On October 10, Sewanee’s department of Theatre & Dance will open their 2019-2020 mainstage season with , an Olivier Award-winning play by Timberlake Wertenbaker. In honor of the 50 anniversary of women at Sewanee, their season will shine the spotlight on the work of women playwrights.
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by Thomas Keneally, an Australian novelist best known for writing . Set in 1789, the play dramatizes the period in history when the British government began to export their criminal convicts to Australia, which up until that point had been inhabited only by Aboriginal Australians. Many of the officers view the convicts as less then human, but one of them decides to put on a play with the convicts acting in it. The play looks at the disruptive and liberating impact of this small artistic endeavor. is a compelling and surprisingly funny examination of colonialism, class, criminal justice and the redemptive power of art.Performances will be at the at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN.
The play contains adult themes and language and is not recommended for those younger than 13.
The play features a cast of twenty-three Sewanee students, and will be directed by with scenic design by , costume design by and lighting design by Liam Corley (C’20). The stage manager is Kate Graham (C’20) and the dramaturg was Annie Ramsey (C’22).