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Molly Sweeney

Molly Sweeney
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Author: Brian Friel
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 57
Pub. Date: 1996
ISBN-10: 0822215322
ISBN-13: 9780822215325
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About the Play:

Winner of the 1996 New York Drama Critics Circle Award as best foreign play

Molly Sweeney is a full-length comedic drama by Brian Friel. The master of Irish theatre tells the story of married couple Molly and Frank, who live in a remote Irish village. Molly has been blind since birth, but now a surgeon Mr. Rice believes he may be able to restore her sight.

Molly Sweeney, by the great Irish playwright Brian Friel, is a beautifully poignant drama centering around three subtly crafted characters who tell their carefully interwoven stories in direct address to the audience. First we have Molly, a woman blind since early infancy, who describes her world before and after an operation to restore some of her sight. Her husband, Frank, who pushed Molly into this operation, relates his view of his wife's journey into sightedness and his dealings with her doctor. Molly's once-famous eye surgeon, Mr. Rice, watches both Molly and Frank and reveals his opinion of them along with his own fears in handling the operation. Through it all we see each character's painful and happy histories, their memories and the events that led them to meet. Their stories interweave on stage, threading in and around each other's lives, until the unexpected and touching conclusion to this striking tale.

Molly Sweeney premiered in 1994 at the Gate Theatre in Dublin, Ireland, and subsequently produced later that year at the Almeida Theatre in London, England. The American premiere was 1996 in an Off Broadway production at the Roundabout Theatre. It won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play of the 1996 season.

Cast: 1 woman, 2 men.

What people say:

"Brian Friel has been recognized as Ireland's greatest living playwright…his latest work, Molly Sweeney…confirms that Mr. Friel still writes like a dream." — The New York Times

"Brian Friel's beautiful and dazzling Molly Sweeney … is one of those marvelous onion plays…As you peel away each plump and juicy layer, another layer emerges underneath, and yet another…What a marvelous play this is! See it — wander in it and wonder at it." — New York Post

"Dispassionate eloquence and psychological honesty … Brian Friel's writing has such vitality and warmth, such kindly accuracy of observation." — Sunday Times (London)

About the Playwright:

Brian Friel (1929 – 2015) was an Irish dramatist, theatre director and author who was for decades a leading voice on stages on both sides of the Atlantic. He received his college education in Derry, Maynooth and Belfast and taught at various schools in and around Derry from 1950 to 1960. Often described as the "Irish Chekhov", he has penned more than 30 plays in a career spanning six decades.