Parents Bob and Fran have worked their fingers to the bone and with their four children grown and ready to fly the nest, it might be time to relax and enjoy the roses. But the changing seasons bring home some shattering truths. Things I Know To Be True tells the story of a family and marriage through the eyes of four grown siblings, struggling to define themselves beyond their parents' love and expectations.
Stumbling down Clifton Street at 11:30am drunk, Effie is the kind of girl you'd avoid eye contact with, silently passing judgement. We think we know her, but we don't know the half of it. Effie's life spirals through a mess of drink, drugs and drama every night, and a hangover worse than death the next day - till one night gives her the chance to be something more.
Hamlet, William Shakespeare's longest and most famous tragedy, was written some time between 1599 and 1602. It is considered to be one of the greatest and most influential works of literature in history. Prince Hamlet sets out to avenge his beloved father's death at the hand of his uncle Claudius, who has married the Queen and seized the crown. But Hamlet's spiral into grief and madness has permanent and immutable consequences for the Kingdom of Denmark.
Nora seemingly has everything that she could wish for - a comfortable home, pleasant friends, a loving husband and children to dote on. But Nora's life is not as it first appears and as a tightly woven web of lies begins to unravel, Ibsen shows us the real woman behind the marriage. A Doll's House premiered in Copenhagen in 1879 and is the second of Ibsen's realist plays.
All My Sons is Arthur Miller's Twentieth-century classic play about social responsibility set against personal gain. When Joe Keller places the prosperity of his family above the lives of others, there are consequences for all. Set in post World War II America, All My Sons sees a family in mourning torn further asunder by secrets and lies.
William Shakespeare's only pastoral comedy, As You Like It introduces a heroine who arguably Shakespeare’s greatest female character and speaks a quarter of the play’s total lines. Banished from court, Rosalind follows her exiled father into the untamed Forest of Arden. Disguised as a man for safety, her great wit and good nature show through her male trappings as she engages with fools and philosophers adrift in the woods, and ultimately falls in love.
The popular tales of Red Ridinghood, Jack (of Beanstalk fame), Cinderella and Rapunzel are interwoven with that of the Baker and his Wife. This re-telling, though, goes beyond 'happily ever after' as the characters find themselves in unfamiliar territory.
King Lear, first performed in 1606, is considered by many to be William Shakespeare’s finest tragedy. It draws on many of the same sources as the history plays, but also contains elements of classic fairy tales. Lear is dividing his kingdom between his three daughters based upon their flattery when telling of their love for him. Cordelia’s honesty leads him to banish her from his kingdom, and madness descends upon the ageing king.
Lovesong intertwines a couple in their 20s with the same man and woman a lifetime later. Their past and present selves collide in this haunting and beautiful tale of togetherness.
Thought to have been first performed in 1606 as a response to the Gunpowder Plot against James I, and William Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy, Macbeth is a story of power, ambition, witchcraft and murder. Following his success in battle, Macbeth meets three witches who prophesy his future. When the first of their hails comes to pass, the power-hungry general and his wife unscrupulously engineer to ensure the outcome of all of them, at whatever cost.
Beatrice and Benedick fuel their mutual distain with jade's tricks and sparring, dancing their dislike through the merry wedding arrangements of Beatrice's cousin Hero and the young captain Claudius. When Hero, though, is slandered, they must turn their wits to a more meaningful purpose. Much Ado about Nothing is counted among Shakespeare's High Comedies.
Glamorous divorcées, Elyot and Amanda, find that their love for one another is unexpectedly rekindled when they take adjoining suites of a French hotel while honeymooning with their new spouses five years later.
The Comedy of Errors is William Shakespeare’s shortest play and conforms to classical ideas of unity, with the action taking place in one location and on one day. In a frenzy of wives, sisters, merchants and encounters with the law, Antipholus of Syracuse arrives in Ephesus with his sidekick Dromio, only to find himself in a whirlwind of confusion upon being mistaken for his long lost twin brother.
Arthur Miller's dark and dangerous exploration of human nature uses a semi-fictionalised account of The Salem Witch Trials to allegorise the Communist Witch Hunt that engulfed America during the second Red Scare in the 1950s.
Screenwriter Austin has sold a script to a Hollywood producer, who his brother Lee convinces to ditch Austin’s love story for his own trashy Western. Now they must work together to secure the deal. A modern classic by one of America’s most renowned living playwrights, exposing the cracks in the American Dream.