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‘The Night Alive’ by Conor McPherson Opens Off-Broadway on Oct. 13

NEW YORK – After receiving rave reviews at The Stella Adler Studio, The Night Alive by Conor McPherson, produced by Maiden Productions and TeamTheater, opens off-Broadway on October 13 at the Chain Theatre, 312 West 36th Street in Manhattan.

Chrysi Sylaidi, co-Producer of The Night Alive and co-Artistic Director of TeamTheatre LLC, who is perhaps best known to the Greek-American community for her acting, spoke with The National Herald about the production.

“Since the pandemic, I’ve been looking to get involved in projects that truly have something to say or are just simply fun to do,” she said. “No matter what my role is in a project – whether I am acting, directing, producing or writing – that is the main guide for me. This is also something that Elena Dorothea Gloria and I aim to do in our collaborative work as co-Artistic Directors of the theatre company, TeamTheatre LLC here in New York City. It is how we decided to co-produce The Night Alive and collaborate with Maiden Productions. The play is a deeply moving, cathartic story about our humanity and at the same time it is extremely funny. These qualities make it such a pleasure for an audience to witness. Moreover, the people bringing this show to life – including the actors, the designers, and producers, Molly Ehrenberg-Peters, Haydn Harvey and, Thomas Shuman – are incredibly talented and deserve all the support and attention.”

McPherson’s hero, Tommy, is a middle-aged loner who has lost all hope; a Jack of all trades and master of none. He lives in his Uncle Maurice’s bedsit in North Dublin, scraping by through life with his loyal companion Doc. Life takes an unexpected turn when Tommy meets Aimee and decides to save her from a dark path. As their worlds collide, both sense a glimmer that life could get better after all.

This play examines loneliness and the search for human connection all with a helping of classic Dublin humor. The Night Alive is a barrage of blood, tears, and battered sausage; a journey of five lost souls scored by Marvin Gaye’s hit song ‘What’s Going On’.

Directed by Kathy Gail MacGowan, the show will see John Duddy, former boxing champion, leading the show as Tommy. Duddy will be sharing the stage with Molly Ehrenberg-Peters, Haydn Harvey, Lloyd Peters, and Thomas Shuman.

When asked what she is working on next, Sylaidi said, “the next thing which I am very excited about is a film called Bad Juju that is in post-production at the moment. The film was produced through TeamTheatre LLC and I had the pleasure of directing it. Bad Juju is a quirky comedy about four friends who set up a ritual to cleanse their lives of some, well, ‘bad juju’, until things take a very unexpected turn. The film will be submitted to festivals all around the world and it will soon reach the audience’s eyes on a bigger scale.”

The Night Alive by Conor McPherson runs October 13-22 at the Chain Theatre. Ticket price: $25. Ticket Link: https://our.show/thenight-alive.

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