The Seafarer

The Seafarer


NOV 20–DEC 20, 2015

Thursday through Saturday at 8pm (no show on Thursday 11/26)
Sunday at 5pm
Directed by: Michael Storm
Featuring: Justin DuPuis, Kevin Karrick, Michael Storm, Don Wood, Clive Worsley

A hilarious comedy by one of Ireland’s best playwrights Conor McPherson, The Seafarer is set on Christmas Eve in Baldoyle, a coastal suburb north of Dublin City. The play centers on James “Sharky” Harkin who attempts to stay off the bottle during the holidays as he contends with his irascible brother Richard and his own haunted conscience, but Richard is committed to celebrating the season with a cast of quirky and endearing characters. One by one the party grows and the ensuing card game has life or death ramifications due to the addition of a mysterious stranger from Sharky’s past. Nominated for multiple Tony Awards as well as the Laurence Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Play, The Seafarer promises to be the high point of your holiday season entertainment.

“…dark and enthralling Christmas fable of despair and redemption…tingles with the author’s acute and authentic sense of what is knowable and unknowable in life…the pick me up play of the season.”
The New York Times

“…a midnight-black comedy, one that wrenches laughter out of the despair of frustrated men whose live have come to naught… No matter what you expect at the halfway mark, you won’t feel cheated when the curtain falls.”
The Wall Street Journal

“A timeless classic.”
The Hollywood Reporter
Upon Sharky’s return to County Clare tensions quickly ensue between him and his brother, Richard. Due in large part to Sharky quitting drinking right as the holiday begins, a big bone of contention for Richard, Sharky soon realizes that Richard has invited Nicky Giblin, Sharky’s love rival, over to play cards. But Sharky’s troubles have only just begun for when Nicky arrives with the mysterious Mr. Lockhart, the not-so-strange stranger, makes it clear to Sharky that he is there for a purpose. Darkly mysterious and hilarious, the way only the Irish can deliver, The Seafarer is “Christmas with a twist” and you won’t want to miss it.

$15 regular, $10 seniors & students (first 2 weekends)$25 regular​, $15 seniors, $10 students (last 3 weekends)

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