Aristocrats

by  Brian Friel

Full Length Play, Drama  /  6m, 3f

"A lovely play, funny and harrowing. Mr. Friel makes the Irish condition synonymous with the human one." - The New York Times

"Poignant, moving." - New York Daily News

"Gently provocative and vastly entertaining." -

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Aristocrats

by  Brian Friel

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    6m, 3f
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  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Set in the mid-1970s in a crumbling Georgian mansion in County Donegal, this is a portrait of an upper-class Catholic family which, over four generations, has declined from a position of social power to one of genteel poverty. The characters find themselves attending the patriarch's funeral, and sit about the lawn drinking and quarrelling.
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Reviews

" Sad, enchanting play ... a heartaching world of crushed hopes and futile longings." Evening Standard " ... Friel's eloquence and piquant irony speaks volumes." - Time Out

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  • Time Period: Contemporary, 1970s
  • Setting: A lawn and a small room
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

6m, 3f
M6 (30s, 50s, 70s) F3 (20s, 30s)
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Brian Friel

Brian Friel (1929-2015) largely considered modern Ireland's leading playwright, was born to a schoolmaster and a postmistress. After working as a teacher in Derry for ten years, he married Anne Morrison and moved to Donegal to begin writing in earnest. His first significant theatrical success was Philadelphia, Here I C ...

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