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Broadway to honor writer Brian Friel by dimming its lights

November 16, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway theaters plan to dim their marquee lights next month in memory of Brian Friel, the Tony Award-winning Irish playwright who created “Dancing at Lughnasa” and more than 30 other plays.

The Broadway League says the lights will be dimmed Dec. 8 for one minute at 6:45 p.m. Friel died Oct. 2 at age 86.

He received his greatest acclaim for his 1990 play, “Dancing at Lughnasa,” which won three Tonys in 1992. It was turned into a 1998 film starring Meryl Streep.

Friel in 1980 collaborated with actor Stephen Rea to found Ireland’s Field Day Theatre Company, which is committed to bringing productions to small towns across the island.

Friel is survived by his wife, Anne Morrison, four daughters and a son.

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