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Wonderful Tennessee - Full Length Play, Drama

Wonderful Tennessee

Brian Friel

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Full Length Play, Drama

3m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573694585

"This mythic journey into a world of ambiguous ritual, classical references and commonplace miseries has something of the magical, yes, almost wordless resonance of a Yeats poem." - The New York Post

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Present Day

Settings Of Play - A remote pier in north-west Donegal.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Exterior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre

This haunting play by one of the foremost modern writers finds three couples on a deserted pier in Ballybeg, Ireland. There to celebrate Terry's birthday, they are waiting for a boat that will take them to a mystical island, rumored to be the site of sacrificial rituals, which he claims to have bought. The boat fails to arrive and drunken hilarity gives way to reflection as the couples play games, tell stories and sing songs to pass the time.

REVIEWS

"This mythic journey into a world of ambiguous ritual, classical references and commonplace miseries has something of the magical, yes, almost wordless resonance of a Yeats poem." - The New York Post

"Friel's plays overflow with emotion...What separates Wonderful Tennessee...is Friel's attention to the unexpected, hidden corners of ... relationships...Poetry rises from his words like fog from the set." - The Los Angeles Times

"Wonderful Tennessee arrives where...Lughnasa was only headed. Tennessee is a richer, deeper, more textured work....And the whole, a deft amalgam of moods from sunny revelry to pre dawn cross examinations of the soul, is splendid." - San Diego Reader

"Beautifully written." - Variety


Wonderful Tennessee was first performed at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, on June 30, 1993 and was directed by Patrick Mason.

Characters

CASTING

3m, 3f

CASTING NOTES

All the characters are in their late thirties/early forties. Terry is Trish's brother. Angela and Berna are sisters.

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

TERRY
BERNA
GEORGE
TRISH
FRANK
ANGELA
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author

Brian Friel

Brian Friel (1929-2015) largely considered modern Ireland's leading playwright, was born to a schoolmaster and a postmistress. After working as a teacher in Derry for ten years, he married Anne Morrison and moved to Donegal to begin writing in earnest. His first significant theatrical success was Philadelphia, Here I Come, which debuted to rave reviews at the Dublin Theatre Festival in 1964. He ... view full profile

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