Photo Coverage: Translations Opening Night

January 26
10:51 AM 2007

Manhattan Theatre Club's production of Brian Friel's Translations opened January 25th at the Biltmore Theatre (261 W. 47th St.) after beginning previews on January 4th.

The co-production with McCarter Theatre Center is directed by Tony Award-winner Garry Hynes (Beauty Queen of Leenane).  "In 1981, MTC produced the American premiere of Brian Friel's masterpiece Translations. Twenty-five years later, the themes of this play are as timely as ever. Clashing cultures and tragedies of miscommunication unfold in Friel's invented Irish townland of Ballybeg, a place he has explored in his plays Dancing at Lughnasa, Aristocrats and Molly Sweeney.  Poignant and moving, Translations depicts the power of language to unite and divide people in a time of cultural imperialism," state press materials.

The cast includes Niall Buggy, David Costabile, Alan Cox, Dermot Crowley, Michael FitzGerald, Morgan Hallett, Geraldine Hughes, Susan Lynch, Graeme Malcolm and Chandler Williams.

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Patricia Clarkson

Garry Hynes

Peter Scanavino

Noel Fahey (Ambassador of Ireland) and Tim O'Connor (Consul General of Ireland)

Tyne Daly

Walter Bobbie

The Pirate Queen co-stars Hadley Fraser and Stephanie J. Block

Ralph Howard (Radio News Anchor) and Julie Halston

Marian Seldes

Marian Seldes

Catherine Kellner with boyfriend Jesse

Glenn Close

Michael Cerveris

Holland Taylor

Tommy Tune

Tommy Tune and Robert di Mauro

MTC's Barry Grove and Lynne Meadow

Malachy McCourt

Margaret Colin and Beth Fowler

Maxwell Caulfield

Alison Pill


David Costabile

Alan Cox and David Costabile

Alan Cox

Graeme Malcolm

Dermot Crowley

Chandler Williams

Garry Hynes

Niall Buggy and Garry Hynes

Dermot Crowley, Morgan Hallett, Michael FitzGerald, Niall Buggy, Geraldine Hughes, Garry Hynes, Chandler Williams and Susan Lynch

David Costabile and Geraldine Hughes

Back: David Costabile, Geraldine Hughes, Dermot Crowley, Morgan Hallett, Chandler Williams, Niall Buggy, and Susan Lynch; Front: Michael FitzGerald, Alan Cox, Graeme Malcolm

Geraldine Hughes

Geraldine Hughes

Geraldine Hughes and Morgan Hallett

Geraldine Hughes, Morgan Hallett and Susan Lynch

Robert di Mauro, Geraldine Hughes and Tommy Tune

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