The Easter Rising tore Ireland apart. William Butler Yeats and Lady Gregory founded the Irish Literary Theater, the National Theater of Ireland. The Abbey Theater premiered "Spreading the News," directed by Frank and Willie Fay.
"Juno and the Paycock" saved the Abbey Theater from bankruptcy. O'Casey was born in a tenement house; he and his brother frequently entertained parties by performing scenes from William Shakespeare. "Shadow of a Gunman," "Juno and the Paycock," and "The Plow and the Stars" comprise the playwright's Dublin trilogy.
Captain Jack Boyle and Joxer Daly serve as comic relief for the play. Johnny Boyle worries that the IRA will execute him but insists he would do it all over again.
The Boyles learn they will receive the inheritance. Johnny is shot because he betrayed Robbie Tancred; Juno Boyle laments the loss of her son. "The Plough in the Stars" caused a riot at the Abbey Theater when it premiered.
Credits: The Irish Theater: O'Casey's Juno and the Paycock
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This video tells the story of the Abbey Theater in Dublin and of the career of Sean O'Casey. It includes scenes from his play Juno and the Paycock.
Length: 17 minutes
Copyright date: ©1983
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