"You only get a few go's, Tommy. At life. You don't get endless go's. Two three go's maybe. When you hit the right groove you'll click right in there...this is it."


The kindness of strangers comes with complications. Tommy is getting by—kind of: he is crashing in his uncle’s ramshackle house in Dublin, dodging his estranged family, and plotting a parade of get-rich-quick schemes with his buddy Doc. Then one day he defends a destitute woman against a violent attack, and a fragile glimmer of hope appears as Tommy tends to her in his run-down room. From the author of The Weir, Shining City and The Seafarer comes this compelling new drama—by turns funny and frightening, but always deeply human.

Watch & Listen

  1. Explore <i>THE NIGHT ALIVE</i>


  2. Conor McPherson on <i>THE NIGHT ALIVE</i>

    Conor McPherson on THE NIGHT ALIVE

  3. <i>THE NIGHT ALIVE</i> - Audience Response

    THE NIGHT ALIVE - Audience Response

  4. <i>THE NIGHT ALIVE</i> - in Production

    THE NIGHT ALIVE - in Production

  5. <i>THE NIGHT ALIVE</i> - Trailer

    THE NIGHT ALIVE - Trailer

  6. <i>THE NIGHT ALIVE</i> in Rehearsal

    THE NIGHT ALIVE in Rehearsal

  7. 2014/15 Season - <i>THE NIGHT ALIVE</i>

    2014/15 Season - THE NIGHT ALIVE

Cast & Artists

The Artists

Featured Ensemble Members


“Another raw and beautiful entry in this great Irish playwright’s stunning ongoing series of dramatic meditations on life, loneliness and the possibility of redemption.”
Chicago Tribune

“Highly recommended. A blazing Chicago premiere…performed by one of those casts that is a reminder of what great ensemble acting is all about.”
Chicago Sun-Times

“From subtle but laugh-out-loud comedy to delicate sweetness to creeping dread…a surprisingly emotional trip, and it’s not one to miss.”

Exquisite production…the enormous talent of the actors is clearly shown.”
Irish American News

“***** Critic’s Pick… Conor McPherson’s wonderful new play. Spellbinding and gorgeous by one of the true poets of theater.”
Time Out New York, Atlantic Theatre Company production

“Extraordinary! The play can only be called transcendent. A heaven-sent vision.”
– Ben Brantley, The New York Times, Atlantic Theatre Company production

The Night Alive is a stunner! So fresh and full of vital poetry that you’ll cling to every word.”
The Wall Street Journal, Atlantic Theatre Company production

“A captivating play! Jolting drama with visceral energy.”
The Hollywood Reporter, Atlantic Theatre Company production

“Dialogue that makes the story feel fully alive.”
NY Daily News, Atlantic Theatre Company production


Hope Doesn’t Come Out of a Bottle
Read the article in The New York Times about The Night Alive playwright Conor McPherson

Program Articles


Aaron Carter, Director of New Play Development, spoke with playwright Conor McPherson and director Henry Wishcamper about their approach to The Night Alive. Following is an edited portion of their conversation.


Jenni Page-White explores the world of The Night Alive

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Running Time

Content Advisory

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Special Performances

American Sign Language Interpretation
Sunday, October 26 at 7:30pm

Open Captioning
Saturday, November 1 at 3:00pm

Audio Description and Touch Tour
Sunday, November 9
Touch Tour: 1:30pm
Curtain: 3pm

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