World premiere of new Australian play
Producer & Director Rivka Hartman
Dramaturg Alice Ansara Lighting Designer Mehran Mortezai
Stage Manager Martyn Wilson
Cast Elaine Hudson, Chris Orchard, Madeleine Withington, Andrew Wang
"...sharp wit and refreshing honesty." THE BUZZ FROM SYDNEY
Two of Australia’s most respected actors, ELAINE HUDSON and CHRIS ORCHARD come together to play a long-married couple in a new fast-paced comedy from GOLD AWGIE award-winning writer RIVKA HARTMAN.
CHRIS ORCHARD (Melbourne Theatre Company, extensive TV credits including E-Street, Carson’s Law and Young Doctors) plays Ben, a man desperate to connect with his evasive wife Lana, ELAINE HUDSON (Sydney Theatre Company production of ‘Streetcar Named Desire’ /telemovie star as Lindy ‘The Disappearance of Azaria Chamberlain).
Using their brilliant, beautiful daughter Gemma MADELAINE WITHINGTON as a foil, Lana and Ben use all the wit accumulated over their 40-year marriage in an effort to avoid one critical, irreconcilable issue.
GIVING UP THE GHOST is a classical farce which promises equal entertainment -- with euthanasia its serious and controversial underlying theme.
"Hartman gives the 60+ female a voice, a vibrant addition." J-WIRE
Rivka Hartman began her career as an actor and playwright at La Mama, in Melbourne in the 1970s. She was part of the inaugural year of the Screenwriting Course at the Australian Film Television and Radio School after which she worked as a film and television writer, and film director. Her plays include ‘Dream Girl’, ‘The Psychiatrist’, ‘The Trapped Projectionist’ and ‘Daughters’. And most recently, ‘After Paradise’, 'Wanting', My Mother and Other Catastrophes' and 'Let's Talk about You'. Her radio play ‘Mother Knows Best’ was broadcast on ABC radio and performed at the Sydney Carnivale.
Rivka's film credits include ‘Consolation Prize’ (finalist, Greater Union Awards), ‘A Most Attractive Man’ (AFI Award Best Short Fiction), ‘Bachelor Girl’ (telemovie broadcast on ABC) and ‘The Miniskirted Dynamo’ (Gold AWGIE winner) and most recently, co-writer and co-producer on 'The Ballad of Betty & Joe'.
The late critic and director Bob Ellis has praised Hartman’s previous plays for their “comedic sense as delightful as that of Tom Stoppard in The Real Thing.
Pop Up Theatre presents
GIVING UP THE GHOST by Rivka Hartman
8pm Wed-Fri, 2pm & 8pm Sat - 80 minutes no interval
There's also a FREE seminar on EUTHANASIA at 4pm after the 2pm matinee on 3 Nov - see here for details
17 Oct - 3 Nov 2018
$40 full | $34 conc | $30 cheap Wed & previews