A twice-rejected art school applicant rises to political power through the use of charm, cunning and violence. From there, he declares merciless war on ‘cultural disintegration’, ordering an aesthetic purge of the entartete Künstler – the ‘degenerate artists’ – and their work.
As a result, between 1933 and 1945 one fifth of all artworks in Europe – valued at billions of dollars – are looted by, or have their sale coerced by, the Nazis.
Acclaimed actor, director and playwright Toby Schmitz (The Rover, The Present) is joined by an incredible ensemble cast of Septimus Caton (This Much Is True), Guy Edmonds (The Moodys, House Husbands) and Giles Gartrell-Mills (A View From The Bridge, Sport For Jove).
Also on stage will be Henry Nixon (The Kettering Incident, Rake), Megan O’Connell (Cleverman, Home & Away) and Rupert Reid (Sunshine, The Village Bike) who will breathe life into the story of what happens when a consummate performer – surrounded by yes men – takes it upon himself to shape the cultural future of a nation.
“All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril.” – Oscar Wilde
Writer & Director: Toby Schmitz Featuring: Septimus Caton, Guy Edmonds, Giles Gartrell-Mills, Henry Nixon, Megan O’Connell, Rupert Reid, Toby Schmitz Assistant Director: Andrew Henry Set & Costume Design: Maya Keys Lighting Design: Alexander Berlage Sound Design: Ben Pierpoint AV Design: Aron Murray Stage Management: Genevieve Muratore Assistant Stage Management: Simon Porro Producer: Red Line Productions Photography: John Marmaras
Old Fitz Theatre, 129 Dowling Street, Woolloomooloo
Season: 20 October – 4 November 2018 (previews: 17 & 18 October)
Information and Bookings: www.redlineproductions.com.au
Image: courtesy of Red Line Productions