Brian Friel was born in Omagh, County Tyrone, in 1929, and died in County Donegal on 2 October 2015. His plays include Philadelphia, Here I Come!, Translations and Dancing at Lughnasa (1990) which won the 1992 Tony Award for Best Play in New York; it was adapted for screen and filmed on location in Ireland in 1997.
In addition to awards for his plays, Brian Friel received a lifetime achievement award from the Irish Times in 1999. He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Royal Society of Literature and the Irish Academy of Letters.
The Gallery Press has published Aristocrats, The Communication Cord, Crystal and Fox, The Enemy Within, Faith Healer, The Freedom of the City, The Gentle Island, Give Me Your Answer, Do!, Hedda Gabler (after Ibsen), The Home Place, Living Quarters, The London Vertigo (after Macklin), Lovers (Winners and Losers), The Loves of Cass McGuire, Molly Sweeney, Three Plays After, Volunteers, Wonderful Tennessee and Performances. Selected Stories and the following plays ‘after Chekhov’: Three Sisters, Uncle Vanya, The Yalta Game and A Month in the Country and Fathers and Sons (2013) — both after Turgenev are also available. His Collected Plays (in five volumes) were published in 2016.
A Man’s World, a special limited edition of three stories by Brian Friel, with drawings and paintings by Basil Blackshaw was published in 2010.