Lyons Township High School to present ‘Freedom of the City’
Updated: April 8, 2013 7:15AM
LA GRANGE — The Lyons Township High School Theatre Board will present “Freedom of the City” by Brian Friel.
The play explores The Troubles, the long-growing and often violent conflict between the Irish and English over territory and authority in Northern Ireland. While Friel began writing the play before the events now known as Bloody Sunday, he finished the play after that influential and tragic day in history. The play sets the events for Feb. 10, 1970, in the town of Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
A forbidden peaceful protest march ends with heavy military action. Three protestors find unexpected refuge in a normally guarded Mayor’s Office in the Guildhall building. Tensions escalate as rumors about the occupants grow; an ultimatum is issued, and a surrender is attempted. The end result is three executions. The play moves swiftly between the events of the day and the subsequent tribunal of inquiry into those events.
Faculty member Ann Dudek is the director and junior Becky Valek, of LaGrange Highlands, is the assistant director.
Performance dates are at 7 p.m. on March 15 and 16 and at 3 p.m. on March 17 in the North Campus Reber Center, 100 S. Brainard Ave., La Grange. Tickets are $10 each, $5 for children and senior citizens, and free with an LTHS student ID. Tickets may be purchased in the box office before the show. The theatre opens 30 minutes before curtain and the show starts promptly.
Cast list includes Kip Andreoni, Ellie Baird Riley, Katie Burke,Dan Devine, Sean McCrohan, Owen Post, Emma Bergman, Evan Boyd, Kayla Devereux, Louis Hackett, Stephen Longo, Emily Swanson, Owen Swanson, Maddy Brennan, Monica Donnelly, Gillian Dunlop, Audrey McGee, Liz Peterson a nd Mary Wood.