Peter returns to his hometown of Pine City, Minnesota and his twenty-year high school reunion with dreams of winning back Kari, the girl he left behind at seventeen after an unexpected pregnancy.
Standing in his way is the wedding ring on Kari’s finger, the fact that he still hasn’t grown up, and a narrator hell-bent on telling Peter and Kari’s story her own way. As the night progresses, both Peter and Kari are forced to face the consequences of choices made long ago and face life with newfound strength and bittersweet resolve.
Hailed by critics as the Our Town (Thornton Wilder) for our time, The Pavilion is by turns poetic and comic, romantic and philosophical. Punctuated with hilarious dialogue dredged from the universal experience of high school angst, the characters find themselves deeply entrenched in the melancholy of “what might have been”.
American playwright Craig Wright is an Emmy-nominated television writer, known especially for his work on Brothers & Sisters, Six Feet Under, Lost and the cult hit Dirty Sexy Money, he was also the screenwriter for the movie Mr. Peabody & Sherman, released earlier this year.
A recipient of the 2009 Horton Foote Excellence in American Playwriting Award from Baylor University, Wright is known for his plays: Grace, Mistakes Were Made, Recent Tragic Events, and Main Street, amongst others.
Making its Off-Broadway premiere at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in 2005, The Pavilion was nominated for a the American Theatre Critics Association Best New Play Award and a 2005–2006 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play.
Director: Byron Bache Featuring: Tim Constantine, Katherine Innes and Claire Pearson Set Designer: Nicholas Casey Lighting Designer: Matt Osborn Costume Designer: Nico Wilsdon Producer / Stage Manager: Emma Caldwell
The Abbotsford Convent, 1 St. Heliers Street, Abbotsford
Season: 30 October – 14 November 2014
Information and bookings: www.boutiquetheatre.com.au
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