McPherson HS
Conor McPherson
Photo: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

The Night Alive

By Conor McPherson

November 18th – December 12th, 2015

Directed by Dylan Key
A Regional Premiere
Press Opening on November 21st

Winner of the NY Drama Critics’ Circle Award for best play of 2013/2014 season

Undermain is thrilled to return to the work of Conor McPherson, one of the English language’s leading theatrical voices, with the regional premiere of his startling new play. The Night Alive follows the lives of four modern Dubliners who are trying to get by, helping each other stay one step ahead of the past. Tommy’s a middle-aged misfit renting a run-down room in his uncle Maurice’s house, rolling from one get-rich-quick scheme to the other with his pal Doc, a homeless mystic. One day he comes to the aid of Aimee, a twenty-something lass who hasn’t had it too easy herself. Their past won’t let go easily. But together there’s a glimmer of hope that they could make something more of their future. Something extraordinary. As in Undermain’s productions of his earlier plays Shining City and St. Nicholas, Conor McPherson’s new play deftly mines the humanity to be found in the most unlikely of situations. After premiering at London’s Donmar Warehouse in 2013, it transferred to New York’s Atlantic Theatre and was lauded by critics for its boisterous comedy and aching poetry.

“Extraordinary! The play can only be called transcendent. A heaven-sent vision.” ~Ben Brantley, The New York Times

“Spellbinding and gorgeous, by one of the true poets of theater” ~Time Out New York

“GO! … One of the best playwrights alive! … Poignant.” ~LA Weekly

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