“My wife takes pills and I drink. That’s the bargain we’ve struck”

In the scorching heat of an Oklahoma summer, the Weston family has come together due to the disappearance of their patriarch, a world-class poet and alcoholic.

Violet, the matriarch, is depressed, addicted to pain-killers, and ruthlessly honest in her opinions. Her three daughters harbour problematic lovers and deep secrets. Violet’s younger sister, Mattie Fae and her family are well-versed in the Weston family art of cruelty, while her teenage grand-daughter is wise beyond her years, the result of living amongst these warring adults. Observing the chaos is the young, recently-employed housekeeper, a newcomer to this battlefield.

As the temperature soars, so do the familial tensions, boiling over in vicious point-scoring and score-settling to sensationally entertaining effect.

This insightful and compassionate study of a family in meltdown is both dense and deeply funny, a brilliant example of the best of contemporary American drama and a theatrical juggernaut of epic proportions.

Winner: 2008 Tony Award for Best Play
Winner: 2008 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play
Winner: 2008 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play
Winner: 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

“The most exciting new American play Broadway has seen in years” The New York Times

Louise Fischer

5 June – 7 July 2018

Previews: Tuesday 5 & Wednesday 6 June 7.30pm
Thursday – Saturday 7.30pm
Sunday 5pm
Final performance Saturday 7 July 2pm

Weeknights and weekends, subject to cast availability

Beverly Weston
The father of the Weston family, aged 69, an alcoholic and washed-up poet. His mysterious disappearance one evening and eventually discovered death are the reasons for the family’s reunion.

Violet Weston
The mother of the Weston family, aged 65. Undergoing treatment for oral cancer, she is addicted to several prescription drugs, mostly depressants and narcotics.

Barbara Fordham
The oldest daughter of the Weston Family, age 46. Mother of Jean and wife of Bill, though they are currently separated. She is a college professor and wants to save her marriage, but has the intense need to control everything around her as it falls apart.

Ivy Weston
The middle daughter of the Weston family, age 44. The only daughter to stay in Oklahoma, she works as a librarian at the local college, and her calm and patient exterior hides a passionate woman who is gradually growing cynical. She is secretly having an affair with her “cousin”, Little Charles, and plans to move to New York with him.

Karen Weston
The youngest daughter in the Weston family, age 40. She is newly engaged to Steve, whom she considers the “perfect man”, and lives with him in Florida, planning to marry him soon.

Bill Fordham
Barbara’s estranged husband and Jean’s father, age 49. A college professor, he has left his wife for a younger woman named Cindy, one of his students, but wants to be there for his family.

Jean Fordham
Bill and Barbara’s smart-tongued 14-year-old daughter. She smokes pot and cigarettes, is a vegetarian, loves old movies, and is bitter about her parents’ split.

Steve Heidebrecht
Karen’s fiancé, age 50. A businessman in Florida and not the “perfect man” that Karen considers him.

Mattie Fae Aiken
Violet’s sister, Charlie’s wife and Little Charles’ mother, age 57. Just as jaded as her sister, Mattie Fae constantly belittles her son and antagonizes her husband.

Charlie Aiken
Husband of Mattie Fae and the presumed father of Little Charles, age 60. Charlie, a genial man, was a lifelong friend of Beverly.

“Little” Charles Aiken
Son of Mattie Fae and Beverly, 37 years old—but, like everyone else, he believes Charlie is his father. Unemployed and clumsy, his mother calls him a “screw-up”, which may be a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Johnna Monevata
A Cheyenne Indian woman, age 26, whom Beverly hires as a live-in housekeeper shortly before he disappears. Johnna is the silent witness to much of the mayhem in the house.

Sheriff Deon Gilbeau
A high-school classmate and former boyfriend of Barbara’s, age 47, who brings the news of Beverly’s suicide to the family.

Saturday 3 March 10am – 12 noon
Sunday 4 March 10am – 3pm
Monday 5 March 6pm – 9pm
Callbacks TBA

Please prepare a 3 minute monologue (American accent preferred)

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New Theatre is a volunteer-based organisation and there is no payment for this play.

Louise Fischer has an MA in Theatre Studies from University of NSW. Directing credits for New Theatre include Australia Day, House of Games, Mother Clap’s Molly House, The Farnsworth Invention, The Crucible, (which transferred to a sell-out season at the Seymour Centre), Cabaret, Brand Spanking New, Honeymoon Suite, Richard III, Dancing at Lughnasa, Lemon Delicious, The Caucasian Chalk Circle and Enron. Other directing credits include The God Botherers (Darlinghurst Theatre), Stories from the 428 (Sidetrack Theatre), (Lighthouse Theatre), Project SciFi (PACT), Birthdays, Christmas & Other Family Disasters (Tunks Productions), Bedtime for Bastards (Crypt Theatre), Roadkill (Short + Sweet), The Curious Pain of Louis XIV (Seymour Centre) and Hamlet (Harlos Productions). Louise is the Artistic Director of New Theatre.