Synge's first play, originally performed in 1903, is a bleak one-act set in an isolated farmhouse in Ireland. A tramp wanders into what seems a tragic scene—a wife mourning her dead, and considerably older, husband. But when the wife leaves to find her lover, and the supposedly dead man returns to life, events take an unexpected turn.
About the Author
John Millington Synge (1871–1909) was an Irish playwright, poet, and prose writer. As a young man, he set out to explore Germany, Italy, and France. W. B. Yeats discovered Synge in Paris and persuaded him to return to Ireland to write. He is the author of the plays Riders to the Sea and In the Shadow of the Glen, among many other works.