Living Quarters after Hyppolytus by Brian Friel
A Rehearsed Reading directed by Mick Gordon.
Living Quarters (1977) is Lughnasa FrielFest’s signature play for 2018 and leads the Chekhov 7 Russian theme, being Friel’s first Chekhovian play. It's a family drama concerning an Irish commandant who returns home to Donegal a hero after a successful UN mission in the Middle East and it explores those quintessentially Chekhovian themes of conflict and resolution in an unmistakably Irish context. It's sent twenty miles outside of Derry and the first our rehearsed readings takes place in Letterkenny. Derry-Londonderry and Omagh, where the other two readings are happening, are referenced in the play, the characters passing through them on their way to Friel's imaginary Ballybeg.