Scena Theatre presents The Night Alive – a poignant and acclaimed drama by Ireland's great playwright Conor McPherson at the ATLAS, March 20 – April 9

Washington, DC, February 15, 2017 — The Directors of Scena Theatre are excited to open the third production in its 30th Anniversary Season—The Night Alive by renowned Irish playwright Conor McPherson. This emotionally powerful drama features the return of two Irish actors—Barry McEvoy and Brian Mallon—who starred in Scena's widely acclaimed production of The Weir, also by McPherson, in 2011.

The Night Alive opens on Monday, March 20 at 8pm with a reception to follow. Members of the Washington press: please RSVP to to reserve your seat. 

McPherson is Ireland's most highly acclaimed modern playwright, having won numerous awards over the years. In 2013, he won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for The Night Alive. His plays focus on everyday people who oftentimes encounter supernatural situations. He has mastered the art of Irish storytelling through his colorful yet realistic characters.

Scena has produced many McPherson plays over the years, including Dublin Carol, The Weir, Shining City, This Lime Tree Bower and The Seafarer. In fact, Scena’s 2011 production of The Weir—which featured Barry McEvoy and Brian Mallon—was widely acclaimed, garnered a Helen Hayes Award nomination, and was extended for an extra week due to demand. 

Artistic Director Robert McNamara is thrilled to be producing yet another one of McPherson's great works. "Directing The Night Alive has been my goal for the past few years. Being able to do so with such a stellar cast, including two Irish actors I know and trust intimately, will bring an extra level of authenticity and magic to this production."

PLOT: This touching drama explores lost souls and the hope of redemption—with an ample dose of Irish wit. Tommy is a disheartened schemer, estranged from his family. One night, he saves a young prostitute, Aimee, and begins to feel that his life may indeed have a purpose. Yet, all of that may end, as an ominous and unwelcome man from her past appears…

Press Night: Monday, March 20, 2017 (8pm), Opening Night; Reception after

Official Run:  March  20 – April 9, 2017 (Thur. – Sat. 8pm; Sat & Sun. 3pm)

Previews: Friday, March 17 & Saturday, March 18 (8pm); Sunday, March 19 (3pm)

Venue: ATLAS Performing Arts Center (Lab II)

1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

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Phone: 571-216-5136 

Press Photos: Click on Press link (at left)

Ticket Cost: $20 - $35

Adults: $35 (Sun., Thur. & Sat. 3pm), $40 (Fri. & Sat. 8pm)

Students/Seniors w/ ID: $20 (Sun., Thur.& Sat. 3pm), $25 (Fri. & Sat. 8pm)

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Call 202.399.7993 x2.

Industry Nite: All theatre professionals can see the show for $10 on Monday, January 30th at 8pm

Actors:  Barry McEvoy*, Brian Mallon*, Ron Litman*, Robert Sheire & Molly Goff    *Actors' Equity Association

Designers:  Robert McNamara (Director), Michael C. Stepowany (Set Designer), Alisa Mandel (Costume Designer), Marianne Meadows (Lighting Designer), Denise Rose (Sound Designer), Anne Nottage (Assistant Director & Literary Manager), Jenna Lawrence (Stage Manager), Gabriele Jakobi (Dramaturg), and Joey Aubry (Property Master)

Conor McPherson (Playwright) is one of the best contemporary Irish playwrights today. His plays are performed internationally and garner accolades from audiences and critics alike. McPherson was born in Dublin, Ireland and studied at University College Dublin where he began writing his first plays. McPherson achieved great notoriety after the debut of The Weir in 1999 at the Royal Court Theatre in London. His other famous plays include: Port Authority, first produced in 2001, Dublin Carol from 2003, and Shining City from 2004, which earned him the distinction as “the finest dramatist of his generation.”

SCENA Theatre brings the best international theatre to Washington, DC and stimulates cultural exchange between theatre artists, locally and worldwide. Founded in 1987 under the leadership of Artistic Director Robert McNamara and Managing Director Amy Schmidt, SCENA produces an annual season of plays, seasonally staged readings, as well as a Workshop Series aimed at developing new works from around the globe. To learn more about our mission or past stage productions, please click on About in the left menu.