Image: Rob Blackburn Photography and Work Art Life Studios
By Joanna Murray-Smith
Directed by Tom Healey
3 October – 5 November (previews 3 – 6 October)
Post-show Q&A 12 October
Featuring Joe Petruzzi
Set and Costume Design Darryl Cordell
Lighting Design Bronwyn Pringle
Sound Design Patrick Cronin
Dialect Coach Anna McCrossin-Owen
Stage Manager Alyssa Hall
Assistant Stage Manager Kelly Ziccone
“What happened to Whitman’s America? There is no unified song. There is no harmony of voices.”
Andy’s experience is common to many of us; the slow accumulation of a good life: love, work, friendship, family. But unforeseen events lead him to places he never imagined… Can we ever know the exact moment when a good life turns irredeemably wrong?
As Andy heads off to work to give the biggest presentation of his career, he wishes his teenage son Robbie goodbye. Eight hours later, everything has changed. A profound tour-de-force for one actor, played by Red Stitch ensemble member Joe Petruzzi, American Song is an intimate exploration of parenting, love, and the question: What could I have done differently?
“Murray-Smith peered inside the country’s human heart from her Australian perspective to produce an American Song, a perfectly tuned elegy to a bygone America.” – Broadway World
“Many of the people who were initially laughing on Friday night were in tears by play’s end. And yes, I was among them… Murray-Smith speaks great truths in the disarmingly, deceptively simple language of everyday life. We need more plays like that.” – Milwaukee Sentinel
“Murray-Smith’s brilliant, black and biting humour supercharges the cut and thrust of the dialogue” – Sydney Morning Herald (on Switzerland).
This production is generously supported by Jane Badler.