Chicago has been blessed with an original and startling new play by one of Dublin's foremost contemporary playwrights, Conor McPherson.
Directed by Matt Miller and starring Ira Amyx as Ivan and Brad Armacost as Richard, The Seafarer follows two brothers as they observe Christmas Eve in traditional Dublin fashion (i.e., carousing, card playing and imbibing with friends) however their plans are cut short when an eerie and charismatic stranger shows up to collect a mysterious debt. This provocative dark comedy is sure to intrigue and entertain.
The show runs until January 5th, 2014 at The Den Theater. Tickets are $26 on Thursdays and Fridays, and $30 on Saturdays and Sundays. Read the press release after the jump.
Seanachaí Theatre Company Launches 2013-14 Season with
By Conor McPherson
Directed by Matt Miller
November 27, 2013 – January 5, 2014
CHICAGO (November 29, 2013) – Seanachaí Theatre Company is pleased to kick-off its 2013-14 season with Conor McPherson’s Tony and Olivier Award-nominated drama THE SEAFARER directed by Matt Miller and featuring ensemble members Ira Amyx, Brad Armacost, Shane Kenyon, Kevin Theis and Dan Waller. THE SEAFARER plays November 27, 2013 – January 5, 2014 at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee in Chicago. Tickets are available at www.seanachai.org or by calling (866) 811-4111. The press opening is Friday, November 29 at 7:30 pm.
On Christmas Eve, a pair of brothers are set to enjoy the holidays in true Dublin spirit with cards, booze and friends – until a stranger from long ago arrives to collect a debt. THE SEAFARER is an eerie and darkly humorous masterpiece from one of Ireland’s most celebrated playwrights.
The production team for THE SEAFARER includes: Joe Schermoly (scenic design), Beth Laske-Miller (costume design), Julian Pike (lighting design), Stephen Ptacek (sound design), Elise Kauzlaric (dialect design), Seanachaí ensemble member Jeff Christian (production stage manager), Rebecca Willingham (assistant director) and Andrew Donnelly (stage manager).
Title: THE SEAFARER
Playwright: Conor McPherson
Director: Matt Miller
Cast: Seanachaí Theatre ensemble members Ira Amyx (Ivan), Brad Armacost (Richard), Shane Kenyon (Nicky), Kevin Theis (Mr. Lockhart) and Dan Waller (Sharky).
Location: The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee in Chicago
Dates: Preview: Wednesday, November 27 at 7:30 pm
Press performance: Friday, November 29 at 7:30 pm
Regular run: Saturday, November 30, 2014 – Sunday, January 5, 2014. Note: there will not be a performance on Thursday, November 28 (Thanksgiving).
Curtain Times: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 3 pm
Tickets: Previews $12. Regular run $26 Thursdays & Fridays, $30 Saturdays & Sundays. Seniors/students $5 off. Tickets are available at visit www.seanachai.org or by calling (866) 811-4111. Group discounts (8 or more) are available by calling (773) 878-3727.
About the Playwright
Conor McPherson is one of Ireland's premier contemporary playwrights, currently produced worldwide, in London's West End and on Broadway to both critical and audience acclaim. His plays include The Veil (premiered at the Royal National Theatre October 2011, directed by the author), The Weir, The Seafarer, Port Authority, St. Nicholas, Shining City and Dublin Carol. The New York Times proclaimed him "the finest playwright of his generation." His new play, The Night Alive premiered at the Donmar in June 2013.
About the Director
Originally from Kent, Ohio, Matt Miller is a Chicago based director and teacher. His previous credits with Seanachai Theatre include The Weir and a joint production of St. Nicholas with Shanghai Low Theatricals. Other recent directing credits include The Killer Angels with Lifeline Theatre, Superior Donuts with Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co., Oblivion and 4000 Miles (staged reading with Deanna Dunagan) for Steppenwolf’s First Look Repertory, A Girl With Sun In Her Eyes and This Is Our Youth with Pine Box Theater, and the world premiere of Graceland with Profiles Theatre (Jeff Award winner, Best New Work). Matt is also a proud fifteen-year company member with Barrel of Monkeys, a theatre group that provides creative writing workshops for Chicago Public Elementary Schools that lack arts funding.
About Seanachaí Theatre Company
Seanachaí is the Gaelic word for Storyteller. It was the duty of the Seanachaí to keep these stories alive. The mission of Seanachaí Theatre Company is to return theatre to this origin - by creating compelling productions and programs that focus the energy of artists towards the common goal of exceptional storytelling. To achieve this end, Seanachaí Theatre Company strives to provide an atmosphere where all theatre artists – actors, playwrights, directors and designers – have the support and assurance to collaborate openly.
Seanachaí Theatre Company is supported in part by The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Charles River Associates, the Illinois Arts Council and The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs: City Arts Program.
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