The Loves of Cass Maguire    by Brian Friel

Featured in the 2019 , 2016 and 2011 Festivals


This Brian Friel play was first presented in New York in 1966. The title-character returns from New York where she has worked as a waitress for over 50 years in sandwich-bar­­, a block from Skid Row. Upon her return to Ireland, her drinking and coarse manners embarrass her “respectable” family who reject her. Her brother has her committed to Eden House, a “rest home” for the elderly, but which Cass sees as the workhouse. The play deals with her attempts to discover the home she dreamt of all her life and how, under the influence of Trilbe Costello and Mr. Ingram, other “residents,” she eventually comes to terms with her new reality.