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Critic’s Pick – Time Out New York
The play can only be called transcendent.
A HEAVEN-SENT VISION.”
– Ben Brantley, The New York Times
“THE NIGHT ALIVE IS A STUNNER!
So fresh and full of vital poetry that you’ll cling to every word.”
– The Wall Street Journal
“Conor McPherson’s wonderful new play.
SPELLBINDING AND GORGEOUS BY ONE OF THE TRUE POETS OF THEATER.”
– Time Out New York
“A captivating play!
JOLTING DRAMA WITH VISCERAL ENERGY.
The acting is FLAWLESS.”
– The Hollywood Reporter
Dialogue that makes the story feel fully alive.”
– NY Daily News
THE NIGHT ALIVE
written and directed by CONOR MCPHERSON
Linda Gross Theater, 336 W 20th St.
“You only get a few goes. At life. You don’t get endless goes. Two, three goes maybe. When you hit the right groove you’ll click right in there… this is it.”
Tommy’s not a bad man, he’s getting by. Renting a run-down room in his uncle Maurice’s house, just about keeping his ex-wife and kids at arm’s length and rolling from one get-rich-quick scheme to the other with his pal Doc. Then one day he comes to the aid of Aimee, who’s not had it easy herself, struggling through life the only way she knows how.
Their past won’t let go easily. But together there’s a glimmer of hope they could make something more of their lives. Something extraordinary. Perhaps.
With inimitable warmth, style and craft, Conor McPherson’s new play deftly mines the humanity to be found in the most unlikely of situations. The Atlantic is proud to present The Donmar’s production of this startling new play, THE NIGHT ALIVE.
Run Time: Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes, with no intermission.
CAOILFHIONN DUNNE (Aimee). Theatre credits include: The Night Alive (Donmar Warehouse), King Lear, Christ Deliver Us!, The Last Days Of a Reluctant Tyrant and La Dispute (Abbey Theatre),The Veil (National Theatre, London), Pineapple and 10 Dates With Mad Mary (Calipo Theatre), Plasticine (Corcadorca), The Playboy of The Western World (Druid Theatre Company), The Sanctuary Lamp (b*spoke Theatre Company), Bent (Smock Alley Theatre), Macbeth (Siren Productions), Caligula, Dublin Fringe Festival Award nomination for Best Actress (Rough Magic Theatre Company) and The Stuff of Myth (Project Arts Centre). Radio: The Vision Service, Far Off Things, The Doping Games, No Room of Angels, The Quiet Willoughbys and In Praise of Darkness (RTÉ). Television: “Love/Hate III & IV” (RTÉ), “Vexed II” (Greenlit Rights) and “Little White Lie” (Element Pictures). Film: Wrath of the Titans (Warner Bros. Pictures) and Corduroy (EMU Productions).
BRIAN GLEESON (Kenneth). Donmar Warehouse: The Night Alive. Other theater productions include Romeo and Juliet at the Abbey Theatre, Stuck at Project Arts Theatre and the Druid Theatre Company’s production of The Silver Tassie directed by Garry Hynes. His first movie role was in John Boorman’s The Tiger’s Tail in 2006. He has since gone on to appear in various film and television productions including Trouble in Paradise (2007) Single Handed (2007), The Wake Wood (2008), the popular ITV series “Primeval” and RTÉ’s acclaimed series “Love/Hate,” starring Aidan Gillen and Robert Sheehan. Other film work includes The Eagle of the Ninth directed by Kevin MacDonald, and the short film Noreen, directed by his brother Domhnall and also starring Brendan Gleeson, which won the Best Short Film Award in the Galway Film Fleadh. Recently he appeared as the dwarf Gus in Rupert Sanders’ Snow White and the Huntsman. Summer 2012 saw Brian film Wiebke Von Carolsfeld’s Stay, starring Aidan Quinn, as well as Ronan and Rob Burke’s Standby, co-starring Jessica Paré, in which he played the lead role of Alan. 2013 has seen Brian cast in the television adaptation of the Benjamin Black “Quirke” series, in which he plays the role of Sinclair, and How To be Happy a feature directed by Mark Gaster, Michael Rob Costine and Brian O’Neill, in which he plays the role of Cormac. Brian will also appear in the upcoming feature film Darkness on the Edge Town, directed by Patrick Ryan. He lives in Dublin.
CIARÁN HINDS (Tommy). Broadway theatre credits include the recent revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Patrick Marber’s Closer and Conor McPherson’s The Seafarer. Other theatre includes Juno & the Paycock, Burnt by the Sun, The Yalta Game, Closer (Royal National Theatre), Simpatico, Machinale, Sam Mendes’ Assassins at The Donmar, Richard III and Troilus & Cressida, directed by Sam Mendes, Edward II and Two Shakespearean Actors. For the Glasgow Citizen’s Theatre he appeared in The Orphan, The Seagull, Way of the World, White Devil, Richard III, Lady from the Sea, The Plough & the Stars, Blithe Spirit, Mary Stuart, Juno & the Paycock, Webster, Don Juan and The Battlefield. Film credits include The Woman in Black, The Rite, Salvation Boulevard, John Carter of Mars, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Debt, Life During Wartime, The Eclipse, Race to Witch Mountain, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, There Will be Blood, Stop Loss, Steven Spielberg’s Munich, Miami Vice, Calendar Girls, Veronica Guerin, Road to Perdition, Sum of All Fears, Weight of Water, The Lost Lover, A Time to Love, The Lost Son, Titanic Town, Oscar and Lucinda and The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, Circle of Friends, December Bride, Closed Circuit. Television credits include “Game of Thrones,” “Political Animals,” Linda La Plante’s “Above Suspicion,” “Rome,” “Broken Morning,” “The Mayor of Casterbridge,” “Thursday 12th,” “The Sleeper,” “Jayne Eyre,” “Ivanhoe,” “Tales from the Crypt,” “The Affair,” “Cold Lazarus,” ” Persuasion,” “Rules of Engagement,” “Soldier Soldier,” “Prime Suspect.”
MICHAEL MCELHATTON (Doc). Theatre includes: The Night Alive (Donmar Warehouse), The Seafarer (National Theatre) Shining City (Royal Court), Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Christ Deliver Us (Abbey Theatre), An Ideal Husband (Gate Theatre), The Wexford Trilogy (Tricycle), An Enemy of the People (Young Vic), Little Malcolm and his Struggle against the Eunuchs(BAC), The Way of the World (Rough Magic). TV includes: “Game of Thrones,” “New Worlds,” “The Fall,” “Ripper Street,” “Zen,” “Titanic: Blood and Steel,” “Father and Son,” “My Boy Jack,” “Single Handed,” “Hide and Seek,” “Aristocrats,” “Paths to Freedom,” “Fergus’ Wedding,” “The Ambassador,” “Ice Cream Girls,” “Whistelblower,” “Rebel Heart.” Film: Shadow Dancer, Albert Nobbs, Death of a Superhero, Perrier’s Bounty, Intermission, The Actors, Saltwater, A Tigers Tail, Blow Dry, Spin the Bottle, Crushproof, I Went Down, November Afternoon. Graduate of The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Jim Norton (Maurice) most recently appeared on Broadway in the musical revivals The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Finian’s Rainbow. He was awarded a 2007 Olivier Award and a 2008 Tony Award® for his role in Conor McPherson’s The Seafarer. Other theater includes The Weir (Olivier nomination); Juno and the Paycock, Conor McPherson’s plays Dublin Carol (Obie Award) and Port Authority at the Atlantic. National Theatre credits include The Veil, The Pillowman, Hamlet, Bedroom Farce, Comedians, St. Joan, Way Upstream, Tamberlaine, Playboy of the Western World and Chorus of Disapproval. Royal Court: The Contractor and The Changing Room. Film: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Water For Elephants, Straw Dogs, Hidden Agenda, Memoirs of an Invisible Man, Driving Lessons, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Oyster Farmer and The Eclipse. Television includes “Frasier,” “Poirot,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Father playing characters as varied as Stan Laurel, Pirandello and Field Marshall Montgomery. He has recorded many audio books and the complete works of James Joyce for Naxos Audio Book (Sony Award). He is currently filming the motion picture Jimmy’s Hall, directed by Ken Loach.