Molly Sweeney

Molly Sweeney

by Brian Friel

(touring production)


- October 25 and 26 at 7:00 pm; October 27 at 2:00 pm-at Santa Fe Woman's Club,
1616 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe, NM. Tickets at 505-471-1799 and at the door
- November 1, at 7:00 pm-Old San Ysidro Church,
Old Church Road, Corrales, NM. Tickets at 505-471-1799 and at the door
- November 2, at 7:00 pm - Penasco Theatre,
15046 State Rd 75, Penasco, NM. Tickets at 505-471-1799 and at the door
- November 3, at 2:00 pm-United World College in Montezuma, NM
(This performance is not open to the public)
MOLLY SWEENEY by Brian Friel NOTES/ IDEAS/ CONSIDERATIONS: What an extraordinary pleasure it has been to prepare Molly Sweeney for touring! The script led us swiftly and surely into the capable hands of Brian Friel. But, you might say, doesn't that always happen? Simply put - no. Sometimes there are great empty places just beneath the surface of a script. Sometimes the playwright used sleight of hand to get to the next scene, hoping no one would notice ... not Friel. With him there is his deep and broad intellectual, aesthetic, moral and political ground. Then (and here's the key) there's his actual experience in making theater- his work as a writer/director, even set/props/stage hand experience. The theater he makes is radical, mature, transforming. Molly Sweeney reveals such mastery, such generosity, such compassion, that it was as if we had come home. Friel works in Northern Ireland, eyes fixed on the urgency - the necessity- of theater in our times. His plays push past conventional solutions, not in an effort to be "different" or "interesting," but rather to invite a reassessment of what is taken for granted. He suggests a quieting, a blinding, a starting over... in every arena - the social, the artistic, the political - all in a voice that allows for independent thinking, for contemplation linked to action - contemplation in action. His inwardness leads to engagement with the world and it insists on the absolute uniqueness and irreplaceability of the individual person. Friel resists the apocalyptic. He views the fragmentation of value in the modern world as offering us new opportunities, new forms and contexts, new possibilities for reshaping the world and renegotiating identity. There are some ideas this play sets in front of us: - All communication is an act of translation. Storytelling is the essential mode of communication between us. - How is the world in all its beauty, complexity, intricateness, movement - how is it bearable? - What is the root of the modern sense of exile, of loneliness? - The individual is held on all sides by beauty - and face to face - unexpectedly with chaos. How to move forward? -David Olson, Artistic Director/THEATERWORK THE PLAYWRIGHT: Brian Friel was born in Omagh, County Tyrone in 1920. He studied for the Catholic priesthood, but later changed his mind and worked as a teacher between 1950 and 1960. His writing career began with short stories and radio plays. He was one of the founders of Field Day Theatre Company, a group of writers, poets, playwrights and actors - including Seamus Heaney, Seamus Deane and Stephen Rea. This company was a touring company established in Derry in 1980. Friel's plays include Philadelphia, Here I Come; Dancing At Lughnasa; Translations; The Loves of Cass McGuire; Lovers and Faith Healers. He is also known for his translations of plays from Russian and Greek. He has received the NY Drama Critics Circle Award; the Olivier Award; Writers Guild of Britain Award; a Tony Award. CAST BIOGRAPHIES: Jonathan Dixon Jonathan Dixon is a graduate of the University of Iowa. He appeared in theater productions in the Midwest - such as: Anything Goes, Romeo and Juliet, The Beggar's Opera, The Abdication and Equus -before joining TW's Permanent Company. Mr. Dixon has appeared in dozens of TW productions in the last 13 years, including The Threepenny Opera, The Lion In Winter, Phaedra, Emil's Enemies, Amadeus, A Few Stout Individuals, Inventing Van Gogh and The Drawer Boy. Mr. Dixon is a composer and illustrator. IMG_9668 Dan Friedman is a member of TW's Permanent Company, appearing in many productions in the first 17 years in Santa Fe., including: King Lear, Mary Stuart, Uncle Vanya, The Price, Waiting For Godot, The Inspector General, Anna Christie, The Rainmaker, Ophelia, A Month In The Country, The King Stag, A Shayna Maidel, Bach At Leipzig, The Imaginary Invalid, Hysteria, The Rug Merchants of Chaos and The Clean House. Vanessa Rios y Valles Vanessa Rios y Valles was a founding member of Other Side Theatre Ensemble in Portland, Oregon where she worked as an actor, director and playwright. She received her BFA from the College of Santa Fe in 1993, and completed her studies at the British American Drama Academy in London. Ms. Rios y Valles is a member of TW's permanent company, where she has appeared in such plays as: The Diary of Anne Frank, Dialogues of the Carmelites, Of Mice and Men, The Notebook of Trigorin, The Skin of Our Teeth, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Lorca In A Green Dress, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Mariela In the Desert and Beauty of the Father. Molly Sweeney premiered at The Gate Theatre, Dublin in 1994; and in the U.S. by Roundabout Theatre Company, New York. Mr. Friel directed both. Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

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