The Reginald Theatre, downstairs at the Seymour Centre, has launched its 2015 season. With new resident company the indie juggernaut Sport for Jove, new shows from Squabbalogic, and a compelling production from Melbourne’s Red Stitch, it’s going to be a season with bite!
Grounded: 1 – 16 May
When Red Stitch’s production of this tense one-woman show opened in Melbourne, our Anne-Marie Peard urged readers to see Grounded “for Kate Cole’s performance or for the writing or to be reminded how theatre can creep into your heart with a mixture of hurt and happiness that makes you feel a little bit more alive.” The play, about a woman in an air-conditioned trailer in Las Vegas flying remote-controlled drones, will soon be taken on by Anne Hathaway in New York, but our money is on this local production, and Kate Cole, all the way. A must-see.
Triassic Parq: 17 June – 4 July
This previously announced musical, part of Squabbalogic’s 2014/15 season, is based on THAT dinosaur movie (the one the name sounds like), only it’s told from the dinosaur perspective. No, seriously. With music by Marshall Paillet, and lyrics and book by Paillet, Bryce Norbitz and Steve Wargo, this is a unique comedy that will be performed by a cast including three of Sydney’s musical theatre best: Keira Daley ([title of show], A New Brain), Blake Erickson ( A New Brain, Sondheim on Sondheim) and Rob Johnson (Man of La Mancha, Sondheim on Sondheim).
Of Mice and Men: 9 – 25 July
The Reginald welcomes Sport for Jove – an indie theatre phenomenon, at this point, with a pile of awards and accolades – as a resident company in 2015, as they continue expanding their repertoire beyond just Shakespeare. This great American work will be directed by an Australian with particular flair for shows in this vein, Iain Sinclair, and star Andrew Henry (Howie the Rookie) and Anthony Gooley (All My Sons).
Edward II: 1 – 17 October
It’s still not Shakespeare, but Christopher Marlowe is less than a hop-skip-and-jump away from the Bard, so this classic is a good move for Sport for Jove in their second Reginald show for 2015. Edward II is a classic tragic masterpiece, a King and his undoing. Directed by Terry Karabelas (The Comedy of Errors), it’s a chance to experience one of the earliest English history plays.
Grey Gardens: 18 November – 12 December
It’s a newly announced Squabbalogic show! The indie musical darlings of Sydney move to strength to strength in their boutique wheelhouse, and Grey Gardens is another example of Squabbalogic’s offbeat, encouraging programming. With music by Scott Frankel, lyrics by Michael Korie, and a book by Doug Wright, this musical take on arguably one of the most fascinating, funny and sad documentaries and human stories of all time – former socialite Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter, Little Edie – is an unforgettable journey.
For more information on the Reginald season, each of these shows, and for tickets, visit http://www.seymourcentre.com/the-reginald-season-2015/.