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‘Molly Sweeney’ on Stage

‘Molly Sweeney’ on Stage‘Molly Sweeney’ on Stage

An adapted version of the play ‘Molly Sweeney’ directed by Morteza Mirmontazami will go on stage from February 14 at Iranshahr Theater Hall in Tehran.

Translated by Hamid Amjad, Molly Sweeney (1994) is a two-act play by the late Irish dramatist, short story writer and founder of the Field Day Theater Company, Brian Friel (1929-2015), Honaronline reported.

The story is about Molly, a woman blind since birth, who undergoes an operation to try to restore her sight. Like Friel’s ‘Faith Healer,’ Molly’s story is told through monologues by three characters: Molly, her husband Frank, and her surgeon, Dr. Rice.

Molly has built for herself an independent life, but her encounters with the two men: Frank, the man she marries who is convinced that she can only be complete when her vision is restored, and Rice, a once-renowned eye surgeon who uses Molly to restore his career, destroys her life causing her to go mad.

The play has minimal setting, said the director, noting that his earlier works were all staged with heavy decor.

“In contrast to my earlier productions, which were workshop-based plays, this is the first adapted work where human inter-personal relations are highlighted,” said Mirmontazami.

Elham Korda, Abbas Jamali and Sabere Abar are the cast.

Molly Sweeney had its first performance in 1994 at the Gate Theater in Dublin when it was directed by Friel. It saw its American premiere in 1996 in an Off Broadway production at the Roundabout Theater and won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play of the 1996 season.

The play will be on stage until March 18 at the hall, located at the Iranian Artists’ Forum building, Honar Garden, North Mousavi St., Taleqani Avenue.