Brian Friel: Plays 2 Dancing at Lughnasa, Fathers and Sons, Making History, Wonderful Tennessee and Molly Sweeney

Brian Friel; Introduction by Christopher Murray

Farrar, Straus and Giroux



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544 Pages


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Introduced by Christopher Murray, this second collection of Brian Friel's plays includes some of his most acclaimed work for the stage. This edition includes Fathers and Sons, Making History, Wonderful Tennessee, Molly Sweeney and Dancing at Lughnasa, which was made into a major motion picture by Sony Pictures.


Praise for Brian Friel: Plays 2

Dancing at Lughnasa
"The play, brilliantly constructed, is the best Friel has yet written."—The Observer

Fathers and Sons (after Turgenev)
"A delicately written play that subtly alters the emphasis of Turgenev's book in the light of modern experience."The Guardian

Making History
"This is Friel's most accomplished and important play since Translations . . . It has the same suppleness of argument and beauty of writing."—Financial Times

Wonderful Tennessee
"Friel is a master . . . The play is a brilliantly notated fugue of laughter and lament."—The New Yorker

Molly Sweeney
"A dramatic poem of cumulative power and irresistible poignancy."—The Observer

"Of all the contemporary authors, there is no one I admire more highly than Brian Friel . . . Molly Sweeney is magnificent, and I read it with great joy."—Peter Brook

"Once again, Friel has achieved a masterpiece."—The Independent on Sunday

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  • Brian Friel; Introduction by Christopher Murray

  • Brian Friel was born in Omagh, County Tyrone (Northern Ireland) in 1929. He received his college education in Derry, Maynooth and Belfast and taught at various schools in and around Derry from 1950 to 1960. He is the author of many plays that have taken their place in the canon of Irish Literature, including Philadelphia, Here I Come! (1964), Lovers (1967), Translations (1980), The Communication Cord (1982), and Dancing at Lughnasa (1990). In 1980 he founded the touring theatre company, Field Day, with Stephen Rea.