The Night Alive


Writers: Conor McPherson


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Text And Format
Number of Acts
First Produced
Drama, Comedy
Time & Place
present day, autumn, edwardian house near a park in dublin
Cast Size
Ideal for
community theatre, regional theatre, professional theatre, college/university theatre
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, mature adult, elderly characters


A play that flutters between the dramatic and comedic realms, The Night Alive is a play that explores the lives of a few lost souls...and a chance connection that may change their lives. Tommy is a man who has been drifting through life for the past two years after becoming estranged from his family. He lives in his Uncle’s house, making ends meet through whatever crackpot schemes him and his friend Doc can concoct. When he saves a young prostitute named Aimee, Tommy begins to feel a glimmer of hope that he can make something of his life. All of that may end, however, as a man from Aimee’s past makes an unwelcome appearance…. . From the author of The Weir and The Seafarer comes the stunning Irish drama the Chicago Tribune calls “raw and beautiful.”

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