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Magnetic Chicago tale will suspend your belief in humanity
Navy Pier, John Corwin, North of Eight Theatre, Courthouse Hotel North Melbourne, Mark Salvestro, Jessica Stanley, Phoebe Anne Taylor, Chicago, New York, San Francisco
Mark Salvestro as 'Martin'


See John Corwin's magnetic play Navy Pier presented by North of Eight at The Courthouse Hotel North Melbourne until 2 September. Book your tickets here. Have dinner at the Courthouse Hotel–it's cosy, non-pretentious and family run, with pork belly on the menu.

Navy Pier, John Corwin, North of Eight Theatre, Courthouse Hotel North Melbourne, Mark Salvestro, Jessica Stanley, Phoebe Anne Taylor, Chicago, New York, San Francisco
Navy Pier by John Corwin


Navy Pier written by Chicago playwright John Corwin is North of Eight's third production this year after successful seasons of 'Terminus' (Mark O'Rowe), and 'Toyer' (Gardner McKay). The ensemble led company brings authentic storytelling to the stage through Corwin's honest and confronting tale of deception, in the precarious and often illusive world of writing. One of the indulgences of writers is observing and drawing stories and characters from their immediate environment. Navy Pier is a historic place in Chicago, not far from Illinois State University where Corwin studied and was a founding member of Wax Lips Theatre. Chicago is where Corwin sets the lives of the young and ambitious newly graduated writers Martin (Mark Salvestro) and Kurt (Pat Moonie).

Navy Pier, John Corwin, North of Eight Theatre, Courthouse Hotel North Melbourne, Mark Salvestro, Jessica Stanley, Phoebe Anne Taylor, Chicago, New York, San Francisco
Jessica Stanley and Pat Moonie as Iris and Kurt


Martin and Kurt are university friends who meet in the local café to critique each other's writing, several times a week. They both aspire to become professionally published and dream of a 'writer's life' in New York. Shortly after graduation, The New Yorker publishes a short story written by Kurt, and he moves from Chicago to New York. Martin's artist girlfriend Iris (Jessica Stanley) leaves him to abscond with Kurt to New York to live the dream of creating all day, partying all night, and fraternising in the Greenwich Village arts and writing scene.

Navy Pier, John Corwin, North of Eight Theatre, Courthouse Hotel North Melbourne, Mark Salvestro, Jessica Stanley, Phoebe Anne Taylor, Chicago, New York, San Francisco
Siobhan Connors is Liv


Devastated by Iris sudden departure, Martin continues to write and meets Liv (Siobhan Connors) a local barmaid. Each day, Martin gives Liv envelopes with portions of his latest writing enkindling their romance. Eventually they move to San Francisco to start a new life.

However, as Kurt's career becomes more successful in New York, Martin recluses and spend days on end writing in his room. Liv notices a change in their relationship and comes home to discover that Martin is missing. Distraught, Liv looks for Martin and stumbles across Kurt at a local book signing. She buys and reads Kurt's book and notices its similarity to stories she has already read. She contacts Jessica in New York to see if Martin has been in touch, and her suspicions grow when she discovers that Kurt and Jessica have broken up.

Navy Pier, John Corwin, North of Eight Theatre, Courthouse Hotel North Melbourne, Mark Salvestro, Jessica Stanley, Phoebe Anne Taylor, Chicago, New York, San Francisco
The Courthouse Hotel North Melbourne


Navy Pier is 100 minutes with no interval, however, the intimate staging and direction (Phoebe Anne Taylor) of cross narratives and characterisation is thoroughly engaging and suspends your sense of time and place–a sign of great theatre and a show not to miss!

So, jump on the 57 tram, get off at the 7-Eleven store, and head diagonally across the road to The Courthouse Hotel for an intimate night of storytelling. You won't be disappointed.

Navy Pier was first staged in1997 at Strawdog Theatre Company
in Chicago, then at the Soho Theatre in London(2011) and in New York at the Theatre Row Studio Theater (2013).
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Why? You like a cosy pub meal and good theatre
When: Check details Tue-Fri 7.30 pm, Sat & Sunday 5:00 pm
Phone: 0432 925 237
Where: The Courthouse Hotel, 86-90 Errol Street, North Melbourne, VIC 3051
Cost: $15.00 - $28.00
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I hope I can make it to Melbourne to see this :)
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