Brian Friel's Translations Begins Broadway Run

By Kenneth Jones
04 Jan 2007

Morgan Hallett as Sarah in MTC's Translations.
Morgan Hallett as Sarah in MTC's Translations.
Photo by Joan Marcus

A quarter century after introducing American audiences to Brian Friel's Translations Off-Broadway, Manhattan Theatre Club brings the play to Broadway starting Jan. 4.

The new production is directed by Tony Award winner Garry Hynes (The Beauty Queen of Leenane), and is presented in association with New Jersey's McCarter Theatre.

Following its fall 2006 run in Princeton, Translations plays MTC's Biltmore Theatre on Broadway. Opening is Jan. 25.

According to MTC, "Clashing cultures and tragedies of miscommunication unfold in Friel's invented Irish county of Ballybeg, a place he has explored in his plays Dancing at Lughnasa, Aristocrats and Molly Sweeney. Poignant and moving, Translations depicts the power of language to unite and divide people in a time of cultural imperialism." The play is set in 1833.



The cast includes Niall Buggy, David Costabile, Alan Cox, Dermot Crowley, Michael FitzGerald, Morgan Hallett, Geraldine Hughes, Susan Lynch, Graeme Malcolm and Chandler Williams.

Niall Buggy and Susan Lynch are appearing with the permission of Actors' Equity Association.

The design team for Translations includes Francis O'Connor (set and costume), Davy Cunningham (lighting), John Leonard (sound) and Sam Jackson (original music).

Joe Dowling directed the 1981 MTC production Off-Broadway. Barnard Hughes was among its players. In 1995, the play made its Broadway debut in a production that ran a month. Howard Davies directed a troupe that included Brian Dennehy, Dana Delany, Rufus Sewell, Donal Donnelly, Michael Cumpsty, among others.

Friel was born in Omagh, County Tyrone and now lives in Donegal. In 2005, The Home Place opened at The Gate Theatre in Dublin and subsequently transferred to the Comedy Theatre in London. His other work includes The Enemy Within (1962), Philadelphia, Here I Come! (1964), The Loves of Cass McGuire (1966), Lovers (1967), Crystal and Fox (1968), The Mundy Scheme (1969), The Gentle Island (1971), The Freedom of the City (1973), Volunteers (1975), Living Quarters (1977), Aristocrats (1979), Faith Healer (1979), Three Sisters (after Chekhov - 1981), Father and Sons (after Turgenev - 1987), Making History (1988), Dancing at Lughnasa (1990), The London Vertigo (after Macklin - 1991), Wonderful Tennessee (1993), Molly Sweeney (1994), Give Me Your Answer, Do! (1997), Uncle Vanya (after Chekhov - 1998), The Bear (2002), Afterplay (2002) and Performances (2003).

Hynes founded Druid Theatre Company in 1975 and worked as its artistic director from 1975 to 1991, and from 1995 to date. From 1991 to 1994 she was artistic director of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.

Single tickets ($86.25-$26.25) are available by calling Telecharge.com at (212) 239-6200 or at www.telecharge.com or at the Biltmore Theatre box office, 261 West 47th Street.

For more information, visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.