Ir­ish play­wright Brian Friel dies at 86

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Brian Friel, the Tony Award-win­ning play­wright who cre­ated Danc­ing at Lugh­nasa and more than 30 other plays, has died at the age of 86.

The Arts Coun­cil of Ire­land said Friel died Fri­day. The cause of death was not given. It said Frield “was, quite sim­ply, a gi­ant not only of Ir­ish but of world theatre.”

Trained as a teacher, Friel turned to writ­ing plays full time af­ter the in­ter­na­tional suc­cess of his de­but 1964 play, Philadelphia, Here I Come!

He col­lab­o­rated with poet Sea­mus Heaney, ac­tor Stephen Rea and fel­low play­wright Frank McGuin­ness in cre­at­ing Ire­land’s Field Day Theatre Com­pany and pro­duced its most cel­e­brated work, Trans­la­tions, in 1980. Danc­ing at Lugh­nasa won three Tonys in 1992.

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