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July 18 @ 8:00 pm - August 13 @ 12:00 am AEST$15 - $49
By Nick Payne
Directed by Ella Caldwell & Brett Cousins
18 July – 13 August
“Ingenious, remarkable and tantalizing.” New York Times
“Fascinating and moving. Incognito is at the top of its class.” The Guardian
Founding Red Stitch Ensemble members Ella Caldwell and Brett Cousins will extend their 16 year creative relationship, co-directing the Australian premiere of Incognito by Olivier Award-nominated UK playwright Nick Payne.
Tracing three interwoven stories (two of which are based on true events) across time and continents, Incognito is a dramatic intellectual puzzle about the workings of that most mysterious organ, the brain. It asks the ultimate question of humanity – how do we give our lives meaning?
It’s 1955 in New Jersey and Princeton Pathologist Thomas Stotz has just performed an autopsy on the recently deceased Albert Einstein – and then proceeds to steal his brain.
In 1953, Bath, England, Henry undergoes pioneering brain surgery to cure his epilepsy, which results in an inability create new memories.
In present day London, Martha a contemporary neuropsychologist, struggles to understand her own mind even as she probes the minds of others.
Nick Payne has cemented his reputation as one of the UK’s most exciting playwrights with a string of thought-provoking and engaging plays. From the quantum mechanics filtered love of Constellations, to his recent exploration of personal injury claims in The Same Deep Water as Me, his plays are rousing and concise dramas that explore unusual themes.
The production will feature Red Stitch ensemble members Paul Ashcroft, Kate Cole, and Ben Prendergast, alongside guest actor Jing-Xuan Chan, together playing a total of 21 characters. The creative team will include set and costume design by Chloe Greaves, lighting design by Tom Wills and composition and sound design by The Sweats (Pete Goodwin).
Venue: Red Stitch Theatre, Rear 2 Chapel St, St Kilda
Dates: 18 July – 13 August Previews: 18 – 21 July Opening Night: Saturday 22 July
Time: Tuesday – Saturday 8pm, Sunday 6.30pm
Tickets: $15.00 – $49.00 Bookings: (03) 9533 8083 or www.redstitch.net
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