25 April – 28 May
Better the neighbour you know?
Red Stitch Theatre presents the Australian premiere of Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses, a wry comedy about two suburban couples who have more in common than just their identical homes and the same last name.
Meet Bob and Jennifer Jones, a middle aged man and wife who have found contentment in a small town in view of a spectacular mountain. As magnificent clouds pass in the evening sky and an owl hoots in the distance, their peace is disturbed by the sudden arrival of John and Pony, a younger couple who have rented the house next door – and are also called Jones.
What seems on the surface like a series of ordinary encounters becomes a moving look at the people who live next door, the truths we think we know about ourselves, and the secrets we never imagined we might share.
Julian Meyrick (Dead Centre / Sea Wall) will direct Will Eno’s poignant look at everyday people dealing with their own mortality. The production will feature Red Stitch ensemble members Ella Caldwell and Sarah Sutherland alongside guest actors Neil Pigot and Justin Hosking. With set & costume by Greg Clarke, lighting design by Bronwyn Pringle, and composition & sound design by Ian Moorhead.
Will Eno is an American playwright whose play Thom Pain (based on nothing) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 2005. The Realistic Joneses appeared on Broadway in 2014, where it received a Drama Desk Special Award and was named Best Play on Broadway by USA Today.
“For all the sadness woven into its fabric, The Realistic Joneses brought me a pleasurable rush virtually unmatched by anything I’ve seen.” The New York Times
Venue: Red Stitch Theatre, Rear 2 Chapel St, St Kilda
Dates: 25 April – 28 May (previews 25 -28 April)
Opening Night: Saturday 29 April
Time: Tuesday – Saturday 8pm, Sunday 6.30pm
Tickets: $15.00 – $49.00
Bookings: (03) 9533 8083 or www.redstitch.net