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The Abbey Theater

BEHIND THE SCENES OF BRIAN FRIEL’S WONDERFUL TENNESSEE

 

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The Old Abbey Theatre

1904

The Abbey Theatre was founded in 1904 by W. B. Yeats and Lady Augusta Gregory. Its precursors were the Irish Literary Theatre and Frank and Willie Fay’s National Dramatic Society.

With patronage from Miss Annie Horniman, premises were purchased on Old Abbey Street and on December 27th 1904, the Abbey Theatre opened its doors for the first time.

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The Abbey Theatre

1966

Behind the Set

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Dress Rehearsal

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The Scene Dock

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The Property Room

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View from the Bridge

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Director Patrick Mason

Design

Front of House

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Control

Rigging the Lights

The Cutting Room

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The Green Room

The Rehearsal Room

The Stage

W.B. Yeats and Lady Gregory

Wardrobe

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Showing at the Abbey Theater, August 1992

Director Patrick Mason gave me permission to sit in on rehearsals for the Brian Friel’s Wonderful Tennessee play due to be staged in two weeks at the Abbey Theatre.  By the time the play opened I had finished a set of paintings of behind the scenes of the production that included portraits of the actors and the key figures of the production team.

For the next seven weeks ‘Wonderful Tennessee’ played to packed houses before transferring to Broadway. During the run of the play my paintings were in display in the foyer. I am the only artist to have staged an exhibition at the world famous theatre.

Simultaneously I was showing an exhibition of recent works downstairs from the Abbey in the Peacock Theatre which was opened by well known poet and writer Brendan Kennelly. The painting ‘Beached Hulks’ was purchased for the National Collection from this exhibition.

With Ingrid Craigie and Donal McCann

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Brian Friel

Author
Author

Brian Friel was born in Omagh, Co. Tyrone in 1929 and moved to Derry city with his family in 1939. His play “Philadelphia Here I Come” was produced in New York in 1964. “Faith Healer” was first produced on Broadway in 1979.

In 1991 “Dancing in Lughnasa” won the Lawrence Oliver Award in London and the Tony Award on Broadway and was later made into a film starring Meryl Streep.  He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a fellow of the Roayl Society of Literature. Several of his plays have premiered at the Abbey Theatre.

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from the Journey Exhibition

I am in the rehearsal room of the Abbey Theatre on the top floor. Rain is streaking the glass, clinging to the windows that stretch the full width of the large room. The stage is marked out on the floor and actors are all in positions. Soon they will have the dress rehearsal. Stage manager busies himself with props. Costume designer comes in intermittently to check details. Stage designer darts his busy energy about…

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Wonderful Tennessee Actors

Catherine Byrne

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Ingrid Craigie

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Robert Black

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Marion O'Dwayer

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Donal McCann

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John Kavanagh

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Joe Vanek

Designer
Designer

Mick Hughes

Lighting
Lighting

Michel Higgins

Stage Manager
Stage Manager

Trevor Dawson

Production Manager
Production Manager