Synopsis

It’s Christmas Eve in Dublin. In the rundown house where Sharky cares for his blind brother, old acquaintances gather for a card game—joined by an ominous stranger. As the booze flows and the game intensifies, Sharky discovers he is playing for his soul. In this eerie, darkly humorous tale, celebrated playwright Conor McPherson examines how we face the demons of our past as we struggle to find redemption.

Born in Dublin, playwright Conor McPherson won London’s prestigious Olivier Award for The Weir and received a Tony nomination for Shining City. The Seafarer makes its Chicago premiere, following a critically-acclaimed Broadway run.

Watch & Listen

  1. Tom Irwin on Mr. Lockhart

    Tom Irwin on Mr. Lockhart

  2. Randall Newsome on Nicky

    Randall Newsome on Nicky

  3. #015: Ensemble Member John Mahoney on The Seafarer

    #015: Ensemble Member John Mahoney on The Seafarer

  4. Randall Arney on Liquor on Stage

    Randall Arney on Liquor on Stage

  5. #014: Ensemble Member Randall Arney on The Seafarer

    #014: Ensemble Member Randall Arney on The Seafarer

  6. EXPLORE: The World of Conor McPherson

    EXPLORE: The World of Conor McPherson

  7. Randall Arney on The Searfarer

    Randall Arney on The Searfarer

  8. Alan Wilder on Ivan

    Alan Wilder on Ivan

  9. The Seafarer in Production

    The Seafarer in Production

  10. #012: Ensemble Member Francis Guinan on The Seafarer

    #012: Ensemble Member Francis Guinan on The Seafarer

  11. The Seafarer in Rehearsal

    The Seafarer in Rehearsal

  12. #001: Artistic Director Martha Lavey on the 2008-2009 Season

    #001: Artistic Director Martha Lavey on the 2008-2009 Season

Cast & Artists

The Artists

Featured Ensemble Members

Reviews

"Powerful, not to be missed...Steppenwolf’s production of McPherson’s work (is) the best Irish play since Beckett!"
–Chicago Tribune

"A fantastic tragicomic quaff being served up by one of those legendary all-male, turbo-charged Steppenwolf Theatre ensembles that once again reminds you what sensational acting is all about."
–Chicago Sun Times

"The Steppenwolf production is a shining star in the firmament of perennially dazzling Chicago theater! Brilliant!"
–Huffington Post

"Has us on the edge of our seats!"
–Time Out Chicago

"Delivers the booze-soaked pathos one expects from great Irish storytelling."
-Chicago Reader

"The acting is absolutely first rate. Plays to what Steppenwolf has always done best - the ensemble strength."
-Dueling Critics, WBEZ

Program Articles

Letter from the Artistic Director on the 2008-2009 Season

Artistic Director Martha Lavey discusses the 2008-2009 Season of the Imagination

Letter from the Artistic Director on Dublin Carol

Artistic Director Martha Lavey explores Dublin Carol's central question of human intimacy.

Coming Home

Artistic Director Martha Lavey Interviews William Petersen

Letter from the Artistic Director on The Seafarer

Artistic Director Martha Lavey discusses the mystery, humor, and grace of The Seafarer.

In the Paths of Exile: Guilt and Isolation in The Seafarer

Joy Meads captures the hopeful spirit of The Seafarer

Directing McPherson

Associate Artistic Director David New interviews ensemble members Amy Morton and Randall Arney

Exploring Conor McPherson

A sampling of themes throughout his work

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Content Advisory

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