Someone Who'll Watch Over Me A Play

Frank McGuinness; With an Introduction by Brian Keenan

Farrar, Straus and Giroux



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96 Pages



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Nominated for an Antoinette Perry Award for Best Play

Frank McGuinness's play, introduced by Brian Keenan, explores the daily crisis endured by hostages whose strength comes from communication, both subtle and mundane, humor, wit and faith. In this play, an Englishman, an Irishman and an American are locked up together in a cell in the Middle East. As victims of political action, powerless to initiate change, what can they do? How do they live and survive?

Someone Who'll Watch Over Me, which opened at the Hampstead Theatre, is based on a true story chronicled in the book An Evil Cradling by Irish hostage survivor Brian Keenan, and presented in the movie Hostages (screenplay by Frank McGuinness).


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  • Frank McGuinness; With an Introduction by Brian Keenan

  • Frank McGuinness,born on July 29, 1953, in Buncrana, Donegal, Ireland. He lectures at University College, Dublin. His first major success as a playwright was the 1982 production of Factory Girls. His first internationally acclaimed play is the 1985 Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching towards the Somme. He is also the author of such celebrated plays as Innocence, The Factory Girls and Someone Who'll Watch Over Me. His translations include Ibsen's Rosmersholm, Peer Gynt, Hedda Gabler and A Doll's House; Chekhov's Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya; Lorca's Yerma; Brecht's The Threepenny Opera and The Caucasian Chalk Circle; and Sophocles' Electra and Ostrovsky's The Storm.