By Brian Friel
Directed by Peter DeLaurier
STREAMING ON DEMAND
Now – February 14, 2021
"A deeply moving meditation on hope, change, and despair." –The New York Times
In this New York Drama Critics' Circle Award-winning play, Molly Sweeney leads a full and productive life as a woman with blindness. But her husband Frank can never leave well enough alone. His insistence that she undergo a risky surgery to restore her sight has powerful and unintended consequences. Inspired by Oliver Sacks' essay To See and Not See, legendary Irish playwright Brian Friel tells this gentle tale from the shifting perspectives of Molly, Frank, and the surgeon who values his skills above his patients.
Molly Sweeney was filmed at St. Stephen's Theater in Center City Philadelphia in fall 2020, with strict adherence to all CDC, state, and local health and safety guidelines.
How to Watch
Molly Sweeney will stream to you on demand so you can watch from the safety, comfort, and convenience of home – on your desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone, or select smart TVs. Your email confirmation will include your private ticket access link, which will provide on-demand access to Molly Sweeney for one viewing anytime during the January 22 - February 14, 2021 streaming period. Our Box Office will be open 12PM to 8PM daily to provide assistance.
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Anthony Lawton as Mr. Rice • Ian Merrill Peakes as Frank Sweeney • Geneviève Perrier as Molly Sweeney
THE CREATIVE TEAM
Nick Embree, Scenic Designer • Leigh Ivory Clark Paradise, Costume Designer • Janet Embree, Lighting Designer • Christopher Colucci, Sound Designer & Original Music • Michael P. Toner, Dialect Coach • Rebecca Smith, Associate Producer
Header Photo: Paul L. Nolan, Sally Mercer, and Charles McMahon in Copenhagen (2018); Charlie DelMarcelle, Anthony Lawton, Jered McLenigan, and Brian Anthony Wilson in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (2019); Anthony Lawton and Paul L. Nolan in The Craftsman (2017); and Bi Jean Ngo and Peter DeLaurier in The Tempest (2018). Photos by Mark Garvin.