I was sitting in a theatre in Dublin, Ireland October 2, 2015 when the stage manager stepped onto the stage and said, “ I am sorry to tell you all, but the great man and playwright, Brian Friel, has died.” We were all thrown by this and very upset. The Stage Manager then added, “Let us applaud Mr. Friel," and he stepped off the stage. There was a moment of quiet and then a thunder of sound as... Read more
The Home Place
Irish Repertory Theatre presents the New York premiere of Brian Friel's 2005 drama The Home Place.
(Photos by Carol Rosegg)
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In the long, hot August of 1878, the widowed Christopher Gore, his son David, and their housekeeper Margaret, with whom they are both in love, reside at The Lodge, the Gore family home in Donegal. Christopher's cousin, Dr. Richard Gore, arrives with the intention of pursuing a Darwin-inspired scientific theory. By measuring the craniums of the indigenous Irish, he hopes to crack the genetic code of the indigenes, demonstrating their (inferior) place in the natural order. Set in the era of uncertainty at the dawn of The Home Rule movement which would begin to restore self-government to the Irish, The Home Place depicts the aftermath of Dr. Gore's 'experiment' as deep animosity is ignited among the suspicious villagers of Ballybeg.