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Ensemble Theatre 2014 Season

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Bette Davis or Joan Crawford? Madness or genius?
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David Auburn's Pulitzer and Tony Award winning play Proof, questions the fine line between genius and madness.


Fans of A Beautiful Mind will be queuing up for tickets when the Ensemble Theatre's 2014 season opens on January 31.

The year will begin with David Auburn's Pulitzer and Tony Award winning work, Proof. It's the story of Catherine, the daughter of a famed mathematician, who must work out whether she's inherited her father's genius, or his madness, or both (while falling in love with one of his students). Second up is another multi-award winner, Bruce Norris's Clybourne Park, an outrageous, witty and thoroughly controversial work. Travelling through time between the 1950s and today, it asks whether or not political correctness is just another cover for racism.

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A cruise-ship vacation turns into a romantic shipwreck in David Williamson's funny play, Cruise Control.


Then there'll be four David Williamson plays, three of which will be staged at The Concourse, Chatswood. Kirribilli crowds will be treated to Cruise Control. It's a riotously funny exploration of what happens to three couples when their much-anticipated cruise-ship holiday goes horribly wrong.

June 24 will see the opening of a contemporary take on Richard III. By setting the play in a city apartment, Director Mark Kilmurry intends to blur the boundaries between Shakespeare's text and reality.

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Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and a drunk Marilyn Monroe meet for a supper party in John Misto's Dark Voyager.


Following that, the theatre will transform into a 1960s Hollywood supper party for John Misto's Dark Voyager. Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, in fierce competition with one another, meet with American columnist Hedda Hopper and a surprise guest, in the form of a rather inebriated Marilyn Monroe.

More of Hollywood's stresses and strains will get a workout in Jon Robin Baitz's 2012 Pulitzer and 2012 Tony Award winner Other Desert Cities, scheduled to open on September 4. Then October 23 will witness a return to the madness theme that kicked off the season, with Joe Penhall's Blue/Orange.

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Married life comes under scrutiny in Alan Ayckbourn's Absent Friends.


Finally, summer with be ushered in with Alan Ayckbourn's dark comedy, Absent Friends, in which a casual tea party puts the vicissitudes of married life under the microscope.

Subscriptions for the Ensemble's 2014 season are on sale now.

All images courtesy of The Ensemble Theatre website.
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Why? Announcement of the 2014 season
When: Throughout 2014
Phone: (02) 9929 0644
Where: Ensemble Theatre
Cost: $30 (students all shows) - $69 (Sat. evening standard). N.B. Ticket prices vary, according to time and day.
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