A Thought in Three Parts (1976)
Fri 19 June, 4pm
Offering an unusual exploration of sex and desire, A Thought in Three Parts consists of Summer Evening, in which a young couple try to express their sexual feelings amidst the savagery of small talk; The Youth Hostel concerning five young travellers who can not resist saying or doing the first thing that comes to mind; and Mr Frivolous, in which a man eating his breakfast delivers a brief, dreamy monologue to a lost lover.
Director Caryl Churchill
Cast includes (subject to availability) Nicholas Burns, Christian Contreras, Stephen Dillane, Andrew Garfield, Daisy Lewis, Emily McDonnell, Rory Kinnear, Katherine Parkinson
Marie and Bruce (1978)
Thu 25 June, 4pm
Marie wants to leave Bruce. But when she confronts him, he goes limp. Sophisticated and highly original, this is a frank, comedic study of confusion and pain in a modern marriage.
Director Patsy Rodenberg
Cast includes Kelly Burke, Christian Contreras, Buffy Davis, Sarah Goldberg, Alexander Guiney, Derek Hagen, Josh Hamilton, Meredith Macneill, Ryan McCluskey, Martin McDougall, Colin Stinton, Lauren Swann, Jennifer Tilly, Harry Waller, and Nigel Whitmey
The Designated Mourner (1997)
Fri 26 June, 3pm
Howard and his daughter Judy are people of privilege at odds with their country’s right-wing regime. Judy’s husband Jack is shallow but amusing. As the regime becomes increasingly likely to try and silence even relatively quiet dissenters, the choices they make about how to live their lives become both grimly personal and unexpectedly entangled with questions of survival.
Director Andre Gregory
Cast includes Wallace Shawn, Deborah Eisenberg, and Larry Pine
Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
Tickets £8, £6 concs
The Hotel Play (1970)
Fri 29 May, 4pm
A beleaguered desk clerk at a hotel in the tropics tries to placate, amuse and occasionally seduce the widely varied clientele. Comprised of a series of brief scenes, some bitingly satiric, some outlandishly bizarre, the plays raucous mood covers over the hotels essentially dark and foreboding atmosphere.
Director Joe Hill-Gibbins
Cast included Andrew Beckett, Geoffrey Beevers, Diane Borger, Bill Buckhurst, Ben Caplin, Anna Calder-Marshall, Kier Charles, Benedict Cumberbatch, Olivia Darnley, Sarah Davies, Jacqueline Defferary, Monica Dolan, Emily McDonnell, Elyse Dodgson, Amanda Drew, Deborah Eisenberg, Stephanie Fayerman, Ed Fortes, Alan Francis, Ian Gelder, Adam Gillen, Jonathan McGuiness, Alex Guiney, Jeremy Herrin, William Hope, Shane Hough, Maxwell Hutcheon, Patrick Kennedy, Isabella Laughland, Rob Laycock, Deirdre Lennon, Daisy Lewis, Alex Lowe, Charlotte Lucas, Emily Lucienne, George Mackay, Bruce Mackinnon, Benjamin Noble, Pamela Nomvete, Will Payne, Harry Peacock, Stephen Pidcock, Pearce Quigley, Ian Redford, Tariq Rifaat, Marcelo Dos Santos, Danny Sapani, Kerry Shale, Baruka O’Shaughnessy, Matt Smith, Roderick Smith, Colin Stinton, Bobby Stokes, Nicolas Tennant, John Trindle, June Watson, Harry Waller, Nigel Whitmey, Amanda Wilkin and Becky Wootton
Our Late Night (1975)
Fri 12 June, 4pm
Seven people negotiate the minefield of dating and mating at a party in which they talk at one another, over one another, and around one another until language becomes less a means of communication than a weapon in a brutal struggle.
Director Tom Cairns
Cast included Megan Dodds, Mark Gatiss, Tom Hollander, Jenny Jules, Peter McDonald, Andrew Scott, Jennifer Tilly
My Dinner with Andre (1981)
Sat 18 April, 4pm
Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory, apparently playing themselves, share their lives over the course of an evening meal at a restaurant. Theatre director Gregory describes travelling the world in a desperate search for something beyond the confines of a bourgeois existence. Shawn wonders if Gregory is mentally disturbed and questions the value of his friends anguished struggled.
Running time 1 hr 50 mins
Vanya on 42nd Street (1994)
Sat 25 April, 4pm
An intimate, interpretive performance of the play Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov based on the English translation by David Mamet staged and filmed entirely within the vacant shell of the then-abandoned Amsterdam Theater on 42nd street in New York. Directed by Andre Gregory and Louis Malle and featuring Wallace Shawn as Vanya and Julianne Moore as Yelena, the play is enacted in rehearsal style on the bare stage with the actors in street clothes.
Running time 2 hrs
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Dates in May
|Fri 29 May 2009||4:00pm||Jerwood Theatre Downstairs|
Dates in June
|Fri 12 Jun 2009||4:00pm||Jerwood Theatre Downstairs|
|Fri 19 Jun 2009||4:00pm||Jerwood Theatre Downstairs|
|Fri 26 Jun 2009||4:00pm||Jerwood Theatre Downstairs|
|Mon 29 Jun 2009||4:00pm||Jerwood Theatre Downstairs|
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Writer and actor Wallace Shawn is a true original and I have been a fan of his work for many years. He writes plays that are politically provocative, painfully honest and frequently hilarious. I’m delighted to present revivals of his classics The Fever and Aunt Dan and Lemon and an extraordinary new play Grasses of a Thousand Colours, directed by the legendary Andre Gregory, in which Shawn plays the main character. These will be presented alongside a series of readings of his earlier work and two film screenings showcasing his skills as an actor.
— Dominic Cooke
I can’t name an American dramatist whose contemporary achievement comes anywhere near that of writing Aunt Dan and Lemon, The Fever and The Designated Mourner. Wallace Shawn is at once the US’s most profound and most overlooked playwright.
— David Hare