By CONOR McPHERSON
Directed by DAVID O'CONNOR
On the F. Otto Haas Stage
May 14 - June 14, 2009
Broadway's recent smash hit – nominated for four Tony® Awards – features a collection of misfits on Christmas Eve in Ireland. A group of men, tied loosely together by their affiliation with misfortune, spend a boozy night playing poker. As the evening progresses, the game takes a sinister turn and the stakes rise higher than anyone could have expected. Don't miss this expert comedy and chilling ghost story that ups the ante on anyone running from their past and features a crackerjack cast including Greg Wood (Opus, Wittenberg), William Zielinski (Winesburg, Ohio), and Anthony Lawton (A Prayer for Owen Meany).
NOTE: This show includes profanity.
"The Arden's Seafarer
is better than Broadway's. This version uncovers the humanity in McPherson's devilish tale. In doing so, it reminds us that life is both precious and fleeting. The play is titled after an ancient poem about misery, loneliness, the afterlife and the fleeting nature of human existence. It's a lot of ground for a two hour play to cover, but McPherson does it effortlessly. In fact, Seafarer
is first and foremost a terrific story about a card game with wickedly high stakes. It's an intelligent drama and a stellar production." –Philadelphia Weekly
"Devilishly clever. In the end, this play about paying for a life of misadventure is deeply spiritual with a powerful implication."–Philadelphia Inquirer
"An Irish fable that packs a wicked punch. Bill Zielinski's Sharky has riveting intensity... Greg Wood's Mr. Lockhart is mysterious, natty and coolly omniscient." –Philadelphia City Paper
"Devilishly lyrical. The distinctive flare for storytelling and lyrical ear for language that the Irish have is evident. Director O'Connor's fine cast and sure direction blends the play's humor and underlying menace. Terrific... downright scary... those who are interested in fine acting will have much to admire." –The County Press
"The actors are exceptional: each one a virtuoso and together an ensemble of the first rank. David O'Connor's brilliant direction is a scherzo of overlapping jibes and pratfalls. The tragicomic timing is musical, the momentum as terraced as a baroque concerto. The pathos is mesmerizing... life bumbles on in spite of everything. We keep going. This The Seafarer
examines very well." –Lesley Valdes, Broad Street Review
"David O'Connor's direction is excellent and the ensemble work is wonderfully crisp... with such uniformity, it's hard to pick favorites, but Anthony Lawton's Ivan is a comedic masterpiece." –Robert Zaller, Broad Street Review