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Atlanta's Aris Theatre Stages Play That Caused Irish Scandal

Sep 15, 2015

Erin Greenway (as Widow Quinn), Chris Rushing (as Christy Mahon) and Sophie Edwards (as Pegeen Mike) will star in Aris Theatre's production of ''The Playboy of the Western World'' by J.M. Synge.
Credit Jessica Fern Hunt

In 1907, riots erupted in the streets of Dublin during and after the opening performance of a play that deeply offended public morals.

“The Playboy of the Western World,” written by playwright John Millington Synge, earned the wrath of Irish nationalists and others unhappy with the work’s theme of patricide.

Next week, an Atlanta theater troupe that celebrates Celtic culture will stage the play. Aris Theatre begins its second season reviving “Playboy,” which will continue through Oct. 11.

On “City Lights,” director John Ammerman and actors Chris Rushing and Sophie Edwards discussed the play with host Lois Reitzes, including what it means to audiences more than a century after its notorious debut.