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‘The Weir’ opening at Hoagland Center for the Arts on Oct. 15

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The Hoogland Center for the Arts is presenting “The Weir” on Oct. 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. The show will be presented in Theatre Three at the Hoogland.

The 1997 play was a winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Play. Playwright Conor McPherson is an Irish playwright, screenwriter and director of stage and film.

The show is being directed by Kevin Purcell of Cobden. Kevin has directed several shows for the Hoogland, including “The Little Years”, “A Doll’s House”, “The Holly and the Ivy”, and “Sylvia”. He also appeared as King Arthur in Hoagland’s 2008 production of “Camelot”. “The Weir” stars Kim Curlee, Sarah Dubach, Derek Olsen, Eric Billingsley and Dan Hill.

The setting for “The Weir” is a rural Irish pub, where three local men are enjoying good beer and company. Their normal routine is shaken up when their friend, Finbar, enters and introduces them to Valerie, an attractive woman from Dublin who has just moved into an old house in the town. As the night (and the amount of liquor) progresses, each man tells a tale of ghostly happenings in the town. “The Weir” is a haunting play with its roots in Irish folklore.

Tickets are available through the center.

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