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In a Forest, Dark and Deep - Winterfall Theatre

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Neil LaBute's latest play

This Spring, Winterfall Theatre proudly presents the Australian premiere of 'In a Forest Dark and Deep', an unrelenting psychological thriller by American film director, screenwriter and playwright Neil LaBute.

Celebrated for his provocative and controversial scripts, LaBute is often compared to fellow American playwright, screenwriter, and film director, David Mamet. Some of LaBute's previous plays include 'The Mercy Seat', 'Fat Pig', 'This Is How It Goes', 'Some Girl(s)', 'In a Dark, Dark House', 'Reasons to be Pretty', 'The Purple Marmoset' and 'The Furies'.

'In a Forest Dark and Deep' received its world premiere in London's West End in 2011. Directed by LaBute, this critically acclaimed production starred Matthew Fox and Olivia Williams in the leading roles.

The American premiere was staged in Chicago in 2012; this production was directed by Joe Jahraus and starred Darrell W. Cox and Natasha Lowe.

After its highly acclaimed Australian premiere season of the play last year, Winterfall Theatre Company is planning a return season for 2013. In A Forest, Dark and Deep will play at The Theatre Husk, Northcote from November 2nd for a strictly limited season. The anticipated Australian production will be directed by Denis Moore, an award winning a veteran theatre, film, TV and radio actor and director, feature lighting design by Nick Merrylees and will star established Australian actors Michele Williams and Christopher Connelly, who recently played the role of Ron Barassi in Barassi The Stage Play.

'In a Forest Dark and Deep' depicts the tale of siblings Bobby and Betty, who venture to a cabin against the backdrop of a violent storm. Betty has asked Bobby to come to the neglected cabin to clear out her many belongings - she is preparing to rent out the cabin. However, while Bobby is sorting through Betty's many possessions, he stumbles upon an incriminating photo of his sister, which could destroy her career and marriage.

Winterfall's forthcoming production of 'In a Forest Dark and Deep' has been described by Australian Stage Online as "Another satisfying and intelligent production with the outstanding performances typical of the company." The Age also paid tribute to the cast and crew; "Sustaining a full length play that's also a two hander requires dextrous dialogue and superior performances. That's what you get at Winterfall Theatre's production…Connelly gives a bravura performance… Williams' Betty is accomplished too… a strong performance of a hot new play that engages from beginning to end".

'In a Forest, Dark and Deep' opens at Husk Theatre from Saturday, 2nd November 2013 at 8pm until Saturday 23rd November 2013.

Performances are as follows:
Wednesday to Saturday at 8pm
Every Saturday at 4pm

Tickets are now on sale through TryBooking.

For the first week all tickets will be priced at $15 (valid from 2nd to 9th November 2013). The remaining performances will be priced as follows: Full Price $30 / Concession $26 / Full time Student $16. Click here to proceed with a booking.

For more information on this anticipated season of 'In a Forest, Dark and Deep', please visit
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When: Opening night: Saturday 2nd November at 8pm- Season runs every Weds to Sat at 8pm, and Sat at 4pm (Two shows on Saturday)
Where: The Theatre Husk 161a Heidelberg Road Northcote Melbourne
Cost: $15- First week special tix valid from November 2nd to November 9th - then $30 full price / $26 concession / $16 full time student
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