On Oct. 10-13 and Oct. 15-16, Eastern's Theatre Program and Drama Society presented "Dancing At Lughnasa" in the Harry Hope Theatre in Shafer Hall. The play was written by Ireland's renowned playwright Brian Friel and directed by assistant professor of theatre J.J. Cobb. Reflecting upon the script, Cobb says, "This is one of my favorite plays of all time. I've had a true affection for this story since seeing the original production more than 20 years ago. I've waited to direct it until the moment when I could gather the right ensemble, to be led primarily by a core of strong, open and passionate women. Now is that moment." An opening night gala for ticket holders was held in the Akus Gallery in Shafer Hall. Featuring Irish music, the event was co-sponsored by the Performing Arts Department, the Women's Center and the Intercultural Center.