A mysterious stranger visits four friends for a Christmas Eve poker game in "The Seafarer," a Tony-nominated play by leading Irish playwright Conor McPherson, at Merrimack Repertory Theatre, October 15 – November 8. Merrimack Rep Artistic Director Charles Towers directs.
James “Sharky” Harkin has returned home to care for his aging brother Richard, who has recently gone blind. They'll spend Christmas Eve with old friends Ivan and Nicky. Nicky arrives accompanied by the mysterious Mr. Lockhart, whose connection to Sharky’s past is slowly revealed as the evening devolves into an all- night, liquor-soaked game of poker where the stakes turn damningly high.
Speaking about the production, director Charles Towers said “'The Seafarer' is a fantastic play. Every theatre-lover should be able to see it, and I wanted to make sure Merrimack Rep's audiences had an opportunity to do so. I have gathered a cast of MRT regulars, each an outstanding actor, to bring this remarkable script to life. Together they will make an exceptional ensemble and an exceptional evening of theatre.”
"The Seafarer" currently ranks as one of the Top 10 most produced plays in America. Nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Play, "The Seafarer " is a funny but chilling tale of the sea, Ireland and redemption.
Born in Dublin in 1971, Conor McPherson has grown into one
of Ireland’s most acclaimed contemporary playwrights. He began writing
at an early age, finishing his first work, Taking Stock at age
18, and had his first play, "Rum and Vodka," professionally
produced in 1992. Since then he has garnered international recognition
for his work, receiving the Laurence Olivier Award for
Best New Play for "The Weir" in 1999, and Tony
nominations for "The Seafarer" in 2006. The London Telegraph
summed up McPherson’s talents quite succinctly when it called him
“The finest dramatist of his generation.”
Pay What You Will Night
-- October 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Lowell Night -- October
17 at 8 p.m.
Opening Night -- October
18 at 7 p.m.
Cookie Matinee -- October
21 at 2 p.m.
Post Show Forum -- October 22, 29 and November 5 at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a unique opportunity to learn the inside scoop and chat with the actors following the performance.
For tickets and information, stop by the box office at 50 E. Merrimack Street in Lowell, call 978-654-4678 or visit www.merrimackrep.org
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