"Faith Healer" is a play by
Brian Frielabout the life of faith healer Francis Hardy as monologued through the shifting memories of Hardy, his wife, Grace, and stage manager, Teddy.
The play consists of four parts, with a
monologuemaking up each part. The monologues are given, in order, by the faith healer, Francis (Frank) Hardy himself; his wife, Grace; his cockneymanager, Teddy, and finally Hardy again.
The monologues tell the story of the faith healer himself, including an incident in a Welsh village in which he cures ten people. Teddy's monologue reveals that Grace Hardy commits suicide, while Frank ponders whether his gift is for real or not.
"Faith Healer" received its first performance in 1979 on Broadway in a production by
José Quintero, with James Mason, Clarissa Kayeand Donal Donnelly. It closed after twenty performances.
It was revived in 1983 at the
Vineyard Theatre, directed by Dann Florek, with J. T. Walsh, Kathleen Chalfant and Martin Shakar.
It was again revived in 1994 at the
Long Wharf Theatreunder the direction of Joe Dowlingand starring Donal McCann, Judy Geesonand Ron Cook. The New York Timescalled the production "incandescent" and recommended it to "any connoisseur of theater". [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C04E2DC1F31F935A15757C0A962958260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=all]
The most recent revival was at the
Booth Theatreon May 4, 2006. The cast consisted of Ralph Fiennes, Cherry Jonesand Ian McDiarmidin a production from the Gate Theatrein Dublin, directed by Jonathan Kent. The Broadway revival received four Tony Awardnominations and won one: Best Featured Actor in a Play, Ian McDiarmid.
* [http://www.ibdb.com/show.asp?ID=3434 Faith Healer at Internet Broadway Database]
* [http://www.playbill.com/news/article/92054.html Details on 2006 Broadway production]
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
faith healer — Also faith healer, attested by 1874 … Etymology dictionary
faith healer — faith ,healer noun count someone who uses prayer to make sick people well ╾ faith ,healing noun uncount … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
faith healer — faith healers N COUNT A faith healer is someone who believes they can treat and heal sick people using prayer or supernatural powers … English dictionary
faith healer — noun : one that practices faith healing * * * faith healer noun • • • Main Entry: ↑faith * * * faith healer UK US noun [countable] [singular faith healer … Useful english dictionary
faith healer — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms faith healer : singular faith healer plural faith healers someone who uses prayer to make ill people well Derived word: faith healing noun uncountable … English dictionary
faith healer — noun see faith healing … New Collegiate Dictionary
faith healer — person who heals the sick through prayer and faith … English contemporary dictionary
faith-healer — /ˈfeɪθ hilə/ (say fayth heeluh) noun someone who claims to effect healing by religious faith … Australian English dictionary
faith healer — noun One who heals via spiritual means … Wiktionary
The Faith healer — William Vaughn Moody s last play, a three act drama produced by Henry Miller, who also acted in it, had a tryout in St. Louis on 15 March 1909. Miller was certain the play would fail in New York, but Moody was dying and Miller brought it to… … The Historical Dictionary of the American Theater