Broadway dims its lights in memory of Brian Friel tonight


The Broadway League has announced that the Broadway theatres will dim their marquee lights tonight in memory of Tony Award-winning playwright Brian Friel.

President Charlotte St. Martin commented:

"Known as a gifted storyteller whose work achieved international acclaim for over four decades, Brian Friel's writing explored social and political life in Ireland through lyrical dramas which played notably on the Broadway stage. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and many fans."

Mr. Friel was born in Omagh, Northern Ireland on 9 January 1929 and passed away on 2 October 2015 in Greencastle, Ireland, at the age of 86. The lights will be dimmed at exactly 6:45pm tonight for one minute.

He won a Tony Award for Best Play in 1992 for 'Dancing at Lughnasa,' and earned nominations for 'Lovers' in 1969 and 'Philadelphia, Here I Come!' in 1966. His other Broadway credits include 'The Loves of Cass McGuire' (1966), 'The Mundy Scheme' (1969), 'The Freedom of the City' (1974), 'Faith Healer' (1979/2006), 'Wonderful Tennessee' (1993) and 'Translations' (1995/2007).

- by Tom Millward

Brian Friel 1929 - 2015