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College to perform “Red” and “Dancing at Lughnasa” in spring plays

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College to perform “Red” and “Dancing at Lughnasa” in spring plays


​A pair of Tony Award-winning plays will be staged this spring at Grove City College, with students bringing “Red” and “Dancing at Lughnasa” to life.

“Red” by John Logan will be showing at 6 p.m. from Feb. 13-15, and at 7:30 p.m. from Feb. 21-22, at the Little Theatre in the Pew Fine Arts Center on campus.

“Red” takes an intimate look at abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko as he creates murals for the famous Four Seasons Restaurant. The play follows Rothko and his assistant Ken as they work to complete this important commission, but as Ken begins to challenge his employer’s ideology and motivations, Rothko begins to wonder if his generation of art will be “stomped to death” as he helped “stomp” out the Cubists who came before him.

“Dancing at Lughnasa” by Brian Friel will be showing at 8 p.m. from Feb. 13-15, at Ketler Auditorium in the Pew Fine Arts Center on campus.

“Dancing at Lughnasa” focuses on the lives of the five Mundy sisters in their small village of Ballybeg in 1930s Ireland. From the approach of the Industrial Revolution on their rural way of life, to the return of their brother from his missionary work in Uganda, the sisters find their simple lives in Donegal faced with sudden changes that will challenge not only their everyday way of life, but also the love they share for one another.

Both plays are directed by Grove City College Professor of English and Theatre Betsy Craig ’77.

The spring plays are free and open to the public. Tickets can be reserved at Email or call 724-458-3331 with questions. Visit for more information on the plays.

There is a 30-minute window between the end of “Red” and the start of “Dancing at Lughnasa” so interested parties may attend one or both shows in a given night.