Thursday, May 14, 2020


Molly Sweeney

A Performance On Screen

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

WHEN: Now through May 16! Two matinees are now available on Friday, May 16, at 3pm EST and Saturday, May 17, at 3pm EST!  
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.

Molly Sweeney “sets a new standard for what online theater can and should aspire to be.”Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal

“a fine and gripping digital production….[Molly] persuaded me to notice the gifts of the current darkness” – Helen Shaw, Vulture

Due to high demand, we are delighted to announce that you’ve got two more chances to see our first performance on screen, Molly Sweeney!

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 we invite our physically 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, who played Mr. Rice in the Keen Company’s production last fall.   LEARN MORE

Performance Schedule:

Thursday, May 14: 7pm

Friday, May 15: 3pm and 8pm

Saturday, May 16: 3pm

Running Time: 2 hours and 25 mins including an intermission

Irish Repertory Theatre would like to thank Geraldine Hughes, Paul O’Brien, the family of Brian Friel, Leah Schmidt of The Agency UK, The Keen Company, and The Howard Gilman Foundation for their support of this special event.