Old Fitz Theatre main stage season announced

The Artistic Directors of Red Line Productions, Sean Hawkins, Andrew Henry and Vanessa Wright, have announced the second six months of programming for their 2015 Main Stage season. Seven main stage plays have been announced, with ten late night shows to be announced in coming weeks.

The Main Stage season kicks off with Men by Brendan Cowell starring Ben O’Toole (Freak Winds) and Sean Hawkins (Sydney Theatre Award winner for Howie The Rookie). Two Sydney premieres will be presented back to back – Blonde Poison by Gail Louw starring Belinda Giblin and directed by Jennifer Hagan, followed by the Obie Award winning The Aliens by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Annie Baker. The Old Fitz will then take audiences to the streets of Chicago with Keith Huff’s lauded A Steady Rain starring Justin Stewart Cotta and Nick Barkla. In an exciting cross-continental partnering with Red Stitch Actors Theatre in Melbourne, a double bill will be presented – Dead Centre by Tom Holloway and Sea Wall by Simon Stephens. Newly formed Oriel Group will present the 2004 Pulitzer Prize-winning one-man play I Am My Own Wife with Ben Gerrard in the tour de force role. The season concludes with The Goods Theatre Company presenting Dropped by Katy Warner starring Olivia Rose and Melita Jurisic.

Three late shows have also been announced – Flame Peas by Nicole Shostak and Philippe Klaus, Eggs and Bacon written and directed by former head of acting at WAAPA Chris Edmund, and the Australian premiere of the Chicago police thriller A Girl With The Sun in Her Eyes by Joshua Rollins which will be directed by Co-Artistic Director of Red Line Productions, Andrew Henry.

“The response to the work we are doing at the Old Fitz in the short time we have been here has been overwhelming,” said Andrew Henry, Co-Artistic Director of Red Line Productions. “Today we are thrilled to be announcing these seven Main Stage shows that are all created by inspiring and passionate artists. We have six producing teams working with us in this half of the year, all bringing productions that vary in genre, scale and exposure. The Main Stage shows will of course be joined by an extremely exciting lineup of late shows which we will be announcing in the coming weeks.”

Old Fitz Theatre
129 Dowling St
Woolloomoolo NSW 2011

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Tues – Sat 7:30pm, Sun 5pm

By Brendan Cowell
Produced by Red Line Productions
With Ben O’Toole and Sean Hawkins
June 30 – July 25

Three men. One woman. One hour. As time ticks to a close the best and the worst of these three males comes blaring out under the watch of their mother figure. Who will win? Who will survive? Who will prevail as man? Men is Brendan Cowell’s first play and premiered at the Old Fitz in 2000. A nerve-bending exposé of what it is to be a guy, with a twist that will leave you breathless.

Ticket prices: $35 Adult, $29 Concession, $24 Previews and Cheap Tuesday (all tickets include $2 booking fee)


By Gail Louw
Produced by Strange Duck Productions in association with Red Line Productions
Starring Belinda Giblin
Directed by Jennifer Hagan
July 28 – August 15

Stella Goldschlag was living illegally in war-torn Berlin when she was betrayed and tortured. When offered the chance of saving herself and her parents from the death camps, she agreed to be a ‘Greifer’ for the Gestapo and inform them of Jews in hiding. She was extraordinarily successful in this and her activities increased after her parents had finally been deported. The vast dimensions of Stella’s character range from tortured victim to cruel killer, from loving daughter to betrayer of friends, from gentle lover to depraved promiscuity. She was given the name ‘Blonde Poison’ by the Gestapo who revelled in her treachery. Decades after the war Stella agrees to be interviewed by a well-respected journalist – her last chance for redemption. Can she ever be released from her past?

Ticket prices: $40 Adult, $35 Concession, $30 Previews and Cheap Tuesday (all tickets include $2 booking fee)

By Annie Baker
Produced by Outhouse Theatre Company in association with Red Line Productions
August 25 – September 19

In the grubby backyard of a coffee shop in small-town Vermont, two professional slackers discuss music, the poetry of Charles Bukowski and ex-girlfriends. And sing songs. When a lonely high school student arrives on the scene, they decide to teach him everything they know. A play with music. And shrooms. Written by Annie Baker, the most acclaimed young American playwright to emerge in recent years, The Aliens is a moving reflection on friendship, art, life and death. Awarded an Obie (Off Broadway) Award for Best New American Play, Sydney audiences now have the chance to experience this fresh, deeply funny work that The New York Times called, “an extraordinarily beautiful new play”.

Ticket prices: $35 Adult, $29 Concession, $24 Previews and Cheap Tuesday (all tickets include $2 booking fee)

By Keith Huff
Starring Justin Stewart Cotta and Nick Barkla
Directed by Adam Cook
Produced by Justin Stewart Cotta and Nick Barkla in association with Red Line Productions

September 22 – October 17

A dark duologue filled with sharp storytelling and biting repartee, A Steady Rain explores the complexities of a lifelong bond tainted by domestic affairs, violence, and the rough streets of Chicago. Joey and Denny have been best friends since kindergarten, and after working together for several years as policemen, they are practically family: Joey helps out with Denny’s wife and kids; Denny keeps Joey away from the bottle. But when a domestic disturbance call takes a turn for the worse, their friendship is put on the line. The result is a harrowing journey into a moral grey area where trust and loyalty struggle for survival against a sobering backdrop of pimps, prostitutes, and criminal lowlifes.

Ticket prices: $35 Adult, $29 Concession, $24 Previews and Cheap Tuesday (all tickets include $2 booking fee)

By Tom Holloway and Simon Stephens
Produced by Red Stitch Actors Theatre and Red Line Productions
Directed by Julian Meyrick

October 20 – November 14

Combining the talents of two established writers, Red Stitch Actors Theatre and Red Line Productions bring you an award-winning and highly-lauded piece of UK writing with Sea Wall and a world premiere of Dead Centre by the hugely successful Australian writer Tom Holloway in a specially commissioned work.

A man and a woman have been torn apart by a tragic loss; he lives in the UK, she lives in Australia. Bound together by their shared pain but living thousands of miles apart, Dead Centre/Sea Wall explores the lives of these two seemingly unconnected people in unexpected and heart-rending ways. In Sea Wall we are introduced to Alex. His story begins full of clear light and smiles, as he speaks about his wife, visiting her father in the South of France, having a daughter, photography, and the bottom of the sea. But his contentment falls away into deep and heart-breaking grief, crumbling to pieces with a striking vividness. In Dead Centre, a woman going through a period of emotional anguish decides to pack her bags and leave Britain and its sorrows behind. Inspired by a Fosters ad that seems to follow her on one particularly sad Tuesday; she books a flight and heads for sunny Australia to escape from her troubles in the hope of starting again

Ticket prices: $35 Adult, $29 Concession, $24 Previews and Cheap Tuesday (all tickets include $2 booking fee)

By Doug Wright
Starring Ben Gerrard
Directed by Shaun Rennie
Produced by Oriel Group in association with Red Line Productions

November 17 – December 6

Based on a true story, and inspired by interviews conducted by the playwright over several years, I Am My Own Wife tells the fascinating tale of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a real-life German transvestite who managed to survive both the Nazi onslaught and the repressive East German Communist regime. I Am My Own Wife is the winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize and a 2004 Tony Award.

Ticket prices: $35 Adult, $29 Concession, $24 Previews and Cheap Tuesday (all tickets include $2 booking fee)

By Katy Warner
Produced by The Goods Theatre Company in association with Red Line Productions
With Olivia Rose and Melita Jurisic
Directed by Anthony Skuse

December 8 – December 20

Dropped is a darkly comic two-hander by award-winning playwright Katy Warner, in which military traditions blend with broken hearts and just a hint of Beckett. Set in a room that is filling with snow, two women soldiers sift through the debris to find a sense of themselves amongst the memories and lies, pop-culture references and stereotypes. They have been told to protect the base but it’s been so quiet for so long and the vodka has run out, the radio is broken and the baby won’t stop crying.

Ticket prices: $35 Adult, $29 Concession, $24 Previews and Cheap Tuesday (all tickets include $2 booking fee)


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