Dancing at Lughnasa, Brian Friel’s powerful memory play, opens Jan. 19.


Irish Sisters Bistro: Restaurant patrons receive a $5 off coupon to see Dancing at Lughnasa at Pentacle Theatre. Limit of 4 coupons per restaurant party. Irish Sisters Bistro is in the Reed Opera House in downtown Salem.

Irish vocabulary contest: How well do you know your Irish? Coming soon to PentacleTheatre.org is an Irish vocabulary contest. Ten winners will be selected by Pentacle’s Dancing at Lughnasa cast and crew to receive a BOGO (buy one, get one free) ticket offer to attend Dancing at Lughnasa.

Wear green on Saturdays: Wear green and get $5 off the Dancing at Lughnasa ticket price for Saturday night performances. You must wear your green in person and visibly – don’t show us your underwear! — either at the Pentacle Theatre downtown office at 145 Liberty St. NE, or at the theatre box office.

RESTRICTIONS: Only one special coupon, award or discount offer can be used per person, please. In other words, you can’t combine an Irish Sisters Bistro coupon, Irish vocabulary contest offer, buy-one-get-one-free (BOGO) discount, “wear green” discount, or Pentacle Theatre’s regular discounts for seniors, active military or students. You’re welcome to pick whichever single discount is best for you and use that one.

Hear more about Dancing at Lughnasa on KMUZ Community Radio 100.7 FM:

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Set in Ireland in 1936, it’s a summer of changes for the five Mundy sisters as they gather together. Uncle Jack returns from a long mission in Abyssinia, their first radio brings music into their ancestral home, and a young man with a lust for adventure returns for a visit.

Dancing at Lughnasa is a story told by youngest sister’s son, Michael, whose memories as a 7-year old transports the audience back in time to meet these strong women and their family.

Dancing at Lughnasa is often compared to the Tennessee Williams favorite, The Glass Menagerie, and is widely regarded as Brian Friel’s masterpiece. It won the 1992 Tony Award for Best Play, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Broadway Play and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play. Time magazine chose it as one of the 10 best plays of the year. We invite you to join us on this magical journey of memory, illusion and dancing.


What: Dancing at Lughnasa, by Brian Friel, directed by Loriann Schmidt.

When: Jan. 19 – Feb. 10.

Where: Pentacle Theatre, 324 52nd Ave. NW, off Highway 22, about 6 miles west of downtown Salem, Oregon.

Tickets: Tickets range in price from $24-$29.                      

  • $29 for opening night includes a catered post-show party.
  • $25 for Friday and Saturday evening performances.
  • $27 for Sunday matinee performances.
  • $24 for Wednesday and Thursday evening performances.
  • Seniors, students and military are eligible for a $1.50 discount per ticket.

Where to buy: Advance tickets are available at Pentacle’s downtown Salem ticket office at 145 Liberty St. NE or by calling 503-485-4300 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, or online anytime at pentacletheatre.org. Tickets are also available at the theater box office 45 minutes before each performance.

Tickets for low-income persons: In partnership with Salem for All, Pentacle Theatre offers half-price tickets to Oregon Trail Card holders. For information, go to salemforall.org.

CONTENT ADVISORY: Pentacle Theatre seeks to inform our patrons about content that may be objectionable. Because tastes vary—and what is offensive can be subjective—we encourage you to read the script before purchasing a ticket if you’re concerned.

  • Parental Guidance is suggested for mild language.


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