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An ode to a dying generation, and a dying relationship
Laugh, sing along and become immersed in a story set to the music that inspired a counter-current generation in American playwright Ali Viterbi's 'Deadheads'.

Featuring Rian Howlett and Sophia Simmons; 'Deadheads' is the chronicled story of the relationship between the two wide-eyed, idealistic kids as they follow the Grateful Dead on tour from the mid 70's to late 90's.


Both Howlett and Simmons truly go for broke as the two main characters (and the only ones with lines) as two high school sweethearts who are either crazy about each other - or just plain crazy - it's hard to tell at times.


Ethan is the son of Jewish Holocaust survivors, determined to live outside of the constraints of middle-American society (without shying away from his parent's hard earned money, of course). Sadie is a poet and student of philosophy, who's a bit more grounded - she likes her life as a Deadhead, but craves the normalcy of stability, throughout the years of their relationship, Sadie's traditional wants become more and more apparent - to the character herself, as well as the audience.


Ali Viterbi wrote 'Deadheads' as a junior at Yale University after the death of her uncle at a very young age. Both he and his wife were true Deadheads back in the day and the play is based on the story of their imagined relationship at the time.

Apart from the themes of sex, drugs, and the Grateful Dead, the play also touches upon the notions of lost love and disillusionment. Ali has called Deadheads her love letter; to a romantic partner whom she separated from at the time of writing and " a love letter to my lost uncle".

'Deadheads' is showing now until Friday, July 1 at The Owl & Cat Theatre. For more information visit the website below, call 0477 888 820, or book tickets online here.

Playwright: Ali Vitterbi.
Director: Scotty Wings.
Lighting Designer: Arielle Cottingham
Sound: Jacky T.
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When: Tuesday 28 June, Wednesday 29 June, Thursday 30 June and Friday 1 July. Showtime: 8pm. Runtime: 70 minutes approx.
Phone: 0477 888 820
Where: The Owl & Cat Theatre, 34 Swan Street, Richmond, VIC 3121.
Cost: Adult: $32 Concession: $26. Pay What You Want on Wednesday's.
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