Full Length Play
Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day
Settings Of Play - The recent past. Cliffhorn Heads, and island in the west of Ireland; a cottage there, a graveyard. And Liverpool; a flat, a ladies club. The terrible beauty of a remote Irish island.The set is not as important as the illusion of a set. As long as the action is allowed to flow across the stage, scenes can have natural movement. As long as the lighting of the stage is not spiritless, the set can change and the actors will be given a fair chance to perform the play.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Play w/ Music
Cutting Approved for Competition, Monologues, Scene work, Competition or audition material
Interior Set, Exterior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Alcohol, Mild Adult Themes
Appropriate for all audiences, Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Winner! Los Angeles Drama Critics' Circle Award, Best Play
Winner! Canadian National Regional Theatre Award
This is the touching story of a fisherman living on a remote Irish island who has fallen in love with a woman he's glimpsed only once. Unschooled in letter writing, he tries his utmost to court by mail and after a year and a half succeeds in arranging a rendezvous at which, to his surprise, she persuades him to live with her in Liverpool. Their love affair ends when he is forced to return to a life he understands.
From the author: "If this play is about anything, it might be about knowing our place. Especially in liquid times, when we can easily flow wherever, and seemingly become whatever. To hold a way of life, something secretly treasured, maybe without knowing it, has become and obsolete idea, now called stagnation. But being mobile, trading up, "bettering yourself" is a respectable life's work, while other, simpler concerns are postponed."
“High Marks for Sea Marks” – Walter Kerr, THE New York Times
“Utterly Winning” – New York Magazine
“Funny, Touching, Well Crafted” – The Associated Press
"[Sea Marks] stands apart not just for its two strong performances but for the sheer beauty of its language... McKay...writes with what seems like a deep understanding of Irish culture and of the men and women who populate some of its lonely shores." - TheatreMania
“Unabashedly Romantic. A first Rate Production.” -Newsday
"A masterpiece." - Tribune, Worcester, Mass.
"There's abundant humor, surprisingly honest humor, that grows between two...people who love each other but whose lives simply cannot be fused...It could easily last forever in actors' classrooms and audition studios." - The New Yorker
"Deserves the fame it has achieved in regional theaters around the country." - Albany Times Union
Sea Marks was first presented by Dana Matthow and Debroah Matthow at The Players Theatre, New York City. It was directed by John Stix. The play has subsequently been produced in New York City in Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions; as well as the Eisenhower Theatre, Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; productions throughout the United States and Canada, and Europe. The play was also presented in 1993 at the Edinburgh Festival.