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.
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Cast & Artists
"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!"
"Has us on the edge of our seats!"
–Time Out Chicago
"Delivers the booze-soaked pathos one expects from great Irish storytelling."
"The acting is absolutely first rate. Plays to what Steppenwolf has always done best - the ensemble strength."
-Dueling Critics, WBEZ
Artistic Director Martha Lavey Interviews William Petersen
Associate Artistic Director David New interviews ensemble members Amy Morton and Randall Arney
A sampling of themes throughout his work
Joy Meads captures the hopeful spirit of The Seafarer
Artistic Director Martha Lavey explores Dublin Carol's central question of human intimacy.
Artistic Director Martha Lavey discusses the 2008-2009 Season of the Imagination
Artistic Director Martha Lavey discusses the mystery, humor, and grace of The Seafarer.