2018-11-30 / Events

By the Bog of Cats at UofSC Lab Theatre is a “Dark Fairytale”

Contributed by UofSC Department of Theatre and Dance


Alex Long (seated) and Ezri Fender Alex Long (seated) and Ezri Fender The University of SC Department of Theatre and Dance will present the haunting drama By the Bog of Cats, by leading Irish playwright Marina Carr, December 1–4 at the Lab Theatre.

Set in the ghostly landscape of the bogs of Ireland, By the Bog of Cats traces the desperate journey of Hester Swane, as she fights for respect in the face of a lover’s abandonment and a society that derides her lineage. Playwright Marina Carr’s powerful adaptation of Euripides’ Medea mixes mysticism and hard-hitting modern realism to weave a riveting tale of betrayal, sacrifice, and vengeance.

Senior theatre major Conor Gallagher is directing the production, which he describes as a “dark fairytale.”

Gallagher says he discovered the script while studying abroad last year in Dublin, Ireland when a professor assigned him several Carr plays to study. In Carr’s story, Hester is disparaged because of her heritage as a “Traveller,” a nomadic ethnic group that has existed on the margins of Irish society for centuries. Throughout the play, the constant prejudice she endures becomes increasingly entwined with her personal struggles, leading her down a dark and vengeful path.

Cast in the production are Michael Aveni, Rachael Bates, Sean Calteaux, Caroline Clarke, Ezri Fender, Avery Kral, Alex Long, Jordan Postal, and Noelle Tsintzos.

Shows are at 8 p.m. nightly. Tickets for the production are $10, and available online at theatre.sc.edu or at the door. The Lab Theatre is located at 1400 Wheat Street, on the first floor of the Booker T. Washington building. By the Bog of Cats contains adult con- tent and situations that may not be suitable for children.

For more information about By the Bog of Cats or the theatre program at the University of S.C., contact Kevin Bush via email at bushk@mailbox.sc.edu or by phone at 803-777-9353.

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