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The Loves of Cass Maguire


  • Playwright

    Brian Friel 

  • Setting

    Set in Eden House, a home for the elderly and in Harry Maguire's livingroom. Time: the present(1966).

  • Synopsis

    For more than fifty years Cass McGuire has worked a block from Skid Row, among deadbeats and washouts -- people who live in the past. This play deals with her return to Ireland and her genteel family's rejection of her. It follows her lonely struggle to re-discover the home she's dreamt of all her life and her eventual surrender to the makebelieve of Eden House.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    06 October 1966

  • Production Notes

    Produced by the David Merrick Arts Foundation.
  • Producer

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    Premiered at the Helen Hayes Theatre in New York.

  • Irish Premiere Notes

    The play was subsequently produced in the Abbey Theatre on 10 April 1967, directed by Tomas MacAnna.

Original Cast  
Pat Quinn Arthur O'Sullivan (2)
Trilbe Costello Brenda Forbes
Mr. Ingram Dennis King
Tessa Mary Greaney
Cass Ruth Gordon (2)
Harry Liam Redmond
Alice Sylvia O'Brien
Dom Don Scardino
Mother Frances Brandt
Mrs. Butcher Dorothy Blackburn
Production Team  
Director Hilton Edwards
Designer Lloyd Burlingame

Published Scripts

  • Title

    The Loves of Cass Maguire

  • Year


  • Published By

    The Gallery Press

  • Address

    Co. Meath
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)49 8541779

  • Email


  • Website


  • ISBN

    0 904011 60 7

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Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the published script.