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WCSU In Danbury To Host Original Play By Professor

Cast members Nick Raines, Brianna Bagley, David Fejes and Sam Strizver star in “Two Nights Near Doolin.”
Cast members Nick Raines, Brianna Bagley, David Fejes and Sam Strizver star in “Two Nights Near Doolin.” Photo Credit: WCSU Photo: Peggy Stewart

DANBURY, Conn. — An assignment to find an Irish story to air as a movie of the week ultimately led to the creation of an original play to be staged this month at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury.

Louisa Burns-Bisogno, a professor in the university's department of writing, linguistics and creative process, said the idea for the play, “Two Nights Near Doolin” started in the early 1980s.

"I was given an assignment by my producer to find an Irish story for American television,” she said in a statement. “It was the height of ‘The Troubles’ — the bloody civil war in the North. I witnessed several tragic events and many innocents were caught in the crossfire. This folded into a story that I heard while a graduate student at Trinity College, Dublin, in 1990 about an American who went in search of his own family history.

“The play’s setting came about in the mid-90s when I was invited to read my paper at the First International Conference on the Irish Diaspora at the University of Cork. While there, I attended my own ‘Clancy Clan’s annual meeting.’ On my way from that event to Cork, I stopped by a little village called Doolin. Located near the famous Cliffs of Moher, Doolin was the center of Irish traditional music and is now a major tourist site. Back then however, musicians would just come down from the hills and jam."

“Two Nights Near Doolin,” will be performed in the Reimold Theatre in Berkshire Hall on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St., Danbury, at the following times:

  • 7 p.m. Oct. 9 and Oct. 10;
  • 8 p.m. Oct. 11 and Oct. 18;
  • 2 and 8 p.m. Oct. 12;
  • 2 p.m. Oct. 13 and Oct. 20; and
  • noon and 8 p.m. Oct. 19

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and $10 for WCSU faculty and staff, plus ticketing fees, and are available here or by calling 203-837-TIXX.

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