Arabian nights
Green Grow


Translations Poster


2014 Fall Performance

Translations by Brian Friel

Performance Dates and Times:

November 14, 15, 21, 22 @ 8PM 

Performance Location:

Mahan Theatre, United States Naval Academy

Ticket Prices:

$12 for the Public
$10 for Groups of 10+
$5 for Midshipmen


The action takes place in late August 1833 at a hedge-school in the townland of Baile Beag, an Irish-speaking community in County Donegal. In a nearby field camps a recently arrived detachment of the Royal Engineers, making the first Ordnance Survey.  For the purposes of cartography, the local Gaelic place names have to be recorded and rendered into English.  In examining the effects of this operation on the lives of a small group, Brian Friel skillfully reveals the far-reaching personal and cultural effects of an action which is at first sight purely administrative.

Parking and Entering the U.S. Naval Academy:

  • Any military or DoD personnel with a valid military ID can drive directly onto the Academy grounds.  The closest parking to the theater is Alumni Hall parking lot.  There is limited parking in front of Mahan Hall.
  • For all other audiences, parking is available out in town.  The Bladen Street/Calvert Street Parking Garage by St. John's College is available for free parking.  GATE 3 of USNA (located at the end of Maryland Avenue) is open until 9PM to any visitor with a valid ID.  GATE 1 (located at the end of King George Street) is open until 1AM on weekends.  
  • Mahan Theatre is located on Maryland Avenue, within USNA.  A tall clock tower graces the roof of the building.

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