** FINAL PERFORMANCES – CLOSES THIS SUNDAY **
2023/24 Season – 30th Anniversary
By Brian Friel
Directed by Peter DeLaurier
Now through March 3, 2024
From the rich imagination of the great Irish playwright Brian Friel, Faith Healer is a deep dive into the psyche of an inspired performer – but is he really a shaman, an artist, or a con man? This story of a village set on edge by his machinations is at times comical and at times startling. Friel's masterpiece shines a light on the dark places of the human soul, but its mysteries endure.
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Faith Healer will be performed at St. Stephen's Theater, which is conveniently located at 923 Ludlow Street in Center City Philadelphia. Directions & parking»
Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one intermission
There is a brief haze effect at the beginning and end of the show.
We regret that access to both the performance space and restrooms at St. Stephen's Theater requires navigating a flight of stairs. Unfortunately, no elevator service is available. We are able to accommodate patrons with early seating or other special needs. When you arrive at the theater, please let the house manager on duty know how we may assist you.
Health & Safety
Face masks are welcome, but not required.
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NEW! Artist Interview: The Creative Team of Faith Healer
Peter DeLaurier, Anthony Lawton, Ian Merrill Peakes, and Geneviéve Perrier on reuniting in person and relishing Brian Friel's rich language
Charismatic Con Men in Theater
The convincing huckster archetype is a common thread through several Lantern productions
The Ireland of Brian Friel
The violent conflict that reshaped Ireland in the early 20th century – and that lingers in Brian Friel's work
Charles McMahon: On Monologue and Memory Plays
The Lantern's Artistic Director on why the monologue play is a such an effective format for exploring the human psyche
Playwright Brian Friel: The "Irish Chekhov"
The legendary Faith Healer playwright's plays examine consistent struggles through vastly different forms
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Anthony Lawton as Teddy • Ian Merrill Peakes as Frank Hardy • Geneviève Perrier as Grace
The Creative Team
Peter DeLaurier, Director • Nick Embree, Scenic Design • Marla Jurglanis, Costume Design • Lily Fossner, Lighting Design • Elizabeth Atkinson, Sound Design & Original Music • Rebecca Smith, Stage Manager • Matt Melchior, Assistant Director
Applause, please, for our Honorary Producers
Robert Urquhart and Marsha Lester
"A superb production... edge-of-your-seat riveting... This is theater at the top level. Director Peter DeLaurier masterfully orchestrates a production powerful in its disarming simplicity. The cast of three actors – Geneviève Perrier, Ian Merrill Peakes, and Anthony Lawton – are all Lantern veterans, who are doing some of the strongest work of their careers here." –Reclining Standards
"A riveting revival. Throughout his career, Friel grappled with the blurry overlap of truth and memory... It's a delicate needle to thread, one that director Peter DeLaurier masterfully handles in his finely wrought production." –Broad Street Review
Header Photo: Lawrence Stallings in the world premiere of Me and the Devil (2021); Anthony Lawton and Dave Johnson in Travesties (2022); Melissa Rakiro and Joanna Liao in Twelfth Night (2023); and Paul L. Nolan, Sally Mercer, and Charles McMahon in Copenhagen (2018). Photos by Mark Garvin.
Lantern Theater Company acknowledges that it is situated on Lenapehoking, the ancestral and spiritual homeland of the Unami Lenape, and we pay respect to them as this region's original storytellers.