Inclusive Dates: 1993 - 1994
Roundabout Theatre produced Brian Friel's Philadelphia, Here I Come! at the Criterion Center with opening night September 8, 1994 and closing October 22, 1994.
Directed by Joe Dowling, with sets by John Lee Beatty, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Christopher Akerlind, and sound by Philip Campanella.
Starring Pauline Flanagan as Madge, Jim True as Gareth O'Donnell in Public, Robert Sean Leonard as Gareth O'Donnell in Private, Robert Stattel as S.B. O'Donnell, Miriam Healy-Louie as Kate Doogan, Peter McRobbie as Senator Doogan, Jarlath Conroy as Master Boyle, Aideen O'Kelly as Lizzy Sweeney, James Murtaugh as Con Sweeney, Philip LeStrange as Ben Burton, Joel James Forsythe as Ned, Timothy Reynolds as Tom, Gregoy Grene as Joe, and Leo Leyden as Canon Mick O'Byrne.
First produced at the Dublin Theatre Festival and then the Gaiety Theater in Dublin Ireland in 1965, the play was brought to the United States in 1966, receiving critical success. The comedy is about a young man at odds with his overbearing father and is on the eve of leaving Ireland for America in the 1960s. Two actors play the lead Gareth O'Donnell, one portraying the public personna and the other his alter-ego, who reveals the young man's true feelings. Philadelphia, Here I Come! is playwright Friel's fourth play, with Faith Healer, Dancing at Lughnasa, Molly Sweeney, Give Me Your Answer, Do! among his most popular works.
Production files consist of one box with 13 folders detailing the management of the show with author's agreement, extensive press clippings, set bids, playbill, education study guide, and other aspects of the production. Lacking are the artistic documents (costume sketches, set design notes, etc.) and director's notes to provide deeper insight into the artistic vision for the work.
Photograph file contains black and white contact sheets, headshots used for show art (black and white), and black and white production stills.
Digital file contains scanned color photographs, scanned education guide, show art and press files.
Access Restrictions: Open and available for research by appointment only.
Preferred Citation: Philadelphia, Here I Come! 1994, Roundabout Theatre Company Archives
Types of Materials: Digital files, Paper documents, Publications
Library of Congress Subject Heading Friel, BrianFlanagan, Pauline, 1925-2003Leonard, Robert Sean, 1969-Stattel, RobertTrue, JimConroy, Jarlath, 1944-Healy-Louie, MiriamLeStrange, Philip, 1942-McRobbie, Peter, 1943-Murtaugh, James, 1942-Beatty, John Lee, 1948-Zuber, CatherineAkerlind, ChristopherDowling, Joe, 1948-Haimes, ToddFathers and sons in literatureEmigration and immigration in literatureFamilies--DramaTheater--New York (State)