Dublin Carol

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Dublin Carol is a play by Conor McPherson, which premiered in Chicago, Illinois at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 2008.


John, a middle-aged employee of a funeral home in Dublin, returns from a funeral on Christmas Eve with Mark, a 20-year-old who has helped out that day. John tells his sad history about how he has destroyed much of his life and damaged his family, through drink. Mary, John's grown daughter, who hasn't seen her father in 10 years, arrives to tell him that her mother, his long-estranged wife, is dying.


Dublin Carol was produced by the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago, Illinois, from November 6, 2008 to January 4, 2009. The cast starred William Petersen (John), Nicole Wiesner (Mary) and Stephen Louis Grush (Mark), and was directed by Amy Morton.[1][2]

The play was produced in London at the Royal Court Theatre Jerwood Theatre Downstairs from February 2000 to March 18, 2000. Directed by Ian Rickson, the cast starred Brian Cox (John Plunkett), Bronagh Gallagher (Mary) and Andrew Scott (Mark).[3]

Dublin Carol opened Off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company running from February 20, 2003 to April 6, 2003. The play was directed by Conor McPherson with the cast that starred Keith Nobbs, Jim Norton and Amy Ryan.[3] The play was nominated for the 2003 Lucille Lortel Award, Best Play, and Jim Norton won the 2003 Obie Award, Performance.[4]


  1. ^ Lavey, Martha. "Letter from the Artistic Director of Steppwolf" steppenwolf.org, 2008-2009, Vol. 2
  2. ^ Dublin Carol Archived March 20, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. steppenwolf.org, accessed April 8, 2016
  3. ^ a b Loveridge, Lizzie; Sommer, Elyse. "A CurtainUp Review. 'Dublin Carol'" CurtainUp, February 23, 2000 and 2003
  4. ^ Dublin Carol lortel.org, accessed April 8, 2016