New York City
Written by Ireland’s most renowned living playwright, Brian Friel, Molly Sweeney is a poignant tale conveyed to the audience by three complex characters. First there is Molly, blind since infancy and relatively content in her sightless universe. Then there is Frank, her ambitious but well-meaning husband who forever pushes and prods Molly towards an operation that might restore her vision. Completing the bizarre triangle is Mr. Rice, Molly’s once famous, now alcoholic, eye-surgeon who dreams of restoring himself by restoring Molly. Their individual stories interweave on stage, threading in and around each other’s lives, until the unexpected and striking conclusion that begs the question, “Which of these three have gained sight, and who can actually see?” Richard Pettibone directs.