WHY TORTURE IS WRONG, AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM

BY CHRISTOPHER DURANG
Directed by Melita Rowston

3 – 28 JUNE 2014

AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

durang-web  “Enough with men needing to kill and blow things up all the time!”

Felicity wakes up after a drunken blackout to find she’s married to a sexist, violent loser who calls himself Zamir, claims to be Irish, and makes Osama bin Laden look like a moderate. Is her new husband a terrorist? Is her father’s seemingly innocuous butterfly collecting actually a front for his involvement in a shadow government?

Is her mother insane or just a harmless, if obsessive, theatre buff?  And what’s with the minister who directs porno and the government operative with malfunctioning underwear?  Felicity’s world is plunging into crisis and Homeland Security never looked so insecure.

This provocative and riotous examination of the ‘War on Terror’ era in the United States, with its twisted logic and the resulting cults of violence and paranoia, zeroes in on private terrors and preoccupations with biting black humour.  Christopher Durang is a social satirist in the great tradition of Aristophanes and Jonathan Swift and Dario Fo and this is one of his funniest plays. PHOTOS PRESS 

“Comedic napalm … unnervingly true and cathartic” Variety

CREATIVE TEAM & CREW

Director Melita Rowston
Co-Set Designer Sasha Perri 
Co-Set Designer Clarisse Ambroselli
Costume Designer Virag Dozsa
Lighting Designer Richard Whitehouse
Composer Regan Van Veen
Production Manager Jo Jewitt
Stage Manager Tom Massey
Assistant Stage Manager Hyemin Jenny Kim
Voice Coach Helen Tonkin
Production Assistant Suzie West

CAST

Peter Astridge, Romy Bartz, Ryan Gibson, Terry Karabelas, Alice Livingstone, Ainslie McGlynn, Annie Schofield

TIMES 

Previews Tue 3 & Wed 4 Jun 7:30pm Thu – Sat 7:30pm, Sun 5pm Final performance, Sat 28 Jun 5pm

Please note: Thu 19 Jun, 7:30pm performance has been cancelled. We are now offering $17 tickets on Fri 20 Jun instead. When booking your tickets, please enter the promo code FRIDAYIf you have already purchased a ticket for this performance, please contact us on 9519 3403

TICKETS

Full $32 | Concession $27 | Groups (10+) $27 | Members $22 | Previews $17 | Student Rush $17 | Thrifty Thursdays $17

PRODUCTION PARTNER

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