San Diego Rep Presents THE SEAFARER, 11/20 - 12/13

San Diego Rep Presents THE SEAFARER, 11/20 - 12/13

SAN DIEGO REPERTORY THEATRE will presents THE SEAFARER, the comic-drama that has become a holiday hit on American stages across the country since its Broadway debut in 2007. Directed by DELICIA TURNER SONNENBERG, this rousing drama recounts the story of four lifelong friends who get together on Christmas Eve and end up making a bet with the devil in disguise. Performances begin in previews on Saturday, November 14, 2009, with an Opening Night performance on Friday, November 20 at 8pm and continue through December 13, 2009 at The Lyceum Theatre.

Written by one of Ireland's most celebrated young playwrights, Conor McPherson, THE SEAFARER transports audiences to a bungalow just north of Dublin, a magical part of the world where the natural and the supernatural live side by side with the hard-living working man. THE SEAFARER features a powerhouse of talent, including: Armin Shimerman as the belligerently funny Richard Harkin; RON CHOULARTON as his secret-laden brother Sharky; Robert Townsend as the small town hustler Nicky, PAUL KRUSE as the bumbling sidekick Ivan, and REP Artistic Director Sam WoodHOUSE as the Prince of Darkness, determined to go "home" with the biggest prize possible. THE SEAFARER features a set designed by Robin Roberts

In a forgotten corner of Northern Dublin on Christmas Eve, four old friends have gathered in a well-worn bungalow to face the holidays the only way they know how: with a bottle of whiskey and a deck of cards. A crusty old sot, recently blinded by dumpster diving on Halloween, is wielding a walking stick like a club while ferociously bellowing Christmas carols. His brother is on day two without a drink and his hair-trigger temper is barely in check. Neighborhood buddies join the fray, bringing a mysterious, natty stranger who wants a piece of the action. With eyebrows curling up diabolically, the newcomer's sinister behavior raises the stakes to the highest level.

THE SEAFARER will play November 14 - December 13, 2009, with an opening night of Friday, November 20, 2009 at 8pm at The Lyceum Stage, 79 Horton Plaza. Previews are Sat 8pm, Sun 7pm, Tue 7pm, Wed 7pm and Thu 8pm.  The regular performance schedule is Wednesday 7pm (no performance on Dec 9); Thursday 8pm; Friday 8pm; Saturday 2pm (on Nov 28 only) and 8pm; Sunday, Nov 22 2pm; Sunday, Nov 29 7pm; Sunday, Dec 6 & 13 2pm and 7pm. Tickets are $27-47 (Student Discount $18) and available through the Lyceum Box Office (619) 544-1000

Armin Shimerman (Richard Harkin) was last seen at San Diego REPertory Theatre during King Lear when he played the role of The Fool. His Broadway credits include Threepenny Opera, St. Joan, Broadway, Richard Rodgers' I Remember Mama. The Old Globe: Richard III, Love's Labors Lost, Merry Wives of Windsor; American Shakespeare Festival: Henry V; Indiana Repertory Theatre: Hoagy, Bix, Wolfgang Beethoven Bunkhaus. Guthrie Theatre : Threepenny Opera, Camille, Wild Oats. Los Angeles Theater - Matrix Theater: Birthday Party (LA Drama Critic's Circle Nom. Lead Performance);LATC: Petrified Forest; Odyssey Theatre: Misalliance, Standup Shakespeare ; Mark Taper:Richard II. Armin has appeared on more than 100 TV shows including "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" where he played Principal Snyder and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" where he played Quark.

Sam WoodHOUSE (Mr. Lockhart) co-founded San Diego REPertory Theatre with D.W. Jacobs in 1976, and has since served as its producing and artistic director. He has worked as a director, producer and actor on more than 150 REP productions. He has performed as an actor on the REP stages in the title role of King Lear, Proof, Hamlet, K2, Beyond Therapy, as Elvis in Are You Lonesome Tonight? and with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra in the title role of Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat. In 2003, he was awarded the Patté Shiley Award for Lifetime Achievement by KPBS and the prestigious Alonzo Award by the Downtown San Diego Partnership. In January 2006, he and Jacobs were honored with the Craig Noel Award by the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle for 30 years of artistic dedication to downtown and diversity.

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