Lafferty's Wake

by  Susan Turlish

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4m, 3f

"A real charmer! It'll steal your heart away." - Courier Post

"Full of Irish flavor." - Philadelphia Inquirer

"You don't have to be Irish to love it." - Northeast Times

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Lafferty's Wake

by  Susan Turlish

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Our darlin' wild rover, Charlie Lafferty, is being waked in grand style in his home away from home, the local pub. The audience joins Charlie's widow, his sweet daughter, bumbling son-in-law, the parish priest, and the savvy innkeeper as they celebrate the life and times of ramblin', gamblin' Lafferty. Two hours of sheer fun replete with jokes, jigs, games, stories and songs including such old favorites as "Molly Malone", "Whiskey in the Jar" and "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" guarantee a festive, audience pleasing frolic.

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Reviews

REVIEWS

"A real charmer! It'll steal your heart away." - Courier Post

"Full of Irish flavor." - Philadelphia Inquirer

"You don't have to be Irish to love it." - Northeast Times

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting:

    Lafferty's Wake can be played on a proscenium stage or (ideally) in a Cabaret setting. The play is set in Rory's Pub. There is a bar, a coffin, a jukebox, a piano, sofa, chairs.  Stage can be dresses with typical pub decorations as well as flower arrangements. Suggested costume, set and properties plots are included in the script.

  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive, Play w/ Music
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

4m, 3f

RORY FINN - Owner and publican of 'Rory's Pub' and Master of Ceremonies for Lafferty's Wake. A great friend of Charlie Lafferty and his family for many years. Warm, funny, outgoing, he interacts easily with the mourners on stage and in the audience.
FATHER TERRANCE PETTIGREW - The parish priest, Father knows all and everyone in Ballyslattery. Father finds individuals in the audience who resemble film, TV or political personalities and uses this to involve audience members throughout the show.
KATHLEEN LAFFERTY - Charlie's widow and Mother of their thirteen children.  She is earthy, funny and very much the fighter when she has to be. She loved Charlie very much.
MARGARET 'MAGGIE' CLANCY - Lafferty's daughter, newly married to Patrick whom she adores.
PATRICK CLANCY - Lafferty's son-in-law, newly married to Maggie whom he adores. Not the brightest bulb on the tree but means well.
MOLLY GREANY - An old friend of Lafferty (unbeknowst to Kathleen) who appears at his wake. Attractive, sexy and full of life.
LAFFERTY-OF-OLD - The man himself. A rambler and a gambler, the quintessential Wild Rover.

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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
  • Parts for Senior Actors

Casting Notes

"Lafferty's Wake" is an audience interaction and participation piece. Actors should be comfortable with this and be on their toes to the changes in response from performance to performance. "Lafferty's Wake" includes some traditional Irish tunes so actors should be able and willing to sing.  The play is enriched when songs are accompanied with musical instruments: ie piano, flute, guitars, etc.

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Authors

Susan Turlish

Susan Turlish wrote "Lafferty's Wake" for the Society Hill Playhouse, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1997. The show became an immediate hit with Philadelphia audiences and played in the Society Hill Playhouse Cabaret Theater for five seasons. "Lafferty's Wake" was published by Samuel French in 2000 and has since rec ...

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Lafferty's Wake was commissioned by the Society Hill Playhouse and premiered at the Society Hill Playhouse in Philadelphia, PA in October, 1997.

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