The Seafarer

March 29, 2019–April 13, 2019

Valley Center Stage


The Seafarer is a chilling play about the sea, Ireland, and the power of myth. It is Christmas Eve in Dublin at the squalid home of the aging, cantankerous Richard. Richard’s brother, Sharky, recently sober, has returned to Dublin after losing yet another job to care for Richard, who was blinded in a drunken accident. At Richard’s insistence, his old drinking buddies and a mysterious stranger gather for a night of drinking and cards to celebrate the holiday. The stranger, bringing an ominous presence to the game, has come to collect on old debt with one of the players. The innocent card game becomes not so innocent, with the hands of fate played out in the cards!

Written by Irish Playwright Conor McPherson (The Weir, Shining City), The Seafarer premiered at London’s Royal National Theatre in 2006 and was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Play. It premiered on Broadway in December of 2007, where it was nominated for four 2008 Tony Awards.

Directed by Valley Center Stage’s Artistic Director, Jim Snyder. Recent directing credits include The Cemetery Club, Over the River and Through the Woods, Steel Magnolias, two episodes of The Twilight Zone, 'Tis the Season, Superior Donuts, Caps for Sale! and The Mystery of Irma Vep – A Penny Dreadful. When not busy directing, Jim can be found building sets and managing a variety of tasks needed to keep the theater running!

"…dark and enthralling Christmas fable of despair and redemption…tingles with the author's acute and authentic sense of what is knowable and unknowable in life…THE SEAFARER may just be the pick-me-up play of the season." — NY Times

"…a midnight-black comedy, one that wrenches laughter out of the despair of frustrated men whose lives have come to naught…No matter what you're expecting at the halfway mark, you won't feel cheated when the curtain falls." — Wall Street Journal

"A timeless classic." — Hollywood Reporter

Season Passes now available!

Tickets prices (tickets available soon):

  • General: $18.00
  • Senior/Student: $14.00 (senior tickets are available to people ages 65 and older)
  • Pay-What-You-Will: Thursday performances only; $10.00 suggested minimum where every dollar helps us continue to provide quality productions

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