DARK VOYAGER by John Misto
Director: Anna Crawford; Designer: Anna Gardiner; Lighting Designer: Matthew Marshall
With Eric Beecroft, Jeanette Cronin, Belinda Giblin, Lizzie Mitchell, & Kate Raison
Hollywood, 1962. Bette Davis (Jeanette Cronin) and Joan Crawford (Kate Raison) are at war – their careers are on the skids, they are aging rapidly, and they are locked in a titanic struggle for top-billing on their latest movie. When America’s most feared columnist, Hedda Hopper (Belinda Giblin), invites them to supper, they call an uneasy truce. However the evening turns chaotic when an unexpected guest arrives – a very young and very drunk Marilyn Monroe (Lizzie Mitchell). Will old age and treachery defeat youth and courage? Or is there more to Marilyn than anyone could have guessed? From the writer of such hits as The Shoe-Horn Sonata and Harp on the Willow comes a sparkling new comedy inspired by real events, as biting and crisp as a dry martini.
Director Anna Crawford (Great Falls, Seminar, Becky Shaw, My Wonderful Day, A Year With Frog and Toad) has assembled a wonderful cast for this World Premiere production. Jeanette Cronin (Bette Davis) has a regular role in the current ABC TV series Janet King, and recently appeared on television in Crownies and Rake. Her stage credits include The Boys, Bug and Quack for Griffin Theatre, The Taming Of The Shrew for Bell Shakespeare, A Dolls House for STC, The Women Of Troy for Belvoir and Reasonable Doubt for the New York International Fringe Festival. Belinda Giblin (Hedda Hopper) has had a distinguished career in film, TV and on stage over four decades. Earlier this year she appeared in John Misto’s The Shoe-Horn Sonata at Parramatta Riverside, reprising the role she played originally for Railway St. Theatre, which toured nationally in 2005 and again in 2007. Other theatre credits include Absurd Person Singular and Noises Off for Ensemble, Away for STC, Love Child, Dinner and Wicked Sisters for Griffin plus national tours of Steaming and The Vagina Monologues. Early career highlights include regular roles on the TV series Skyways, Sons and Daughters, The Sullivans and The Box. Lizzie Mitchell (Marilyn Monroe) has previously appeared at Ensemble in Neighbourhood Watch and two seasons of the children’s musical A Year With Frog and Toad. Other theatre credits include Bedroom Farce for Darlinghurst Theatre and Karaoke the Musical for Highlight Entertainment. Kate Raison (Joan Crawford) has had a long association with Ensemble Theatre appearing in more than 20 productions over the last 30 years, most recently The Gingerbread Lady, At Any Cost, Ninety, Let The Sunshine and Mary Stuart. Her television roles include the current Channel 10 series Wonderland, and she enjoyed many years playing ongoing roles in All Saints, E Street and A Country Practice. Eric Beecroft (Skip) is a WAAPA graduate and has appeared at Ensemble Theatre in The Glass Menagerie. Other theatre credits include Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet for Sport For Jove, The Will for Abercrombie St Theatre . He also appeared in the film Red.
“Misto’s writing gifts are so enormous as to be daunting” Sydney Morning Herald (for Gossamer)
“It is truly a masterpiece by a sensitive and intuitive Australian playwright” The Daily Telegraph (for The Shoe-Horn Sonata)
“John Misto’s playwriting combines an acutely sensitive humanity with an imagination that’s out of the ordinary and a mischievous sense of humour.” The Sun Herald (for The Shoe-Horn Sonata)
SEASON DETAILS: DARK VOYAGER
VENUE: Ensemble Theatre, 78 McDougall Street, Kirribilli, NSW, 2061
DATES: Previews from 24 July 2014, opening night Wed 30 July, 2014, playing to Sat 30 August, 2014.
PRICES: $25 – $69 (booking charges may apply) School groups $25 per student (one teacher free per 12 students)
PERFORMANCE TIMES: Tues 7.30pm, Wed – Fri 8.15pm, Sat 4.30pm & 8.15pm, Sun 5pm. Some Tues and Thurs 11am.
RUNNING TIME: Approx 2 hrs 20 mins including interval