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.

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.

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2015 OLD FITZ THEATRE MAIN STAGE SEASON – PART 2

MEN
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)
Times: Tues – Sat 7:30pm, Sun 5pm 

BLONDE POISON
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)
Times: Tues – Sat 7:30pm, Sun 5pm 

THE ALIENS
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)
Times: Tues – Sat 7:30pm, Sun 5pm 

A STEADY RAIN
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)
Times: Tues – Sat 7:30pm, Sun 5pm 

DEAD CENTRE/SEA WALL
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)
Times: Tues – Sat 7:30pm, Sun 5pm 

I AM MY OWN WIFE
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)
Times: Tues – Sat 7:30pm, Sun 5pm 

DROPPED
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)
Times: Tues – Sat 7:30pm, Sun 5pm 

 

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