Q44 Theatre is thrilled to announce its first production for 2016, the Australian debut of SISTER CITIES by Colette Freedman.
Four estranged sisters, each fathered by a different man, are reunited following the sudden death of their Mother. With witty dialogue and surprising plot twists this is a powerful and entertaining black comedy that captures the complexity of modern family life.
After captivating audiences around the world, and with a film adaptation starring Jacki Weaver on the way, this will be the first time this piece has been performed in Australia.
Director Suzanne Heywood says the play’s strength is its identifiable characters, each with complex views on a controversial subject. “The mother, Mary, is suffering from ALS (Motor Neurone Disease) and knows death is simply a matter of when, so she decides to take control of the situation and end her life. We meet her daughters after the death and they are characters that everyone in the audience can identify with. When you establish that connection you really empathise with the positions they take on this issue and you’re engaged by the drama that follows.”
For Suzanne the true theme of the play is that of moral certainty, “That is what’s challenged through out the course of the play, that there are no moral certainties, that everything is fluid and dependent on circumstance.”
Colette Freedman is an internationally produced playwright, screenwriter, and novelist who was named one of the Dramatist Guild’s “50 to Watch”. Colette has authored over twenty five produced plays. SISTER CITIES was a hit at the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe festival where it earned five star reviews.
Suzanne Heywood is an industry veteran who has worked in theatre, film and television as a dialogue/dialect and acting coach for over twenty years. Her most recent production for Melbourne Theatre Company was BUYER AND CELLAR. She is currently working on the hit musical GEORGY GIRL and the return season of the Malthouse production of THE SHADOW KING for its London season.
She has coached many of our leading actors including Hugh Jackman, Jacki Weaver, Lisa McCune, Claudia Karvan and international stars Charlotte Rampling, Gabriel Byrne and Sophie Okonedo. In 2014 she directed the debut production at Q44 Theatre, DOLORES by Edward Allan Baker.
Written by Colette Freedman
Directed by Suzanne Heywood
Cast: Suzanne Heywood as MARY, Gabriella Rose-Carter as CAROLINA, Nicole Melloy as AUSTIN, Sarah Nicolazzo as DALLAS, Annalisa Lucca as BALTIMORE.
Venue: Q44 Theatre, Level 1, 550 Swan St, Richmond
Previews: March 14th, 15th
Opening Night: Wednesday March 16th
Season Ends: Sunday April 3rd
No Shows March 21st, 22nd, 27th, 28th