Steppenwolf Will Feature M. Emmet Walsh and Francis Guinan in The Night Alive

By Carey Purcell
27 Jun 2014

Casting has been announced for the Chicago-premiere production of Conor McPherson's The Night Alive at the Steppenwolf Theatre.



The drama will begin previews Sept. 18 prior to an official opening Sept. 28. The Night Alive will continue through Nov. 16 in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre.

Directed by Henry Wishcamper, the cast includes Francis Guinan (August: Osage County, The Grapes of Wrath), Tim Hopper (Present Laughter, Russian Transport), Helen Sadler (Tribes, The Maids), Dan Waller (Three Sisters, The Pitmen Painters) and M. Emmet Walsh (That Championship Season, Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?).

"The kindness of strangers comes with complications," press notes state. "Tommy is getting by — kind of: he is crashing in his uncle's ramshackle house in Dublin, dodging his estranged family, and plotting a parade of get-rich-quick scenes with his buddy Doc. Then one day he defends a destitute woman against a violent attack, and a fragile glimmer of hope appears as Tommy tends to her in his run-down room. From the author of The Weir, Shining City and The Seafarer comes this compelling new drama — by turns funny and frightening, but always deeply human."

The production team includes Todd Rosenthal (scenic design), Rachel Healy (costume design), Richard Woodbury (sound design and original music), Keith Parham (lighting design), Cecilie O'Reilly (dialect coach), Erica Daniels (casting), Deb Styer (stage manager) and Michelle Medvin (assistant stage manager).

Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre is located at 1650 N Halsted St. Visit steppenwolf.org for more information.