Friel's The Home Place to Premiere at the Guthrie

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The Guthrie Theater will host the American premiere of Brian Friel's The Home Place.

Guthrie artistic director Joe Dowling will helm the production, which replaces the previously announced Friel work, Dancing at Lughnasa. The Home Place, which made its world premiere in 2005 at the Gate Theatre in Dublin, will begin previews Sept. 22 with an official opening Sept. 28. The limited engagement will play through Nov. 25.

The Home Place, which is set in 1878, is described as such: "The widowed Christopher Gore, his son David and the woman they are both in love with, their housekeeper Margaret, live in The Lodge in Ballybeg. But in this era of unrest at the dawn of Home Rule, the seemingly serene life enjoyed at The Lodge is threatened by the arrival of Christopher's English cousin, who unwittingly ignites deep animosity among the villagers of Ballybeg."

Dowling first worked with playwright Friel in 1977 at Dublin's Abbey Theatre, where Dowling was artistic director. Dowling has directed Friel's Aristocrats and Living Quarter (Abbey Theatre, Dublin – world premieres), Dancing at Lughnasa (Gate Theatre, Dublin), Philadelphia, Here I Come! (Roundabout Theatre, New York; Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis) and Molly Sweeney (Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis).

In a statement Dowling said, "With the Guthrie's focus on broadening our repertoire to include new plays, this is a wonderful opportunity. Brian Friel is Ireland's greatest playwright and we're thrilled to be able to present the work of this Tony Award-winning writer."

Friel added, "I'm very pleased that Joe Dowling and the Guthrie are presenting this work to American audiences for the first time." Single tickets will go on sale June 20 through the Guthrie box office.

The Guthrie is located at 818 South 2nd Street (at Chicago Avenue), in downtown Minneapolis. For more information visit

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