Brian Patrick Friel was an Irish dramatist, short story writer and founder of the Field Day Theatre Company. He had been considered one of the greatest living English-language dramatists. He has been likened to an "Irish Chekhov" and described as. Brian Patrick Friel (c. 9 January – 2 October ) was an Irish dramatist, short story writer and founder of the Field Day Theatre Company. Brian Friel, playwright who explored social and political life in Ireland and Northern Ireland as he delved into family ties. When asked why he had two birth certificates, one dated 9 January and the other 10 January, the Irish playwright Brian Friel, who has. Philadelphia, Here I Come! (): Friel's breakthrough as a dramatist was also a milestone for Irish theatre. The story of a young man on. The playwright, Brian Friel, was known as the Irish Chekhov. Feature | Brian Friel. Bernard Patrick Friel was born near Omagh, County Tyrone, in Northern Ireland, on January 9 in Brian Friel, author, playwright and dramatist, is widely recognised as one of the greatest contemporary dramatists writing in the English language. Molly Sweeney, by the great Irish playwright Brian Friel, tells the story of married couple Molly and Frank, who live in a remote Irish village. Brian Friel, who was sometimes described as the Irish Chekhov and who for over four decades wrote plays whose distinctive blend of.