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Freedom of the City, The - Full Length Play, Drama

Freedom of the City, The

Brian Friel

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Full Length Play, Drama

16m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573609152

"Friel fleshes the awful, numbing casualty statistics and gives them breath and life." - Sunday Telegraph

"Friel has written the best Northern Irish play since the present troubles began." - Financial Times

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Docudrama/Historic

105 Minutes

Time Period - 1970s

Settings Of Play - Derry City, Northern Ireland. 1970.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Cutting Approved for Competition, Scene work, Competition or audition material

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Gun Shots, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

Set in Londonderry in 1970, this gripping drama is by the acclaimed author of Faith Healer and Translations, explores the ongoing Irish "troubles" that plague the country to this day. An unauthorized Civil Rights March has been dispersed and three demonstrators, two young men and a middle-aged mother of 11, take refuge in the Town Hall. Hysterical rumor inflates the trio to 40 armed rebels and they are besieged. When they surrender they are shot.

"Friel fleshes the awful, numbing casualty statistics and gives them breath and life." - Sunday Telegraph

"Friel has written the best Northern Irish play since the present troubles began; it is also the least tainted by propaganda or the simplifications to which such a subject becomes prone." - Financial Times

The Freedom of the City was first presented in the United States at the Goodman Theatre Center in Chicago, Illinois. It was directed by William Woodman. The play was subsequently presented Off Broadway by Konrad Matthaei and Hale Matthews at the Alvin Theatre in New York City on February 17, 1974. It was also directed by William Woodman.
Characters

CASTING

16m, 1f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Flexible casting, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

LILY - 43. Has 11 children and her body has long since settled into its own comfortable contours. But poverty and child-bearing have not completely obliterated the traces of earl prettiness.
SKINNER - 21. Very lean, very tense, very restless. He is described as "glib" but the adjective is less than just. A quick volatile mind driving a lean body.
MICHAEL - 22. Strong, regular features, but not handsome.
PRESS PHOTOGRAPHSE
PRIEST
JUDGE
POLICE CONSTABLE
DR. DOBBS - Sociologist
BALLAD SINGER
BRIGADIER JOHNSON HANSBURY
ARMY PRESS OFFICER
DR. WINBOURNE - Forensic expert
PROFESSOR CUPPLEY - Pathologist
LIAM O'KELLEY - RTE Commentator
SOLDIERS, REPORTERS, BARKEEP
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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