BROTHERLY LOVE THIS AIN’T.
The team behind two sell-out seasons of the three-time Matilda Award nominated Sex With Strangers bring their next must-see theatre event TRUE WEST to Brisbane Powerhouse from 17th August 2016 for a strictly limited season.
Written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Sam Shepard, this play embodies his own experiences of growing up on the border of the Mojave Desert, where alcoholism ran deep and the women were tough.
This modern masterpiece is a physical and psychological showdown of sibling rivalry played out in two hours of the most gripping theatre you’ll see this year.
Director Marcel Dorney (co-writer of La Boite’s most recent success The Tragedy of King Richard III and one of Queensland Theatre Company’s National Artistic Team) has recreated a heady combination of desert heat, supressed rage and unspoken regret in a work that has previously starred award-winning talent including Phillip Seymour Hoffman, John Malkovich and David Wenham.
Brisbane’s Lord Mayor’s Young and Emerging Artist winner Thomas Larkin returns to the Visy Theatre as the desert drifter Lee and Julian Curtis plays his clean-cut academic brother Austin. It is one hell of a reunion, with Queensland’s darling of theatre Christen O’Leary joining the lads as their Mother, in her most adventurous role to date.
Set Designer Genevieve Ganner (Heavenly Bodies and Tiptoe) leads a stellar creative team, including Jason Glenwright (Lighting Designer) and Dane Alexander (Sound Designer) from the acclaimed Sex With Strangers team who between them, have worked with every major and independent theatre company in Queensland and have received numerous accolades both locally and nationally.
Sex With Strangers was described as “one of the most thrilling events on Brisbane stages” and TRUE WEST promises to be no different; it is a remarkable play in its achievement of being equally hilarious and deeply unsettling. Tickets are on sale via brisbanepowerhouse.org or call 07 3358 8600.
This show will be a great example of the brilliance that can be achieved by the independent sector in Brisbane.
Kris Stewart, Artistic Director, Brisbane Powerhouse
Beer and toast and sweat and eggs…it’s all there.
David Wenham, ‘Lee’, Melbourne Theatre Company production, 2002
A bare-knuckle brawl between old myths and new illusions, civilisation and savagery, creativity and commerce, played out in sibling strife of nerve-jangling violence.
I like roles where there is something about the character that is so debilitating that they can’t seem to function at all—and the problem is not alcohol or drugs or sex. It’s just them.
Philip Seymour Hoffman, ‘Lee’/’Austin’, Broadway production, 2000
View a taste of TRUE WEST here
Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse, Troy Armstrong Management, Thomas Larkin and Annette Box.
17th – 28th August 2016
$55 (full), $50 (concession), $46 (student), $46 (groups 6+), $35 (preview)
brisbanepowerhouse.org OR 07 3358 8600