“Dancing at Lughnasa” opens the 2023 season at Rabbit Run Theater
“Dancing at Lughnasa”, May 26 – June 10 (May 26, 27, 28, June 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10)
Box office: 440-428-7092, Wed. – Sun., 3 – 7 p.m.
Shows begin at 7:30 p.m.
MADISON, OH – Rabbit Run Theater opens the 2023 summer season this Friday with the drama “Dancing at Lughnasa”.
Written by Brian Friel, “Dancing at Lughnasa” recounts the joys, sorrows and quirks of the Mundy family. Kate Mundy is the eldest of five sisters living together in a small house in Ireland, circa 1936. The story told through the eyes of Kate’s nephew, Michael, recounts the joys, sorrows and quirks of the household. When their addle-minded brother Jack, a retired priest/missionary, and Michael’s father, Gerry, appear, everything changes forever.
The show is directed by Sandy Kosovich Peck, who has directed, choreographed and performed in numerous productions at Rabbit Run Theater since 2003. Peck teaches acting and theater improv. at The Fine Arts Association in Willoughby, directing their youth productions and summer theater camp.
Kate Mundy is played by Catherine Remick. While this is Remick’s first appearance at Rabbit Run, she has performed in many area theaters including Dobama’s Night Kitchen, Cleveland Public Theater and Chagrin Valley Little Theater’s River Street Stage.
Maggie Mundy is portrayed by Dawn Hill, also appearing for the first time at Rabbit Run. The remaining sisters include Mary Messmore, playing Rose, Sarah Gordon as Agnes and Kelly Smith as Christina. Rounding out the cast is Carl Simoncic as Father Jack Mundy, Ian Ward as Michael Evans, the nephew, and Glenn Bailey, Jr., as Gerry Evans, father to Michael.
“Dancing at Lughnasa” opens May 26 and runs through June 10 and is rated for ages 13+ for content.
Tickets for all performances are available by calling the box office at 440-428-7092, Wednesday through Sunday, 3 to 7 p.m. or online at www.rabbitrun.org. Tickets are $27, adult; $25, senior and student; and $13 for youth 12 and under. For group packages and rates call 440-428-5913.
Guests are welcome to bring a picnic meal to enjoy on the grounds of the theater prior to a show in the picnic pavilion or courtyards.
While taking in a performance of “Dancing at Lughnasa”, patrons may purchase a raffle ticket for Bunny Bucks Cash Raffle, Rabbit Run Community Arts Association’s (RRCAA)’s annual fundraiser.
The Grand Prize is $10,000; second place prize is $4,000, and the third-place prize is $1,000. Additional Bonus Prizes, each with a value of at least $100, are being awarded weekly through Aug. 21.
Only 1,000 tickets will be sold. Tickets are $50 each. The cash prizes will be announced Aug. 26. Tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at 440-428-7092, the RRCAA office at 440-428-5913 or online at rabbitrun.org.
All shows for “Dancing at Lughnasa” begin at 7:30 p.m. Rabbit Run Theater is located at 5648 W. Chapel Rd., Madison, OH. Rabbit Run receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, Dworken & Bernstein, Hearn Plumbing and Heating, Huffman-Mayer –Paolo Wealth Management Group.
Rabbit Run Theater also appreciates support from the Lake County Visitors Bureau and their Arts & Culture Grant program.
Rabbit Run Theater is one of the few barn theaters still in operation and operates under the auspices of RRCAA, a non-profit organization offering year-round instruction in all the major disciplines of the fine and performing arts.
Main post photo credit: Kathy Sandham.
Actors in the photo are (L to R): Dawn Hill as Maggie, Sarah Gordon as Agnes, Mary Messmore as Rose, Kelly Smith as Christina, and Catherine Remick as Kate.
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MY OHIO FUN ROAD TRIP NOTES:
Before you go:
Purchase tickets ahead of time by calling the box office at 440-428-7092, Wednesday through Sunday, 3 to 7 p.m. or online at www.rabbitrun.org.
Dress for the weather. On beautiful days the doors are opened during the productions.
Picnic tables are available.
Limited refreshments are also available.
Parking is free.
Where to enjoy dinner before the show:
Brennan’s Fish House (14 miles)
Crosswinds Grille – Geneva-on-the-Lake (10 miles)
Grand River Cellars Winery – Madison (10 miles)
Pickle Bill’s Lobster House – Grand River (14 miles)
Silvestro’s Depot Cafe – Painesville (12 miles)
4th largest Amish Country – Geauga County
Covered Bridges (19) – Ashtabula County
Geneva-on-the-Lake – Ashtabula County
The Holden Arboretum – Kirtland
James A. Garfield National Historic Site – Mentor
Lake County Captains – Mentor
Lake County History Center – Mentor
Lake Metroparks Farmpark – Kirtland
Where to stay:
There are two hotels located just off the freeway in Madison. The Hampton Inn- Madison and the Holiday Inn Express. Other options available are the Hampton Inn – Ashtabula, Punderson Manor Lodge in Newbury, the Comfort Inn Painesville, Hampton Inn & Suites Mentor and/or Lawnfield Inn & Suites Mentor. For those who also want to spend time in Ohio’s Wine Country, we would suggest The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake or The Lakehouse Inn.
Local Visitor Information:
Ashtabula County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Lake County Visitor Bureau
Akron – 75 miles
Ashtabula – 19 miles
Canton – 87 miles
Cleveland – 45 miles
Columbus – 215 miles
Erie, PA – 65 miles
Medina – 70 miles
Pittsburgh – 140 miles
Youngstown – 70 miles