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'The Playboy of the Western World' coming to Danville

Role Players Ensemble to perform satire for two weeks in September

The Role Players Ensemble is set to perform Irish playwright John Millington Synge's "The Playboy of the Western World" in Danville for a two-week run next month.

"The Playboy" is a satire about a young man who happens upon a town with a story of having killed his father. But rather than condemning the man for his deed, the villagers become engrossed in his story and raise him to hero status.

"The most Irish of Irish plays, 'Playboy' embodies the very spirit of telling tales," Role Players reps said in advance of the play, which opens the night of Sept. 1. The play is presented during the Eugene O'Neill Festival, which this year is themed "Telling Tales."

The play is directed by Edward Nattenberg and Eric Fraisher Hayes, and it will be playing at the Village Theatre at 233 Front St. from Sept. 1-17

Tickets cost between $20 and $28, and can be obtained online at www.RolePlayersEnsemble.com, at the Danville Community Center on 420 Front St. or by calling 314-3400.

Theatergoers can attend a free "sneak peek" of the play this Monday (Aug. 14) at 7 p.m. at the Danville Library, 400 Front St.

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