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Brian Friel
directed by Garry Hynes

A rural 19th century Irish village faces the arrival of a corps of British military engineers, there to map the area and rename its places. The presence of these outsiders forces the inhabitants to confront a changing and uncertain future, and under this shadow an impossible romance between a soldier and a village girl begins.

Friel's timeless masterpiece is a moving reflection on Irish history, and a poignant story about community, colonialism, identity and the power of language as it affects us all.

Garry Hynes was the first woman to receive the Tony award for best director. She is a founder of the Druid Theatre Company, and her work has been seen at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, where she was artistic director; the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal Court in London, the Kennedy Center, and on Broadway. Recently the Irish Times called her "the director of her generation."

Brian Friel's work has been produced throughout the world, including multiple productions at Dublin's Abbey Theatre, on the West End, and on Broadway. A member of the Irish Academy of Letters, he was elected to Aosdana, the national treasure of Irish artists in 1982. He is a Tony award winner, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Royal Society of Literature. His other plays include Dancing at Lughnasa and Faith Healer.

Produced in association with Manhattan Theatre Club, Artistic director Lynne Meadow, Executive producer, Barry Grove.

Appropriate for ages 12 and up

"The Cast is remarkable.. "
- By Toby Zinman, The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Irish Struggle with British rule in ‘Translations’"
- By Peter Filichia, Star-Ledger Staff

"Arguably the most penetrating Irish playwright of his generation"
- Frank Rich, The New York Times
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(From left to right)
Niall Buggy; David Costabile ; Alan Cox ; Dermot Crowley; Michael FitzGerald; Morgan Hallett ; Geraldine Hughes ; Susan Lynch; Graeme Malcolm; Chandler Williams;
Playwright Brian  Friel
Direction Garry  Hynes
Set Design Francis  O’Connor
Costume Design Francis  O’Connor
Lighting Design Davy  Cunningham
Original Music Sam  Jackson
Sound Design John  Leonard
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Location: Matthews
Seating Chart
Dates: Oct 8 -Oct 29 2006
Run Time:Approx. 1 hr. 55 min. with a 15 min. intermission
Time: Mon - Thurs: 7:30pm
Fri  - 8:00pm
Sat - 3:00pm & 8:00pm
Sun: 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Photo Gallery
Audience Guide
View Trailer
Dialogue on Drama
Schedule Reminder
9/26 Live at the Library

Dialogue on Drama

10/18 Post Performance Discussion
10/19 Pride Night

After Hours

10/22 Post Performance Discussion
10/28 ASL Performance
10/29 Audio Described Perf.

Speaking of Translations
A conversation with Garry Hynes and Emily Mann


In preparation for that production, the play’s director, Garry Hynes, and the theater’s Artistic Director, Emily Mann, got together to talk about Friel, the play, and its implications for the Irish language.

New Jersey State Council on the Arts
This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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