Artistic Director Lee Lewis is not afraid of bold programming, and this shines through in her first season for Queensland Theatre, unveiled online today. Featuring four world premieres including the much-anticipated staging of Trent Dalton’s Boy Swallows Universe, as well as a Robyn Archer special event exclusive to Queensland, the season is one of the big stories that will inspire.
Season 2021 opens on January 30 with a big cast play, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Our Town by Thornton Wilder. America’s most loved and performed play will be directed by Lee Lewis. “I think Our Town is the most beautiful play to come back to the theatre after a long time of darkness. It’s a huge story told very simply, about a beautiful group of people who live in a small country town. It’s an extraordinary reminder that it’s the small things in life that matter in the face of big tragedy,” she said. “We’re also doing it because we’re really trying to get as many artists back on the Bille Brown stage as possible next year. And this is a big play.”
From the wickedly funny pen of Australian-born, New York-based playwright, comedienne, and performer Glace Chase, Triple X is a hilarious, honest, and emotionally affecting look at entitlement, hypocrisy, and the realities of true love in the 21st century. “If there was a record between rehearsals and an official opening, Triple X may just win it, given we were about to stage the opening of this remarkable production in March this year. Then COVID-19 hit, and everything closed. So, when this opens in March next year, emotions will be high and so they should be,” said Lewis.
A trio of Australia’s finest musical artists will join Robyn to transform the Bille Brown Theatre into a cabaret stage: piano accordion virtuoso George Butrumlis, actor and multi-instrumentalist Cameron Goodall of The Audreys on guitar, and composer Enio Pozzebon on keyboards.
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