Seanachai Theatre's THE SEAFARER Extends One Month Through Feb 1

Brad Armacost, Ira Amyx, Kevin Theis, Dan Waller and
Shane Kenyon. Photo by Joe Mazza.

Due to popular demand, Seanachaí Theatre Company's critically acclaimed production of THE SEAFARER is adding four additional weeks of performances, extending through February 1, 2014 at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee in Chicago. Conor McPherson's Tony and Olivier Award-nominated dark Irish comedy is directed by Matt Miller and features Seanachai ensemble members Ira Amyx, Brad Armacost, Shane Kenyon, Kevin Theis and Dan Waller. Tickets for all performances are available at or by calling (866) 811-4111.

On Christmas Eve, a pair of brothers are set to enjoy the holidays in true Dublin spirit with cards, booze and friends - until a stranger from long ago arrives to collect a debt. THE SEAFARER is an eerie and darkly humorous masterpiece from one of Ireland's most celebrated playwrights.

The production team for THE SEAFARER includes: Joe Schermoly (scenic design), Beth Laske-Miller (costume design), Julian Pike (lighting design), Stephen Ptacek (sound design), Elise Kauzlaric (dialect design), Seanachaí ensemble member Jeff Christian (production stage manager), Rebecca Willingham (assistant director) and Andrew Donnelly (stage manager).

The cast features Seanachaí Theatre ensemble members Ira Amyx (Ivan), Brad Armacost (Richard), Shane Kenyon (Nicky), Kevin Theis (Mr. Lockhart) and Dan Waller (Sharky).

The Den Theatre is located at 1333 N. Milwaukee in Chicago. The show runs Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - Sunday, February 1, 2014. Curtain times: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 3 pm (through January 5) and 6:30 pm (January 12, 19 & 26). Tickets: Thursdays & Fridays, $30 Saturdays & Sundays. Seniors/students $5 off. Tickets are available at visit or by calling (866) 811-4111. Group discounts (8 or more) are available by calling (773) 878-3727.

About the Playwright: Conor McPherson is one of Ireland's premier contemporary playwrights, currently produced worldwide, in London's West End and on Broadway to both critical and audience acclaim. His plays include The Veil (premiered at the Royal National Theatre October 2011, directed by the author), The Weir, The Seafarer, Port Authority, St. Nicholas, Shining City and Dublin Carol. The New York Times proclaimed him "the finest playwright of his generation." His new play, The Night Alive premiered at the Donmar in June 2013.

About the Director: Originally from Kent, Ohio, Matt Miller is a Chicago based director and teacher. His previous credits with Seanachai Theatre include The Weir and a joint production of St. Nicholas with Shanghai Low Theatricals. Other recent directing credits include The Killer Angels with Lifeline Theatre, Superior Donuts with Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co., Oblivion and 4000 Miles (staged reading with Deanna Dunagan) for Steppenwolf's First Look Repertory, A Girl With Sun In Her Eyes and This Is Our Youth with Pine Box Theater, and the world premiere of Graceland with Profiles Theatre (Jeff Award winner, Best New Work). Matt is also a proud fifteen-year company member with Barrel of Monkeys, a theatre group that provides creative writing workshops for Chicago Public Elementary Schools that lack arts funding.

About Seanachaí Theatre Company: Seanachaí is the Gaelic word for Storyteller. It was the duty of the Seanachaí to keep these stories alive. The mission of Seanachaí Theatre Company is to return theatre to this origin - by creating compelling productions and programs that focus the energy of artists towards the common goal of exceptional storytelling. To achieve this end, Seanachaí Theatre Company strives to provide an atmosphere where all theatre artists - actors, playwrights, directors and designers - have the support and assurance to collaborate openly.

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