SUDS Presents: Unveiling/Dozens of Cousins
7 December, 2016
The Cellar Theatre
Sydney University Dramatic Society (SUDS)
UNVEILING Vera and Michael bring soft-spoken Vanek into their house to show off their latest achievement – themselves. While they brag about their refurbished apartment, Vanek tries to be enthused. They gradually begin a verbal attack on Ferdinand, but, when he turns to leave, they beg him to stay, as they unveil that their latest project is him.
DOZENS OF COUSINS is twenty years in the future, placing Vanek back in the living room of Michael and Vera, shadowed by their maid Beda, for the same old games in a shiny new context: communism has died with a whimper and the Free World beckons with drugs, luxuries, and untold exotic wonders.
This double bill presents two of the infamous autobiographical Vanek Plays written by Vaclav Havel, recounting actual events from his life as a browbeaten artist, who would later bring about the fall of corrupt communism and establish the modern democracy that is the Czech Republic. They’re fast paced, funny, witty political farces.
Vanek: Helena Parker
Vera: Lucy Burke
Michael: Alex King
Beda: Harriet Lugsdin
Director: Joel Hillman
7 pm at The Cellar Theatre