Irish Rep Staging of Brian Friel's Molly Sweeney Completes Long Wharf Season

News   Irish Rep Staging of Brian Friel's Molly Sweeney Completes Long Wharf Season
 
The Irish Repertory Theatre production of Tony Award-winning playwright Brian Friel's Molly Sweeney, directed by Charlotte Moore, will play the Long Wharf Theatre this fall.

Long Wharf announced the production as the final  production of its 2011-2012 season. Molly Sweeney will fill the Sept. 14-Oct. 16 slot. The  play was well-received Off-Broadway this spring, prompting a month-long extension.

IRT artistic director Moore staged the play that centers on the titular character, blind since birth, who "only knows of the world through touch, sound, taste, and smell. But when she is goaded into an operation to restore her sight by her husband and doctor, she sees for the first time all the glory and harsh realities of the life she is living. Molly’s tale moves toward an unexpected and poignant conclusion about the way we perceive our existence."

The Off-Broadway cast included Tony nominee Jonathan Hogan (As Is, Burn This, Fifth of July), Geraldine Hughes (Translations) and Ciarán O'Reilly (Candida, Aristocrats). Simone Kirby later joined the production, succeeding Geraldine Hughes in the title role.

It has not been revealed whether the Off-Broadway cast will reunite at Long Wharf.

The Irish Rep production had set design by Jim Morgan, costume design by Linda Fisher, lighting design by Richard Pilbrow and Michael Gottlieb, and sound design by Zach Williamson. Click here to read Playbill.com's article about the 2011-2012 Long Wharf season, including the world-premiere stage adaptation of William Styron's acclaimed novel Sophie’s Choice, starring Carla Gugino.

For tickets visit LongWharf.org. The Long Wharf Theatre is located at 222 Sargent Drive in New Haven, CT.

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