Ted Hoerl and Joseph Stearns in The Weir, directed by Christopher Prentice.

The Weir


Set in a pub in rural Ireland, The Weir focuses on the bar’s regulars and a young Dublin woman newly moved to the area. As the bachelors swap ghostly stories to impress her, she astonishes them with a chilling tale of her own. Both haunting and funny, this eerie play demonstrates the transcendent quality of community and appreciation, and the vital need for acceptance.

Chris’s production for Signal Ensemble Theatre was nominated for three Jeff awards—for Supporting Actress – Play (Melanie Keller), Scenic Design (Melania Lancy), and the coveted Outstanding Ensemble.


Prentice and his talented cast make magic … So convincing is this well-acted, well-paced production, you might find yourself tempted to order a pint and join in the conversation

-Daily Herald

★★★★ Prentice has assembled an above-average cast and credibly created the dynamic of guys who have known each other literally all their lives.… by the end of the evening we want nothing more than a pint of Guinness and the company of friends. That’s exactly the response this stirring production should provide.

-Time Out Chicago

Christopher Prentice skillfully shepherds an impressive cast

-Time Out Chicago


2007 Joseph Jefferson Citation Award Nominations:

  • Ensemble
  • Supporting Actress – Play: Melanie Keller
  • Scenic Design: Melania Lancy
Cast & Creative


Ted Hoerl
Melanie Keller
Vincent P. Mahler
Joseph Stearns
John Zinn


Christopher Prentice
Melania Lancy
Scenic Design
Laura M. Dana
Costume Design
Julie E. Ballard
Lighting Design
Anthony Ingram
Sound Design
Devon MacGregor & Sarah Elizabeth M.
Props Design
Stephanie Ehemann
Stage Manager

  • The Weir
  • By Conor McPherson
  • Directed by Christopher Prentice
  • With Ted Hoerl, Melanie Keller, Vincent P. Mahler, Joseph Stearns, and John Zinn
  • Signal Ensemble Theatre
  • 2007