Theatre Works launched its next season tonight after the success of its Midsumma season. As a little treat, Daniel Schlusser and his ensemble, having been developing The Master and Margarita at Theatre Works for the past couple of weeks, presented a wicked and wildly impromptu open-rehearsal-showing of the work based on the now characteristic Schlusser language. If this is indicative of what is to come in the next season, we can begin to get very excited.
New creative producer Daniel Clarke announced a boldly honed series of works from some of the most enthralling independent theatre artists, beginning with MKA’s double bill of Hose and Tinkertown and NIDA’s double bill of Solo Voyages. Paul Malek will direct Collide, a dance project of Contemporary, Hip Hop and Breakdance, while the Shift Theatre, in association with Theatre Works, will present The Girls in Grey by Carolyn Bock and Helen Hopkins. Adena Jacobs will direct Karen Sibbing and Meredith Penman in a new work based on the Ingmar Bergman film Persona. Square Peg Productions in conjunction with Sassy Red Productions will present Reasons to be Pretty by Neil LaBute, and to wrap up, Alister Smith (directing Hose) will direct Himmelweg, based on the true story at the Theresinstadt concentration camp of a fake village created by the Nazis to fool the world.
The ever-vivaciously attired Bryce Ives will be working on a musical based on Australia’s darling culinary mistress Margaret Fulton as part of the next Theatre Works season.
…and Mem Penman, who will be playing the role of Elisabet Vogler, (played by Liv Ullmann) who only speaks fourteen words in Ingmar Bergman’s cinematic masterpiece Persona, in this stage version. For tonight’s occasion, this starlet has opted for a bit of old school elegant glamour.