Theater scholar to present lecture at Princeton University

Irish theater scholar Patrick Lonergan will present a lecture entitled, “Irish Drama After the Celtic Tiger,” on Friday, April 13 at 4:30 p.m. at the Lewis Center for the Arts’ James M. Stewart Theater, 185 Nassau St.  The lecture is part of a series presented by Princeton University’s Fund for Irish Studies.

The event is free and open to the public.

Lonergan is a professor of English and drama at the National University of Ireland in Galway.  His first book, “Theatre and Globalization: Irish Drama in the Celtic Tiger Era,” won the 2009 Theatre Book Prize.

More recently, he has published “The Theatre and Films of Martin McDonagh,” and the edited collection “Synge and His Influences”. Other publications include “Interactions: The Dublin Theatre Festival 1957-2007,” (with Nicholas Grene), “Echoes Down the Corridor: Irish Drama – Past, Present and Future,” (with Riana O’Dwyer) and “The Methuen Drama Anthology of Irish Plays.”

He is currently working on a book called “Performance, Nation and Globalization: Modern Irish Drama and Its International Contexts.”

Lonergan is academic director of the JM Synge Summer School for Irish Drama, a vice-president of IASIL (the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures) and the director of the Irish Theatrical Diaspora project.

With Erin Hurley, he is editor of Methuen Drama’s Critical Companions to Drama and Theatre series.

Lonergan’s lecture will focus on contemporary drama created after the so-called “Celtic Tiger” era, the period of significant economic growth in Ireland from 1995 to 2007, when Ireland, like many countries, went from economic boom to deep recession – and how that societal change impacted the nation’s theater.

Lonergan will be accompanied by five students from the National University of Ireland in Galway, an institution that hosted Princeton students and faculty during a 2011 summer global seminar on “Modern and Contemporary Irish Theatre and Performance.”

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