Molly Sweeney

Brian Friel’s play tells the story of Molly, a woman who has been blind since infancy, who undergoes an operation to attempt to restore her sight.

Play title: Molly Sweeney

Author (s): Brian Friel

Publisher: Samuel French

Publication Date: 1994

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Medicine

Secondary Discipline: Neuroscience

Scientist (s): Fictional

Source Texts: The play was in large part inspired by the essay by neurologist Oliver Sacks, “To See and Not See,” published in An Anthropologist on Mars

Character Breakdown: 2m, 1f (Frank, Molly, Mr. Rice)

Setting: Varies

Time Period: Present Day

Synopsis of Play: Brian Friel’s play tells the story of Molly, a woman who has been blind since infancy, who undergoes an operation to attempt to restore her sight. We hear the story from the perspectives of Molly, her husband, Frank, and Dr. Paddy Rice, as three monologues that are woven together to form a powerful drama underscoring the connection between vision and understanding.

First Performance Date: August 9th, 1994

First Producer: Gate Theatre, Dublin

Performance History: Molly Sweeney was first produced at the Gate Theatre, Dublin, on Tuesday, August 9th, 1994. It received its American premiere in 1996 in an Off Broadway production at the Roundabout Theatre. The play was revived at the Print Room theatre in west London in 2013.

Review Links:

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2013/apr/03/molly-sweeney-review

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/01/theater/reviews/01molly.html

http://tech.mit.edu/V118/N13/csweeney.13a.html

http://www.curtainup.com/mollysweeneyirishrep.html

https://variety.com/1996/legit/reviews/molly-sweeney-1200444569/

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/stage/theatre/review-molly-sweeney-1.1692069

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/theatre-reviews/8129240/TranslationsMolly-Sweeney-Leicester-Curve-review.html

https://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2016/10/01/review-molly-sweeney-irish-heritage-theatre/

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/reviews/theatre-review-molly-sweeney-print-room-london-8558211.html

https://www.irishpost.com/entertainment/review-molly-sweeney-the-print-room-london-5564

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/local/longterm/theater/reviews/mollysweeney.htm

https://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/molly-sweeney-steppenwolf-theatre-company/Content?oid=891120

http://articles.latimes.com/1996-11-15/entertainment/ca-64740_1_molly-sweeney

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1996-07-22/features/9607220016_1_molly-sweeney-monologues-brian-friel

Entered by: Denise Gillman and Meaghan Yesford

Photo/Visual Research with citations:

                             
2017, The Print Room                                                               2011, Irish Repertory Theatre                                                       

                                                    

2011, Irish Repertory Theatre, Photo: Carol Rosegg                2011, Irish Repertory Theatre, Photo: T. Charles Erickson               

             

2011, Irish Repertory   Theatre, Photo: T. Charles Erickson

 

 

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