Tuesday, May 5, 2020


Molly Sweeney

A Performance On Screen
Running Time: 2 hours and 15 mins including a 15 minute intermission

By Brian Friel
Directed by Charlotte Moore
With Geraldine Hughes, Paul O'Brien, and Ciarán O'Reilly

WHEN: May 12 – May 15, 2020. Tuesday, May 12: 7pm, Wednesday, May 13: 3pm, Thursday, May 14: 7pm, Friday, May 15: 8pm.
TICKETS: This event is free to attend, but advance reservations are required. If you are in a position to support us, we ask that you please consider a donation of $25 per viewer.
Tickets are limited to this digital event. Reservations will open to the public on Wednesday, May 6, at 1pm. Reservations Available Now for Irish Rep Members Only!
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“A deeply moving meditation on hope, change and despair…astonishing” – The New York Times

Molly has lived in happy, capable, and independent darkness since she was ten months old. When Frank, her restless, unemployed, and enthusiastic husband, makes her blindness his latest cause, he recruits Mr. Rice, a once famous surgeon who, despite being half-drowned in Irish whiskey, agrees to attempt to restore Molly’s sight.

When the bandages come off, Molly, Frank, and Dr. Rice discover the differences between seeing and understanding as they face the terrible consequences of a medical miracle.

Molly Sweeney, Brian Friel's brilliant study of psychological isolation, exquisitely resonates today as Irish Repertory Theatre invites our socially distanced audience to take part in our inaugural performance on screen—a new theatre experience for the COVID-19 hiatus. Geraldine Hughes and Ciarán O’Reilly are reprising their roles from the acclaimed 2011 Irish Rep production, joined by Irish Rep regular, Paul O’Brien.


  • Daily: The Show Must Go Online continues. Keep an eye on social media for selections of Irish music, plays, and poems from Colin McPhillamy, Celtic Woman, and more!
  • Thursday, May 7 at 1pm, tune in for Episode 6 of Meet the Makers: Oscar, Emmy, and Tony Award winner Tony Walton in conversation with Artistic Director Charlotte Moore and Producing Director Ciarán O'Reilly.

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