Audition update – August 28 at 5pm

Below is the audition schedule as it stands on 8/28 at 5pm. If you have questions about any of it, please email emersonstage@emerson.edu.

Thursday, September 3 — Semel Theatre
Thu 3 Nickname
6:00 PM Elliot Masters
6:05 PM Jade Zaroff
6:10 PM Caroline Ullman
6:15 PM Lindsay Flathers
6:20 PM Abbey May
6:25 PM Chelsea Unzner
6:30 PM Sarah Franco
6:35 PM Liz Adams
6:40 PM Jane Reagan
6:45 PM Khyati Sehgal
6:50 PM Madeline Addis
6:55 PM Samantha Edelman
7:00 PM Jake Stibbe
7:05 PM Emeralda Ross
7:10 PM Evan Vihlen
7:15 PM Juliet McCarthy
7:20 PM Fay Lee Thung
7:25 PM Break
7:30 PM Break
7:35 PM Camra Godwin
7:40 PM Sheila Kelleher
7:45 PM Molly Leach
7:50 PM Andrew Flynn
7:55 PM Kelley Davies
8:00 PM Deedee Elbieh
8:05 PM Serena Koo
8:10 PM Ellie Brelis
8:15 PM Mikayla Bishop
8:20 PM Justin Masters
8:25 PM Allie Wittner
8:30 PM Ashley Goverman
8:35 PM Mariam Paracha
8:40 PM Christopher Falcioni
8:45 PM Lyndsay Tucker
8:50 PM Break
8:55 PM Break
9:00 PM Dylan Dagenais
9:05 PM Anthony Zambito
9:10 PM  AVAILABLE
Friday, September 4 — Paramount Studio 8
6:00 PM Simon Kiser
6:05 PM Valerie Madden
6:10 PM Isa Braun
6:15 PM Samantha Kennedy
6:20 PM Katharine Johnson
6:25 PM Kelly Hutt
6:30 PM Noah Pattillo
6:35 PM Andrea Leon-Ramos
6:40 PM Emma Lukens
6:45 PM Jessica Price
6:50 PM Adam Settlage
6:55 PM Kira Compton
7:00 PM Marissa Levine
7:05 PM Shay Denison
7:10 PM Maddie Fabricant
7:15 PM Cora Swise
7:20 PM Katherine Logan
7:25 AM Break
7:30 AM Break
7:35 PM Ryanna Dunn
7:40 PM Taylor Hadra
7:45 PM Victoria Brancazio
7:50 PM Lissette Velez-Cross
7:55 PM Emma Stephenson
8:00 PM Andrew Sianez-De La O
8:05 PM Becky Brinkerhoff
8:10 PM Abigail Arora
8:15 PM Katie Pintado
8:20 PM Gentë Retkoceri
8:25 PM Rachel Hunsinger
8:30 PM Katie grindeland
8:35 PM Jake Smerechniak
8:40 PM Mitchell Buckley
8:45 PM Morgan Capodilupo
8:50 PM Break
8:55 PM Break
9:00 PM Mona Moriya
9:05 PM Allie Gilman
9:10 PM Megan Mistretta
9:15 PM Susannah Wilson
9:20 PM Daniel Klingenstein
9:25 PM Caroline Shannon
9:30 PM Aylin Eker
9:35 PM Penelope de la Rosa
9:40 PM Available
9:45 PM Available
9:50 PM Available
9:55 PM Available
10:00 PM Available
10:05 PM Available
10:10 PM Available
10:15 PM Available
Saturday, September 5 — Paramount Studio 8
12:15 PM Available
12:20 PM Chloe Knight
12:25 PM Available
12:30 PM Hannah Eastman
12:35 PM Available
12:40 PM Codie Higer
12:45 PM Lydia Jane Graeff
12:50 PM Maggie Dunleavy
12:55 PM Available
1:00 PM Patricia de la Garza
1:05 PM Eloise O’Keeffe
1:10 PM Ashley Dixon
1:15 PM Alessandra Esparza
1:20 PM Break
1:25 PM Break
1:30 PM Josh Telepman
1:35 PM Dana Stern
1:40 PM Rachel Brunner
1:45 PM Rachel Gallagher
1:50 PM Krysten Schmelzer
1:55 PM Available
2:00 PM Sabrina Comellas
2:05 PM Mary Allendorph
2:10 PM Alex Richardson
2:15 PM Monica Rosenblatt
2:30 PM Emily Elmore
2:35 PM Andrea Sweeney
2:40 PM Devereaux Merchant
2:45 PM Krystyana Greaves
2:50 PM Nicole Ledoux
2:55 PM Kelly Downes
3:00 PM Jonah Ongman
3:05 PM Break
3:10 PM Maria Fernandez
3:15 PM Break
3:20 PM Mary Krantz
3:25 PM Olivia Rubbo
3:30 PM Andrew Alcaraz
3:35 PM Renée Gros
3:40 PM Meghan Cotoni
3:45 PM Saia Meyerhoff
3:50 PM Meg Ciabotti
3:55 PM Abigail Arora
4:00 PM Amanda Rose Wallace
4:05 PM Sawyer Fuller
4:10 PM Brigitte Bakalar
4:15 PM Jenni Chapman
4:20 PM Break
4:25 PM Break
4:30 PM Mary Frances Noser
4:35 PM Rachel Snavely
4:40 PM Angelina Raquel Morales
4:45 PM Zach Holden
4:50 PM Bonnie Atterstrom
4:55 PM Sydney Torres
5:00 PM Beth Gilchrist
5:05 PM Ansley Hamilton
5:10 PM Pablo Feldman
5:15 PM Lily Richards
5:20 PM Lindsey Young
5:25 PM Sydney Strachyra
5:30 PM Available
5:35 PM Available
5:40 PM Available
5:45 PM Available
5:50 PM Available
5:55 PM Available

 

Audition update – Aug 26, 5:30pm

Below are the audition reservations for EmStage’s fall auditions as of 5:30pm on Wednesday, August 26.

 

Thursday, September 3 — Semel Theatre
TIME NAME
6:05 Jade Zaroff
6:10 Caroline Ullman
6:15 Lindsay Flathers
6:20 PM Abbey May
6:25 PM Chelsea Unzner
6:30 PM Sarah Franco
6:35 PM Liz Adams
6:40 PM Jane Reagan
6:45 PM Khyati Sehgal
6:50 PM Madeline Addis
6:55 PM Samantha Edelman
7:00 PM Jake Stibbe
7:05 PM Emeralda Ross
7:10 PM Evan Vihlen
7:15 PM Juliet McCarthy
7:20 PM Fay Lee Thung
7:25 PM Break
7:30 PM Break
7:35 PM Camra Godwin
7:40 PM Sheila Kelleher
7:45 PM Molly Leach
7:50 PM Andrew Flynn
7:55 PM Kelley Davies
8:00 PM Deedee Elbieh
8:05 PM Serena Koo
8:10 PM Ellie Brelis
8:15 PM Mikayla Bishop
8:20 PM Justin Masters
8:25 PM Available
8:30 PM Ashley Goverman
8:35 PM Available
8:40 PM Available
8:45 PM Available
8:50 PM Break
8:55 PM Break
9:00 PM Dylan Dagenais
Friday, September 4 — Paramount Studio 8
6:00 PM Simon Kiser
6:05 PM Valerie Madden
6:10 PM Isa Braun
6:15 PM Samantha Kennedy
6:20 PM Katharine Johnson
6:25 PM Kelly Hutt
6:30 Noah Pattillo
6:35 PM Andrea Leon-Ramos
6:40 PM Emma Lukens
6:45 PM Jessica Price
6:50 PM Adam Settlage
6:55 PM Kira Compton
7:00 PM Marissa Levine
7:05 PM Shay Denison
7:10 PM Maddie Fabricant
7:15 PM Cora Swise
7:20 PM Katherine Logan
7:25 AM Break
7:30 AM Break
7:35 PM Ryanna Dunn
7:40 PM Taylor Hadra
7:45 PM Victoria Brancazio
7:50 PM Lissette Velez-Cross
7:55 PM Emma Stephenson
8:00 PM Andrew Sianez-De La O
8:05 PM Becky Brinkerhoff
8:10 PM Abigail Arora
8:15 PM Katie Pintado
8:20 PM Gentë Retkoceri
8:25 PM Rachel Hunsinger
8:30 PM Katie grindeland
8:35 PM Jake Smerechniak
8:40 PM Mitchell Buckley
8:45 PM Morgan Capodilupo
8:50 PM Break
8:55 PM Break
9:00 PM Mona Moriya
9:05 PM Allie Gilman
9:10 PM Megan Mistretta
9:15 PM Susannah Wilson
9:20 PM Daniel Klingenstein
9:25 PM Available
9:30 PM Available
9:35 PM Available
9:40 PM Available
9:45 PM Available
9:50 PM Available
9:55 PM Available
10:00 PM Available
10:05 PM Available
10:10 PM Available
10:15 PM Available
Saturday, September 5 — Paramount Studio 8
12:30 PM Hannah Eastman
12:35 PM Available
12:40 PM Codie Higer
12:45 PM Lydia Jane Graeff
12:50 PM Available
12:55 PM Available
1:00 PM Patricia de la Garza
1:05 PM Available
1:10 PM Ashley Dixon
1:15 PM Alessandra Esparza
1:20 PM Break
1:25 PM Break
1:30 PM Josh Telepman
1:35 PM Dana Stern
1:40 PM Rachel Brunner
1:45 PM Rachel Gallagher
1:50 PM Krysten Schmelzer
1:55 PM Available
2:00 PM Sabrina Comellas
2:05 PM Mary Allendorph
2:10 PM Alex Richardson
2:15 PM Monica Rosenblatt
2:30 PM Emily Elmore
2:35 PM Andrea Sweeney
2:40 PM Devereaux Merchant
2:45 PM Krystyana Greaves
2:50 PM Nicole Ledoux
2:55 PM Kelly Downes
3:00 PM Jonah Ongman
3:05 PM Break
3:10 PM Maria Fernandez
3:15 PM Break
3:20 PM Mary Krantz
3:25 PM Olivia Rubbo
3:30 PM Andrew Alcaraz
3:35 PM Renée Gros
3:40 PM Meghan Cotoni
3:45 PM Saia Meyerhoff
3:50 PM Meg Ciabotti
3:55 PM Abigail Arora
4:00 PM Amanda Rose Wallace
4:05 PM Sawyer Fuller
4:10 PM Brigitte Bakalar
4:15 PM Jenni Chapman
4:20 PM Break
4:25 PM Break
4:30 PM Mary Frances Noser
4:35 PM Rachel Snavely
4:40 PM Angelina Raquel Morales
4:45 PM Zach Holden
4:50 PM Bonnie Atterstrom
5:00 PM Beth Gilchrist

Audition update – as of 5:30 on Aug 25

Hello actors (and other EmStage readers) —

Online signups for EmStage’s Fall 2015 Auditions went live this afternoon; if you are a rising sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student in the Performing Arts department, you should have recieved details via email this afternoon.

We will be posting regular updates of the audition signup schedule every few days, to make sure that we’re all on the same page (technology is fun, isn’t it?). You’ll note below that I’m listing both what the current offered range of auditions is, and what the total window for that day is. As we fill the currently offered slots, we will open up additional times until we reach that final cutoff point. So…if you don’t see a time you want…stay tuned!

Below are the audition slots confirmed as of 5:30pm this afteroon (Tuesday, August 25). If you are looking at the below and feel that something is in error, please reach out to emersonstage (at) emerson (dot) edu.

Merci!

Auditions for Thursday, September 3, Semel Theater
Currently offered 6pm-9:15, will go no later than 11pm

6:00pm AVAILABLE
6:05 PM Jade Zaroff
6:10 PM Caroline Ullman
6:15 PM Lindsay Flathers
6:20 PM AVAILABLE
6:25 PM AVAILABLE
6:30 PM Sarah Franco
6:35 PM Liz Adams
6:40 PM Jane Reagan
6:45 PM AVAILABLE
6:50 PM Madeline Addis
6:55 PM Samantha Edelman
7:00 PM Jake Stibbe
7:05 PM Emeralda Ross
7:10 PM Mikayla Bishop
7:15 PM Juliet McCarthy
7:20 PM Fay Lee Thung
7:25 PM BREAK
7:30 PM BREAK
7:35 PM Camra Godwin
7:40 PM Sheila Kelleher
7:45 PM Molly Leach
7:50 PM Andrew Flynn
7:55 PM Kelley Davies
8:00 PM Deedee Elbieh
8:05 PM AVAILABLE
8:10 PM AVAILABLE
8:15 PM AVAILABLE
8:20 PM AVAILABLE
8:25 PM AVAILABLE
8:30 PM AVAILABLE
8:35 PM AVAILABLE
8:40 PM AVAILABLE
8:45 PM AVAILABLE
8:50 PM Break
8:55 PM Break
9:00 PM AVAILABLE
9:05 PM AVAILABLE
9:10 PM AVAILABLE
9:15 PM AVAILABLE

 

Auditions for Friday, September 4, Paramount Studio 8
Currently offered 6:00-9:15pm, will go no later than 11pm

6:00 PM Simon Kiser
6:05 PM Valerie Madden
6:10 PM Isa Braun
6:15 PM Samantha Kennedy
6:20 PM Katharine Johnson
6:25 PM Kelly Hutt
6:30 PM Noah Pattillo
6:35 PM Andrea Leon-Ramos
6:40 PM Emma Lukens
6:45 PM AVAILABLE
6:50 PM Adam Settlage
6:55 PM Kira Compton
7:00 PM Marissa Levine
7:05 PM Shay Denison
7:10 PM Maddie Fabricant
7:15 PM Cora Swise
7:20 PM Samantha Edelman
7:25 PM BREAK
7:30 PM BREAK
7:35 PM Ryanna Dunn
7:40 PM Taylor Hadra
7:45 PM Victoria Brancazio
7:50 PM AVAILABLE
7:55 PM AVAILABLE
8:00 PM Andrew Sianez-De La O
8:05 PM AVAILABLE
8:10 PM AVAILABLE
8:15 PM AVAILABLE
8:20 PM AVAILABLE
8:25 PM AVAILABLE
8:30 PM Katie Grindeland
8:35 PM Jake Smerechniak
8:40 PM Mitchell Buckley
8:45 PM Morgan Capodilupo
8:50 PM BREAK
8:55 PM BREAK
9:00 PM AVAILABLE
9:05 PM AVAILABLE
9:10 PM AVAILABLE
9:15 PM AVAILABLE

Auditions for Saturday, September 5, Paramount Studio 8
Scheduled for noon-6pm, currently offered 1:30-5pm

1:30 PM AVAILABLE
1:35 PM AVAILABLE
1:40 PM AVAILABLE
1:45 PM AVAILABLE
1:50 PM AVAILABLE
13:55 AVAILABLE
2:00 PM Sabrina Comellas
2:05 PM Mary Allendorph
2:10 PM Alex Richardson
2:15 PM Monica Rosenblatt
2:20 PM AVAILABLE
2:25 PM AVAILABLE
2:30 PM Emily Elmore
2:35 PM Andrea Sweeney
2:40 PM Devereaux Merchant
2:45 PM Krystyana Greaves
2:50 PM Nicole Ledoux
2:55 PM Kelly Downes
3:00 PM Jonah Ongman
3:05 PM BREAK
3:10 PM Maria Fernandez
3:15 PM BREAK
3:20 PM Mary Krantz
3:25 PM Olivia Rubbo
3:30 PM Andrew Alcaraz
3:35 PM Renée Gros
3:40 PM Meghan Cotoni
3:45 PM AVAILABLE
3:50 PM Meg Ciabotti
3:55 PM Abigail Arora
4:00 PM Amanda Rose Wallace
4:05 PM Sawyer Fuller
4:10 PM Brigitte Bakalar
4:15 PM Jenni Chapman
4:20 PM BREAK
4:25 PM BREAK
4:30 PM Mary Frances Noser
4:35 PM Rachel Snavely
4:40 PM Angelina Raquel Morales
4:45 PM Zach Holden
4:50 PM AVAILABLE
4:55 PM AVAILABLE
5:00 PM AVAILABLE

Uncommon Women, uncommonly excellent playlist

A few weeks ago, the EmStage twitter account was very excited to get the following message:

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We admit, it’s been a little more than a week — there was another whole SHOW that happened in there (also: a lot of snow).

BUT, now that we’ve closed two shows in four weeks, and had two whole weeks without any snow days, we’re beginning to get our mojo back.

This playlist might have a little something to do with that.

Designed by sound designer Arshan Gailus and director Maureen Shea during the tech process, the show’s playlist is meant to set the “mood” for the play’s era. It’s also a whole lot of fun to listen to. Assistant sound designer Jake Hines shared the final list with us here:

PRE-SHOW

Just Like a Woman: Bob Dylan
Blonde on Blonde, 1966

You Turn Me On (I’m A Radio): Joni Mitchell
For the Roses, 1972

Feeling Sad Tonight: Carole King
Rhymes and Reasons, 1972

Wild World: Cat Stevens
Tea for the Tillerman, 1970

Flowers Never Bend with the Rainfall: Simon and Garfunkel, 1966
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme

Suzanne: Leonard Cohen
Songs of Leonard Cohen, 1967

As Tears Go By: Marianne Faithfull
Marianne Faithfull, 1966

You’ve Got a Friend: James Taylor
Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon, 1971

Gotta Get Through Another Day: Carole King
Rhymes & Reasons, 1972

That’s My Girl: The Osmonds
Crazy Horses, 1972

Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon: Neil Diamond
The Bang Years 1966-1968, 1968

Tomorrow is a Long Time: Ian and Sylvia
Four Strong Winds, 1963

Nickel Song: Melanie
The Good Book, 1971

Our House: Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young
Déjà Vu, 1970

Woman of Heart and Mind: Joni Mitchell
For the Roses, 1972

I Believe In You:Neil Young
After the Gold Rush, 1970

It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World: James Brown
It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World,1966

Lay Lady Lay: Bob Dylan
Nashville Skyline, 1969

INTERMISSION

Girl: The Osmonds
Crazy Horses, 1972

Hanky Panky: Neil Diamond
The Bang Years 1966-1968, 1968

Red Rubber Ball: The Cyrkle
Red Rubber Ball, 1966

Let’s Spend the Night Together: Rolling Stones
Between the Buttons, 1967

Help Me Make It Through The Night: Joan Baez
Blessed Are…, 1970

All I Want: Joni Mitchell
Blue, 1971

Pack Up Your Sorrows: Judy Collins
Fifth Album, 1965

Brand New Key (The Rollerskate Song): Melanie
Gather Me, 1971

 

And then, of course, the songs in the show itself. Surprisingly, there are only a few:

Both Sides Now: Judy Collins
Wildflowers, 1967

Fire and Rain: James Taylor
Sweet Baby James, 1970

But who could forget this one?

It’s a great mix — thanks, Arshan and Jake, for sharing with us!

 

Who says you can’t go home again?

Hey! How’s everyone doing?

Here at Emerson Stage, we’re gearing up for two more shows in the next month — Brian Friel’s lovely, touching Dancing at Lughnasa, and Kander and Ebb’s razzle-dazzle The World Goes ‘Round. But, before we jump into that, we wanted to share with you a few final thoughts from Middletown, which EmStage presented at the start of October.

If you saw the show, you probably noticed that we had a pretty interactive lobby display set up, where we asked members of the audience to tell us about their hometown. Here are some of the responses we got to the questions we posted:

 

 

The Bakery: What’s your favorite home-cooked meal?

bakery

ŸŸLasagna by Vanessa! • My Mom’s soup!  • TACOS  • PHO (Vietnamese soup)  • Daddy-o’s chicken wings with hot sauce  • My mom’s broccoli pasta  •  Margaret’s chicken korma – thanks Ma  • My mom’s CHOCOLATE cake  • Steak & potatoes  • Holly Comfort Grusendorf always made a great meatloaf  • Grandma’s Apple Pie  • Salt-rubbed roast chicken with potatoes • Lego • Mom’s lasagna! • Enchiladas •  take out • My Dad’s Lemon Chicken • fresh lake fish caught by my dad • MOM’S CHICKEN SOUP! • Mashed Potatoes! • cheese enchiladas • Mom’s cookies! • Going out for dinner all the time in the winter because it’s the only thing to do! 

 

 

Theatre: What was the first play you ever saw?

theaterLion King! • The local Catholic high school’s version of Grease • Beauty and the Beast (I think) • The Wiz on Broadway • On Broadway: Lion King, don’t know the actual first play play • Peter Pan on Broadway! • Rent • TIN PAN ALLEY – it was a school field trip • Don’t remember but my first Broadway show was Hairspray! • Beauty and the Beast • Cinderella (?) • I don’t remember. • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (the Lion’s mane fell off and he kept going like a champ)

 

 

Monument: What is your town’s claim to fame / tidbit of history?

monument

Jennifer Lawrence • Island Beach • My hometown is famous for the birth of the TollHouse cookie • Home of Mark “the Bird” Fidrych • My hometown, Easton, MA, invented the shovel! • Soccer player Christine Lilly was born in my town – Wilton, CT • HMS Ajax Battleship • Caught Marathon Bombers in my town. Woo-hoo! • San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island, Alcatraz, Nob Hill, 1906 EARTHQUAKE • Jay and Silent Bob • Great Barrington voted #1 small town in America • YAY FRAMINGHAM • Taylor Schilling, who plays Piper on “Orange is the New Black” is from West Roxbury • “Where’s Flossy?” a famous(ish) case where the town crone (mean old lady) vanished into thin air with groceries still in the car – Angelica, NY • El Paso was almost Hollywood except Pancho Villa kept invading. So yeah. • Flint auto city • Music city USA! • Martha Stewart grew up in my hometown • My family and friends – small town living is amazing! Everyone knows who you are.

 

 

Museum: If you could put one item from your childhood into a museum, what would it be?

museumMy childhood sketchbook • My back yard • My brother • My favorite Nancy Drew book! • The talking watermelon I got for Christmas • My Blankie • My graphic novel collection • Lights on a brick wall • Illegal Technologies. Like Gameboys. • My imaginary friend • my orange Frisbee that I “cooked” in • My Dog • Teddy Bears • My stuffed squirrel, Phoebe! • An American Girl doll!

 

 

Library: What was your favorite book when you were little?

Library

• The Birth of Autumn • The Rainbowfish • Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse (someone else commented: BEST BOOK OMG!) • The Giving Tree • The Hobbit • A Wrinkle in Time  • Something from Nothing • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus • Brave Irene • The Little Ballerina • The Wizard of Id • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom • Harry Potter • Goodnight Moon • Storm on the Island • Harry Potter! And a book about a mad scientist lady and her cat • Black Beauty • Little Women • I LOVE YOU FOREVER • Troll in Central Park

 

 

Hospital: What is the story behind your name?

Hospital^This is the hospital I was born at!  • Autumn (born in Sept.) Comfort (for my mother) Lee (for my mother’s sister) – could have been Aubrey Rainn…what if!? • My name is Corey…My parents liked it I guess? • Emily was the only name my parents could agree on… • ELINOR – It’s from Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austin. My mom was an English major. • My mom wanted to name me Alexis or Sydney, with the middle name Irene, after her and my grandma. But birth was tough, my dad named me while she was sedated; after a playwright and because he liked the iambs of my name together. • My parents just liked it. My middle name is my grandmother’s maiden name though. • My father wanted to name me Aloysius – my mother said no! She was reading Medea – gave me the name Jason. • Morgan: Mom’s name is Melissa à last name was Horgan M+ organ = Morgan • My mom is from country Clare Ireland • I’m named after my great-grandmother! Everyone in my family is named after someone else. • I was almost named after my dad…that was vetoed by my mom • I am not named for anyone. My dad just liked the name. • I WAS NAMED AFTER A PLUMBING COMPANY…Thanks Mom & Dad. • First: picked from a baby name book. Middle: from song of artist from concert parent went to when pregnant. • It means dew! When I was little, I thought it meant “doo” as in “doo-doo,” as in poop. • My great grandfather’s name. • Besson means “the twins” in Medieval French.

 

Do you have any additions to any of the above? Share them in the comments!

 

And, congrats to the Middletown team on a fantastic production. Great job, guys!

An introduction to Brian Friel

Irish playwright Brian Friel. (Photo by Bobby Hanvey).

Dancing at Lughnasa is often referred to as Brian Friel’s masterpiece. Which is great — everyone should have a piece of work that’s their crowning achievement. But who is Brian Friel, and why are we so excited about his masterpiece? First off, you might be familiar with Friel’s other work — he was the adaptor of Ivan Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons, which EmStage produced this past February. Friel is often called the “Irish Chekhov” for his sparse dialogue and dry wit; his English-language translations of Chekhov are considered among the best. But, the playwright is also widely lauded for his original work: so much so, in fact, that in 2006, Friel was named Saoi of Aosdána — one of the highest honors Ireland can bestow on a native son, and one he shares with playwrights like Samuel Beckett and Seamus Heaney. 

Friel is notorious for speaking little about his personal life, and even less about his internal life, but this profile from a series on Irish theatre provides a pretty comprehensive look at the Friel that we do know.  

And to learn more about him, you’ll just have to come check out Dancing at Lughnasa — the play that is considered Friel’s best, as well as his most autobiographical.