Lights of Broadway dimmed in memory of Brian Friel

The late Brian Friel.
The late Brian Friel.
  • World-renowned playwright Brian Friel passed away in Greencastle in October
  • The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York were dimmed for one minute in tribute
  • The tradition of dimming the lights goes back decades and is done in tribute to the greats of Broadway

The lights of New York’s Broadway were dimmed on Tuesday in memory of playwright Brian Friel.

The Tony Award-winning playwright taught in Derry and co-founded the Field Day Theatre Company.

Brian Friel’s writing explored social and political life in Ireland through lyrical dramas which played notably on the Broadway stage.

Charlotte St. Martin

He lived in Greencastle and passed away in October at the age of 86.

The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York were dimmed for one minute in his memory on December 8th, at exactly 6.45pm.

Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League said:“Known as a gifted storyteller whose work achieved international acclaim for over four decades, Brian Friel’s writing explored social and political life in Ireland through lyrical dramas which played notably on the Broadway stage. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and many fans.”

On Broadway, Friel’s plays include: Philadelphia, Here I Come; The Loves of Cass McGuire; Lovers; The Mundy Scheme; The Freedom of the City; Faith Healer; Translations; Dancing at Lughnasa; and Wonderful Tennessee.

Off-Broadway, numerous productions of his plays were presented by the Irish Repertory Theatre, which has the distinction of producing more Friel plays than any other company in the United States.