Cousens to star in The Paris Letter for Mardi Gras 2012

The Paris Letter
The Paris Letter. Image by Blueprint Studios

Darlinhurst Theatre Company will host the Australian Premiere of The Paris Letter, a gripping play penned by Jon Robin Baitz, creator and producer of hit TV show Brothers and Sisters, for the 2012 Mardi Gras Festival.

Starring Peter Cousens, Susie Lindeman and Nicholas Papademetriou alongside two rising stars, Caleb Alloway and Damian Sommerlad, The Paris Letter will take audiences on a journey in time and explore attitudes to sexuality in a thrilling tale of trust, friendship and betrayal from 24 February.

Director, Stephen Colyer (No Way to Treat a Lady, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Hello Again) says, “I am delighted to be directing the Australian premiere of such a beautifully crafted play, a gripping thriller and a modern day classic.”

Opening with a bang, literally, The Paris Letter traces the changing attitudes to sexuality over time, from New York in the sixties to present day Paris.

Two men’s lives are interwoven in this complex and lethal affair between a young male associate and powerful businessman Sandy Sonenberg. After facing a lifetime of buried desires, Sandy’s life thrown into turmoil and his affair threatens to destroy all he has fought to build.

Jon Robin Baitz, award-winning author of the play and later film, The Substance of Fire and current Broadway triumph, Other Desert Cities is recognised as one of America’s foremost contemporary playwrights.

Caleb Alloway (Canary, Underbelly Razor)
Peter Cousens (The Convict’s Opera, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables)
Susie Lindeman (Howard’s End, Razzle Dazzle)
Nicholas Papademetriou (The Violet Hour, Abigail’s Party)
Damian Sommerlad (The Farnsworth Invention, Canary)


Venue: Darlinghurst Theatre Company, 19 Greenknowe Ave Potts Point
Dates: 24 February – 25 March 2012

Performances Tuesday – Saturday at 8pm, Sundays at 5pm (NO SHOW 3 March)
Matinees Saturday 17 & 24 March 2012 at 3pm
Tickets Preview $28, Adult $38, Mardi Gras members $33, Concession $33, Senior $33, Groups 10+ $33 (plus BF)
(02) 8556 9987 or box office from 6pm Tues – Sun
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Erin James

Erin James is's former Editor in Chief and a performer on both stage and screen. Credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific and The King and I (Opera Australia), Love Never Dies and Cats (Really Useful Group), Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), A Place To Call Home (Foxtel/Channel 7) and the feature film The Little Death (written and directed by Josh Lawson).

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