Thursday, April 29th, 2010

KANSAS-born Nat Martin has come to Perth to star in the southern American comedy Second Samuel, written by Pulitzer Prize nominee Pamela Parker, from the end of April.

Opening at the Subiaco Arts Centre on April 29, Martin is reprising his role as Ulysses Simpson – known as “US” – a character he has played since 1987 across the United States on national and regional tours.

With credits including In The Heat of the Night on television and Camelot, Little Shop of Horrors, Ragtime the Musical, A Lesson Before Dying and Driving Miss Daisy, the Perth season of Second Samuel is his first overseas tour.

“Plugging into a show with new performers, in a new space and in another country will be a fun and exciting challenge,” he said.

Presented by Playlovers and directed by Susan Hayward, Second Samuel is set in a sleepy, 1940s rural town where the population is preparing for a funeral – but when dark secrets are suddenly revealed, it becomes a summer no one will forget.

Using a blend of charm, wit and humour, the play is a journey of discovery with the message that it is okay to be different.

Atlanta playwright Pamela Parker, nominated twice for the Pulitzer, approached well-known Perth director Susan Hayward through internet theatre forums and, after great discussion, logistical planning to secure actor Nat Martin, the 2010 production was born.

Making her way to Perth for the season, Parker’s Second Samuel sold out every performance at South Carolina’s Spoleto International Arts Festival, has been off Broadway, was produced at Virginia’s historic Barter Theatre and was named best original script by the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Director Susan Hayward, responsible for The Vagina Monologues, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The One Day of the Year and Round and Round the Garden in the past few years, describes Second Samuel as “a delightfully quirky story”.

“Nat Martin is well-known enough and recognised to have been invited to Obama's inauguration so for him to come to Perth to reprise a role he has played all over the US and work with me is mind-blowing,” she said.

“I always do my best to honour the playwright's intentions in whatever play I do – and with Second Samuel, I have a massive responsibility.

“Not because the playwright will be here but there are so many threads to the story, so many nuances and so many ways to do it. It would be easy to just play it as a comedy but it is so much more.”

Along with an outstanding Perth cast lineup and original music written and composed by Tommy Thompson, Second Samuel will perform an exclusive season at the Subiaco Arts Centre from April 29 to May 8.

Bookings through BOCS Ticketing om (08) 9484 1133 or

Venue: Subiaco Arts Centre, 180 Hamersley Rd, Subiaco, WA.

Performance Dates: April 29, 30, May 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Time: All shows start @ 8pm, *plus May 1 and 8 @ 2pm

Tickets: $35 Full, $30 Concession.

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