“My wife takes pills and I drink. That’s the bargain we’ve struck.”
In the scorching heat of an Oklahoma summer, the Weston family has come together due to the disappearance of their patriarch, a world-class poet and alcoholic.
Violet, the matriarch, is depressed, addicted to pain-killers, and ruthlessly honest in her opinions. Her three daughters harbour problematic lovers and deep secrets. Violet’s younger sister, Mattie Fae, and her family are well-versed in the Weston’s particular art of cruelty, while her teenage grand-daughter is wise beyond her years, the result of living among these warring adults. Observing the chaos is the young, recently-employed housekeeper, a newcomer to this battlefield.
As the temperature soars, so do the familial tensions, boiling over in vicious point-scoring and score-settling to sensationally entertaining effect.
This insightful and compassionate study of a family in meltdown is both dense and deeply funny, a brilliant example of the best of contemporary American drama and a theatrical juggernaut of epic proportions.
Winner: 2008 Tony Award for Best Play
Winner: 2008 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play
Winner: 2008 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play
Winner: 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
“The most exciting new American play Broadway has seen in years” The New York Times
Cast: Adrian Adam, James Bean, Kirra Farquharson, Peter Flett,
Jake Fryer-Hornsby, Brett Heath, Lynden Jones, Sonya Kerr,
Alice Livingstone, Amy Scott-Smith, Helen Stuart, Emilia Stubbs Grigoriou and Emily Weare
Director: Louise Fischer
Set Designer: Patrick Howe
Lighting Designer: Michael Schell
Costume Designer: Sallyanne Facer
Sound Designer: David Cashman
Assistant Director: Alex Bryant-Smith
Dialect Coach: Will Reilly
Production Manager: Rosane McNamara
Stage Manager: Christopher Starnawski
ASMs: Sai Kasivajjula, Harriet Snaith
Operator: Lexie Dent
6 June - 7 July
Previews Wed 6 June and Thu 7 June 7:30pm
Opening NIght Fri 8 June 7:30pm
Thu - Sat 7:30pm
Final performances Sat 7 July 2pm
$30 concessions, groups (6+)
$22 New Theatre Members
$20 previews, Thrifty Thursdays
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