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BY JOHN CARIANI
DIRECTED BY LAURA BRADLEY
APRIL 11th –14th
Sometimes love is messy in this romantic comedy where a unique cast of characters battle for love with heart-warming optimism. A darker cousin to “Almost, Maine”, John Cariani’s “Love/Sick” is a collection of nine slightly twisted and completely hilarious short plays. Set on a Friday night in an alternate suburban reality, this 80-minute romp explores the pain and the joy that comes with being in love. Full of imperfect lovers and dreamers, from a couple that’s obsessively impulsive, to a bride with literally cold feet, to a man who had a very… exciting lunch, to the couple who forgot to have a baby, “Love/Sick” is an unromantic comedy for the romantic in everyone.
The Hartwell Players will showcase a selection of one act plays directed by and starring upcoming and returning Hartwellians. These one acts will then hit the road for the annual festival circuit across Melbourne and it’s regional areas.
More details will be announced closer to the season so stay tuned to see who could be joining the ranks of our award-winning directors and actors!
When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more on her hero and defender Coriolanus. But he has enemies at home too. Famine threatens the city, the citizens’ hunger swell to an appetite for revolution, and on returning from the battlefield, Coriolanus must confront the arching conflict of tradition, ceremony and the voice of an angry people.
Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge is put under the lens in this subversive interpretation.