Director’s Notes

Faith Healer is the haunting portrait of a 20 year journey, of three lonely pilgrims driven by an awesome gift. The tale unfolds through a landscape of memory, laden with irony and contradictions. The language is extraordinary, the voices are profoundly personal. Yet by its end, the tale transcends its tellers, casting a stark and soulful gaze on human frailty before the fire of genius.


“Next Act Theater’s production, directed by Edward Morgan, captures the myriad richness of Friel’s script - its lilting, glorious language, its resuscitative humor and its slow, devastating journey into the realities of the human soul. And its music... It’s a piece of work that should be – or should have been – seen by everyone who loves the theater and the stories it tells.”

– Milwaukee Magazine

“It is among the best productions I have seen this season…Under Edward Morgan’s confident direction, the Next Act cast fully trusts the text and its audience, resulting in more natural and therefore more affecting performances.”

– Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“Director Edward Morgan keeps Faith Healer connected throughout the separate stories, enhanced by Rick Graham’s balanced set design of simple levels and a few well-placed props accentuating the storytelling.” – Shepherd Express

“[Jonathan] Smoot’s final moments on stage end in a beautiful silhouette by Lighting Designer Jason Fassl. The lights fade. The applause sounds out.  Faith Healer’s themes reverberate through the evening.” – Vital Source Magazine

Costumes: Marcia Kuligowski

Lights: Jason Fassl / Mike Van Dresser

Set: Rick Graham

Sound: David Cescarini

Dialect: Susan Sweeney

This production was also remounted at J. M. Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

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