Quotidian Theatre Company opens its amazing 2017 season with the haunting and darkly funny THE NIGHT ALIVE, by Conor McPherson.
The often dark, at times violent, drama about the relationship among five highly imperfect people is also infused with black comedy as these sad souls fumble in the darkness toward the light. The piece is set in a run-down house in Dublin which is now inhabited by Tommy, a fifty-something layabout. He does odd jobs with his friend, Doc, and has a tense relationship with his Uncle Maurice, who owns the house. These men on the margin of society live day to day, barely surviving in the junk and squalor of the bedsit.
One night, Tommy brings home Aimee, who has been beaten by her boyfriend, Kenneth, and everyone’s lives are changed forever.
“With its focus on these very flawed people, you would think this piece would be very bleak,” says Jack Sbarbori, Quotidian’s Artistic Director, and the play’s director. “But, in reality, it is a portrait of ordinary personalities, placed in extraordinary and dangerous circumstances. MacPherson’s genius lies in taking this situation, and finding the humor and warmth in it.”
Quotidian has a long history of producing McPherson’s work, including the United States premiere of THE VEIL. Join us on 6 November for a post-performance talk-back with director Jack Sbarbori and his cast, moderated by McPherson expert/author Professor Gerald Wood.
THE NIGHT ALIVE opens on October 21, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and runs through November 20.
Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2592907) or by calling the Quotidian Theatre Company box office at 301-816-1023.