World Premier of Ron Elisha Play

October 19, 2013 by Geoff Sirmai
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Sydney will host the first performance of a new play by celebrated playwright Ron Elisha.

 

Liz and Ben

Liz and Ben

Only this morning, LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON, once one of the most powerful men in Washington, was a figure of ridicule in the powerless ceremonial position of Vice President of the United States. JACQUELINE KENNEDY was the most powerful woman in the world, having single-handedly turned the office of First Lady into a position of glamour and influence. Now Lyndon is the President and Jackie is splattered with her husband’s blood.

 

As they fly back to Washington to face a shocked, grieving nation, the widow and the usurper are forced to confront their dreams, fears and regrets – as well as each other. As the 50th anniversary of the assassination approaches, this frank, funny, heartbreaking new play from award-winning Melbourne playwright Ron Elisha (In Duty Bound, Einstein, Two, Impropriety) strips away the public facades of these two extraordinary people to explore what it is inside one human being that engenders love in another.

 

Michael Dean directs two of Australian theatre’s rising stars, Lizzie Schebesta (Mrs Warren’s Profession for STC and Macbeth for Bell Shakespeare) and Ben Wood (Henry IV for Bell and  Empire for TRS) in this, Elisha’s newest and most intriguing creation.  With design by Nick Plummer, lighting by Christopher Page, sound by James Colla, Carmen Lysiack (voice coach). Produced by Suzanne Miller for Bakehouse Theatre Company.

October 24 –  November 2   TAP Gallery, 278 Palmer St, Darlinghurst

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