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"When you make an enemy of the United States, you'd better watch out. Sooner or later we will get you". Paul Bremer, former US Administrator of Iraq
As part of the celebrations of The Theatre Guild's special 80th anniversary year, its first mainstage production of 2018 will be Stephen Sewell's Myth, Propaganda and Disaster in Nazi Germany and Contemporary America - a dark and compelling portrait of the corrupting nature of power and the corrosive effect of lies.
"Who cares what's legal or illegal; what matters is power and how it is used."
The production will open in the Little Theatre on Saturday 5 May 2018 at 7.30pm and to celebrate the special 80th anniversary, the Theatre Guild will be holding a Sunday matinee during each of the 2018 mainstage seasons and the matinee for this show will be at 4pm on Sunday 6 May.
Despite the old joke about a prolonged play title, "Have you seen the play? No, but I've read the title", Sewell's play resonates with the aftershocks of September 11, as Sewell calls for answers to some of the most pressing questions of today; where is the line drawn between patriotism and nationalism? And what will be the outcome when the Land of the Free with its dominating acts of power to maintain control makes such inflexible statements as: "You're either with us or against us"?
In 2003 when Sewell's award-winning contemporary play (2004 New South Wales Premier's Literary Award, 2004 AWGIE Award; and 2004 Victorian Premier's Literary Award Louis Esson Prize for Drama) on the War of Terror premiered, it was regarded by some viewers as unrealistic. Today this chilling and sinister representation of the unethical nature of power and the corrosive result of lies is disturbingly perceptive as it reveals certain cultural parallelism between Germany in the 1930's and contemporary America.
Over a 30 year career, Sewell's creative role as a playwright, screenwriter and novelist is recognised as one of Australia's most celebrated and experienced writers. He has chaired the Australian National Playwrights Centre for many years, and has received numerous awards with his work being performed in most major Australian theatres and in New Zealand, the US, the UK and Europe.
He is best known for his AFI Award winning screen adaptation of The Boys, as well as his role as script editor on the feature film Chopper.
This powerful and provocative play will have you talking and thinking long after you leave the theatre.
Where: Little Theatre, The Cloisters (off Victoria Drive, gate 10), University of Adelaide. Ticket machine in Cloisters parking area. WE RECOMMEND YOU ALLOW EXTRA TIME FOR PARKING WHEN THERE IS AN EVENT ON AT ADELAIDE OVAL.
Cost:TICKETS: $28 Full / $23 Concession Online: www.trybooking.com/TCBS (fee applies) Tickets at the door subject to availability Group Bookings:10 at concession rate. Online: www.trybooking.com/TCBS (fee applies). - Theatre is Wheelchair Accessible.