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On Book! What’s so wonderful about Tennessee?

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On Book! What’s so wonderful about Tennessee?
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A haunting play written by a man considered to be one of the greatest living English language dramatists will be showcased in San Juan Community Theatre’s On Book! Readers Theatre series, Tuesday, May 27, and Wednesday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m.

Wonderful Tennessee, by Brian Friel, shines its spotlight on three couples on a deserted pier in Ballybeg, Ireland. There to celebrate a birthday, they are waiting for a boat that will take them to a mystical island, rumored to be the site of sacrificial rituals.

The boat fails to arrive and the couples spend a night on an abandoned pier, singing, recounting local history, expounding on religion, and reminiscing on their lives, friendships, secrets, and mishaps.

The reading is directed by Fiona Small, who doubles as narrator, and features a five-person cast of veteran island actors.

Admission is free, doors open at 7 p.m.; festival seating in the Gubelman Theatre. Info,


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