Playing Rock Hudson

Playing Rock Hudson AARPlaying Rock Hudson is a new Australian play that tells the rarely told and dramatic tale of 1950s Hollywood star Rock Hudson’s death and its aftermath, at the Old Fitz Theatre for a limited season from 3 February.

One of America’s most popular movie stars throughout the fifties and sixties, Rock Hudson’s death in 1985 from complications related to AIDS, made headlines the world over. He was the first famous figure to publicly succumb to the disease.

In 1988, Hudson’s former lover Marc Christian sued the actor’s estate and personal secretary Mark Miller on the grounds of reckless endangerment, claiming they had put his life at risk by lying about Hudson’s diagnosis.

Within the courtroom, the most intimate details of Hudson’s life were presented for public scrutiny. The chief question for the jury: Was Christian the love of Hudson’s life and a victim of malice, or was he a blackmailing hustler out to play Rock Hudson for all he was worth?

Writer / Co-Director: Cameron Lukey  Co-Director: Jason Langley  Featuring: Paul Dowson, Mark Taylor, Peter Talmacs, Kim Knuckey, Tyran Parke, Benjamin Winckle, Grace Victoria  Lighting Design: Michele Bauer  Costume Design: Georgia Hopkins  Sound Design: Tim Hope  Stage Manager: Vanessa White

Playing Rock Hudson
Old Fitzroy Theatre
Season: 3 – 15 February 2015

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Image: by Ann-Marie Calilhanna