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September 20 – October 6

Established in an historical trajectory of treachery and violence, The Tragedy of Lucrece is a dark and provocative exploration that identifies Lucrece as a metaphor for political change.

Set in 500 B.C., this bold, challenging work follows the arrogant Prince Tarquin, his nobleman friend Collantine, and Collantine’s wife Lucrece, whose virtue and modesty is famed throughout Rome. What starts as a friendly wager quickly takes a sinister turn – ending in a tragedy which changes the course of Roman history forever.

Writer / Producer: Enzo Condello
Director: Brenda Addie
Stage Manager: Chay Moran
Lighting Designer: Callum Robertson
Lighting / Sound Operator: Max Russel

PERFORMANCE DATES

Friday September 20, 8pm
Saturday September 21, 8pm
Sunday September 22, 4pm

Wednesday September 25, 8pm
Thursday September 26, 8pm
Friday September 27, 8pm
Saturday September 28, 8pm
Sunday September 29, 4pm

Wednesday October 2, 8pm
Thursday October 3, 8pm
Friday October 4, 8pm
Saturday October 5, 8pm
Sunday October 6, 4pm

TICKET PRICING

Adults                        $25
Concessions             $20

Group (pp 4+)             $22

To purchase tickets, please click here.

Presented by the 2013 Melbourne Fringe Festival.

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JAMAICA ZUANETTI as LUCRECE

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Jamaica Zuanetti first started performing at The National Theatre Ballet School where she studied dance for ten years.

In 2011 she graduated from the The National Theatre Drama School, where she performed in The Visit and Picnic at Hanging Rock. Her theatre credits include The Tempest (The Shakespeare Youth Festival),The Hamletmachine (The University of Melbourne) Yes, Yes, Yes! (Bloomsday in Melbourne) More Intimate Than (Honeycreepers; Melbourne Fringe Festival) and Season to Taste (New Blood; Kingston Arts Centre).

LIAM GILLESPIE as PRINCE TARQUIN 

Liam Gillespie has returned to Melbourne this year after a 6 year hiatus in Brisbane. His body of work ranges from the musical The Pirates of Penzance, Anything Goes and Grease, to the slightly off-centre in Stoic, Love Let Me Out and my Fat Friend, to the downright indecipherable Playboy of the Western World, The Seven Ages of Joyce and The Field.

He looks forward to continuing his on-the-job training with The Bard.

SEBASTIAN BERTOLI as COLLANTINE

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Sebastian last appeared on stage in Melbourne in Mockingbird Theatre’s critically-aclaimed How I Learned To Drive and in Out Cast Theatre’s Here & After as part of the Midsumma Festival.

Having spent almost 4 years living in Vancouver, Canada, Sebastian is proud be on stage again in his native city. Other theatre credits include: Hamlet (Eagle’s Nest Theatre), The Tempest (OZACT) and Killing Game (Arts Academy, dir. Greg Stone). His screen credits include ABC’s Dr Blake Mysteries, Fox’s Fringe and HBO’s The Pacific.

Sebastian thanks his family for their endless love and support.

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I am honoured to be working with a group of such talented, dedicated people on this challenging production. Introducing the first three cast members for this wonderful production.

PAUL DAWBER as BRUTUS / LUCIUS

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Paul is a theatre vetran, with credits including “Count Dracula” (QTC), “Two” (Malthouse), “Hamlet”,”Romeo & Juliet”, “The Merry Wives Of Windsor”, “Twelfh Night”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (The Los Angeles Shakespeare Co) and 400 performances in the Australian National Tour of “The Sound Of Music” (Gordon/Frost Org).

He also has numerous television credits, including “City Homicide”, “Rush” and most recently the TV movies “Dangerous Remedy” (ABC) and “Underground: The Julian Assange Story” (Matchbox Pictures).

Film work includes “Melvin, Son Of Alvin”, “Black Box” and the AFI nominated “Erskineville Kings”.

GORDON LINDSAY as KING TARQUIN

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Gordon Lindsay has a wealth of theatrical experience as both a performer and writer. His stage credits include: Professor Higgins in My Fair Lady, Fagin in Oliver, Madam Lucy in Irene, Mack in Mack & Mabel, Archie Rice in The Entertainer, Sergeant Bell in Reluctant Heroes, Henry in The Fantastics, Sir Percy Blakeney in The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Earl of Guerney in The Ruling Class, The Actor in The Woman in Black and Honore in Gigi.

Initially pleased to have the opportunity to play a King, Gordon quickly found that – as in most of Shakespeare’s work – this King is a complex and rather unsympathetic character. He has enjoyed working with and exploring these nuances in the script.

JOSIE EBERHART as BIANCA / ALTER SPIRIT

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Josie trained at the VCA last century and has recently returned to begin a Post-Graduate Diploma in Voice Studies.

After ten years of teaching high school drama and doing occasional appearances on TV, film and corporate/training videos, Josie returned to the theatre in 2011 in Six Characters in Search of an Author at la Mama Theatre. In 2012 she appeared in Cosi’ and Macbeth with Eaglesnest Theatre, in Under Milk Wood at the Welsh Church with Whistling Vicar Theatre and in First Fireworks with Reaction Theatre. Recent television credits include Woodley and Winners and Losers.

Josie is enjoying playing and finding the voices for two different characters in ‘Lucrece’ and is relishing the muscularity and poetic richness of the language.

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TAKING UP WHERE SHAKESPEARE LEFT OFF?

THE TRAGEDY OF LUCRECE by ENZO CONDELLO world premieres in Melbourne Fringe Festival ’13.

Based on Shakespeare’s poem, The Rape of Lucrece, Enzo Condello dramatizes this epic moment in Roman history with the deft hand of a master playwright hailed as ‘Shakespearean in stature.’*

Familiar with tragedy in his own life, writer Enzo Condello, is the brother of the murdered gangland identity, Mario Condello.

Enzo Condello’s play, established in an historical trajectory of treachery and violence, is a dark and provocative exploration that identifies Lucrece as a metaphor for political change. ‘The is a play about hope in that this heinous act altered the course of Roman history,’ said Condello.

With a fine body of work behind him, including The Nero Conspiracy and Shakespeare and the Dark Lady of the Sonnets (selected for 2005 VCE Literature), Condello’s new work takes up where Shakespeare left off.

 Condello has the courage to put on stage what Shakespeare left in a poem.

Directed by Brenda Addie, the cast is headed by Jamaica Zuanetti as Lucrece, Liam Gillespie as Prince Tarquin, and Sebastian Bertoli as Lucrece’s husband, Collantine.

The Tragedy of Lucrece opens on Sept 19 – 6 Oct at the Richmond Library Theatrette, 415 Church Street, Richmond.

*Simon Piening – Australian Stage

Further information and photo opportunities: Chay Moran  – 0421 168 260

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The Suicide of Lucretia, by  Lucas van Leyden (c. 1515)

The Suicide of Lucretia, by Lucas van Leyden (c. 1515)

I am extremely excited to be Stage Managing a challenging new work by playwright Enzo Condello, The Tragedy of Lucrece. 

This new work tells the story of one of history’s most decisive revolutions. Based on Shakespeare’s long poem, The Rape of Lucrece, Enzo Condello’s inspired classical text richly relives this event in Roman history. An event where one noblewoman suffered irreparably – like her many sisters – then and now.

Premiering at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, The Tragedy of Lucrece will play at the Richmond Library Theatrette, with the preview opening on Thursday 19/09/13 at 8pm.

For further information of performance dates and booking tickets, please refer to the Melbourne Fringe Festival website: http://www.melbournefringe.com.au/fringe-festival/show/the-tragedy-of-lucrece/