|The City Theatre Company
|3823 Airport Blvd. Suite D, 78722 512-524-2870 firstname.lastname@example.org
|The City Theatre is the city's theater, a world class performing arts venue established for Austin directors, designers
and performers who have one goal: the continued excellence in stage performances and the desire to bring that quality,
committment, and service to the central Texas theatrical community.
|The Austin premiere play about luck, the past,
and the power of friendship.
Acclaimed Irish playwright Conon McPherson takes us to mystical and haunting land of
Ireland as The City Theatre Company continue its 12th season with this Austin premiere.
Leading the production is guest director Karen Sneed and features the
all-star cast of CTC veterans Scot Friedman, Rick Felkins, Garry Peters,
Rick Smith, and Steve Wright.
“I’m the son of the morning, Sharky. I’m the snake in the garden. And you’re coming
through the old hole in the wall with me tonight.” - Lockhart
It’s Christmas Eve, Dublin, and in their rundown childhood home, where Sharky cares for
his aging blind brother, old acquaintances gather for a card game. But with the arrival of
a stranger from the distant past, the stakes are quickly raised. As the booze flows and the
game intensifies, Sharky discovers he is playing for more than what’s on the table and his
gamble could be the final one. In this wicked-funny fable of redemption, celebrated
playwright Conor McPherson examines how we must face the demons and darkness of
the past to find where our destiny truly lies.
“It's like there's a nuclear reactor of anxiety constantly churning away, and the product is
these plays that pop out every so often." - Conor McPherson
Conor McPherson is considered one of the best contemporary Irish playwrights living
today. Born in Dublin and educated at University College, he began writing his first plays
as a member of the college's dramatic society. His plays rose from humble beginnings in
makeshift pub theatre spaces to international productions, notably in the West End and
on Broadway. His play The Weir won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play, and
Shining City prompted the London Telegraph to describe him as "the finest dramatist of
his generation." It subsequently opened on Broadway to great critical acclaim, and was
nominated for two Tony Awards, including Best Play. In September 2006, McPherson
made his National Theatre debut as both author and director with The Seafarer. And in
2007, the play went to Broadway receiving rave reviews such as "McPherson is quite
possibly the finest playwright of his generation" from Ben Brantley at the New York Times.
He has gone on to write screenplays for many films that have been featured at the
Tribeca and Berlin Film Festivals. He currently resides with his wife, a painter,
in his Dublin hometown.
“Conor McPherson is one of the genuine treasures of the English-language theatre. It is
absolutely intoxicating to ponder what he will give us in the future.”—Irish Echo
“The unique and extraordinary aspect of McPherson’s writing is the way in which his
characters reveal themselves in tiny details which almost imperceptibly build up an
extensive picture of the past, present and future, not just of themselves but of Ireland.”
—The Sunday Mail (London)
"…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
SEAFARER may just be the pick-me-up play of the season." —NY Times. "
…a midnight-black comedy, one that wrenches laughter out of the despair of frustrated
men whose lives have come to naught…No matter what you're expecting at the halfway
mark, you won't feel cheated when the curtain falls." —Wall Street Journal.
"A timeless classic." —Hollywood Reporter.
The title of the play comes from the title of the poem The Seafarer, from the Old English
period (450-1100) of English literature, characterized by a sense of pained endurance,
spiritual anguish, and isolation.
He knows not Who lives most easily on land, how I have spent my winter on the ice-cold
sea Wretched and anxious, in the paths of exile Lacking dear friends, hung round by
icicles While hail flew past in showers… - The Seafarer, c. 755 A.D.
Why, this is hell, nor am I out of it, Think’st thou that I, that saw the face of God,
And tasted the eternal joys of heaven, Am not tormented with ten thousand hells,
In being depriv’d of everlasting bliss? – Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus
SHOW INFORMATION AT A GLANCE
The Seafarer by Conor McPherson
November 3 - 26. Thursday - Saturday 8:00 pm. Sunday 3:00 pm.
Additional shows Wednesday, November 8 and 15. 8 pm. No shows November 23 and 24.
The City Theatre 3823 Airport Blvd. Austin 78722.
General Seating $15. Front/2nd Row Reserved $20-25. Thursday all seats $10.
Tickets at the door $20. Group and student discounts.
Tickets 512-524-2870 or email@example.com.