Stage & Dance

Georgetown professor to take play to Ireland

Georgetown College theater professor George McGee has written one play, and he's getting to take it across the pond.

McGee and a group of Georgetown students will present A Fence for Martin Maher, which premiered at the college in December 2008, to Kilkenny, Ireland, from Aug. 21 to 30. The play is partially set in Kilkenny, and it involves the limestone fences that are ubiquitous here and in Ireland. It was written and presented with the support of the Kentucky Humanities Council and in conjunction with a Smithsonian Institute exhibit about the role of fences in building America.

Writing the play, McGee explored his own family history and consulted with Irish playwright John McArdle. In the fall, Georgetown will host Ireland's Mooncoin Players, who will present an original work of their own.

Georgetown will host a public tune-up rehearsal of A Fence for Martin Maher at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 15 in the small cemetery behind and to the side of Knight Hall on the Georgetown campus. If there is inclement weather, the rehearsal will be in Georgetown's Pearce Lab Theatre.