The Australian premiere of Melbourne playwright Andy Harmsen’s exciting new work, Foreign Bodies – a seductive and seditious study of primal urges and exoticism.
Sly Rat Theatre Co-Artistic Director Alan Chambers features alongside Canadian trained, Queensland based actor Marika Marosszeky in the Australian premiere of Andy Harmsen’s provocative tale of sex, porn, politics and lust. Foreign Bodies is directed by award-winning Mockingbird Theatre Artistic Director Chris Baldock, and opens at The Owl and Cat Theatre on Friday October 23, 2015 at 8pm.
Set in a hotel room in Mumbai, retired American porn star, Arizona Snow, awaits the arrival of Martin, a young Australian journalist, and some-time fan. Terror reigns on the streets below as Martin and Arizona become entangled in a net of fantasy, power games, intrigue and danger, revealing the dark side – the underbelly – of the sex trade and its cloistered worshippers. Set against the volatile, political backdrop of Mumbai, Foreign Bodies explores the relationship between two unlikely allies in this city of dreams.
“I am excited to be staging the Australian premiere of Andy Harmsen’s provocative new play, Foreign Bodies for Sly Rat Theatre. It is a play that intrigues and challenges from the onset, drawing the watcher into a world of voyeurism, lust and desire,” says Director, Chris Baldock. “The sultry and hot climes of Mumbai, penetrate the work as the power and allure of sex makes way for a battle of wills that goes beyond desire and towards something much more dangerous. By turns intoxicating and thrilling, this Australian premiere will leave you breathless.”
Chris Baldock is a highly respected director and actor in the Melbourne theatre scene. He directed the acclaimed production of The Laramie Project at Chapel off Chapel which won the 2005 Victorian Green Room Award for Best Independent Production. He revived the production in 2012 to critical acclaim as the inaugural production for his own company, Mockingbird Theatre. He also received critical praise for his productions of Love! Valour! Compassion! for Midsumma, Burning starring Logie Award-winner Libby Tanner and the Australian premiere of Shining City for Hoy Polloy. Chris has also directed Mockingbird Theatre’s critically acclaimed productions – Blue/Orange, How I Learned To Drive, Equus, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, The Temperamentals and Quills.
Andy Harmsen is a Melbourne playwright and academic, completing his undergraduate degree at Curtin University in Western Australia, and his postgraduate studies at The University of Melbourne where he is currently researching. He received a Grace Marion Wilson Fellowship from Writer’s Victoria for 2012 and was shortlisted for Red Stitch Theatre’s INK program for 2015 with his play, The Long Shadow. Alongside Alan Chambers, Andy is the co-artistic director of Sly Rat Theatre Co.
‘… moments that evoked genuine feelings of unease and panic in the audience … A suspenseful, fascinating theatre experience’. – Melbourne Observer
‘Intelligent, unsettling and hauntingly beautiful … Brought many audience members to genuine tears’. – Arts News Portal
‘… is of a quality that raises the bar for original, independently produced work … though provoking and surprisingly moving’. – The Theatre Nerd
CONFRONT YOUR PLEASURE! Season: October 23 – October 31, 2015
BOOK NOW : 9 PERFORMANCES ONLY!
Directed by Chris Baldock
When: Preview: Thursday 22 October 2015 at 8pm
Opening Night: Friday 23 October at 8pm
Saturday 24 October 8pm
Sunday 25 October 5pm
Tuesday 27 October – Friday 30 October 8pm
Saturday 31 October 5pm and 8pm
Where: The Owl and Cat 34 Swan St, Richmond
Tickets: $26.00 Full / $22.00 Concession, (+ Booking Fee) Preview Thursday October 22 $15.00
Cast: Alan Chambers, Marika Marosszeky
Warning: The play contains violence, nudity, sexually explicit action and language. Adults Only.
BIOs of Cast and Crew
Chris Baldock – Originally from New Zealand and based in Melbourne for over 20 years, Chris is the founder and Artistic Director of Mockingbird Theatre and a director of over fifty productions here in Australia and in NZ. He directed the acclaimed production of The Laramie Project at Chapel off Chapel, which won the Victorian Green Room Award for Best Independent Production, received a rare five star review in The Sunday Age and made many ‘Best Of’ lists at year’s end including The Age and Theatre Notes. He revived the production in 2012 to great critical acclaim as the inaugural production for Mockingbird Theatre and, for the company, followed it with the highly lauded Blue/Orange, How I Learned To Drive, Equus, Kiss Of The Spider Woman, The Temperamentals and Quills. He also received critical praise for his productions of Love! Valour! Compassion! for Midsumma, The Dining Room at the Victorian Artists Society, Burning for Mad As Us starring Libby Tanner and the Australian premiere of Shining City for Hoy Polloy. Acting credits include: Michel in God Of Carnage, George IV in The Madness Of King George, Gene Glimmer in Side Man, Lennie in Of Mice And Men, Colonel Jessup in A Few Good Men, Roo in Summer Of The Seventeenth Doll, Henry in Cosi, Arkady in A Month In The Country, Kipps in The Woman In Black and Oscar Wilde in Gross Indecency: The Three Trials Of Oscar Wilde. Marika Marosszeky – Bio (Arizona Snow) Marika Marosszeky is a Queensland based Canadian/Australian actress. She is thrilled to return to Melbourne to perform the role of Arizona Snow in her second Sly Rat Theatre Production, Foreign Bodies. Previously, she played the role of Valerie in Sly Rat’s The Martyrs in 2013. In more recent work, Marika makes her television debut as Sheila in a Vicious Pictures short film, The Bus Knight, premiering on ABC2 in August 2015. Since her theatre studies at the University of Toronto Drama Program, she has performed in various Canadian theatre productions. Notable performances include Juliet in the Classical Theatre Company’s Romeo and Juliet, Renee in Pandemic Theatre’s Lesbian Vampires of Sodom, and The Lead (untitled) in a University of Toronto production of 4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane. Marika continues to develop her skill and passion for performance here in Australia. She was privileged to have participated in recent Sydney based workshops with Elizabeth Kemp and Larry Moss, offered through 16th Street Actors Studio. These were wonderful opportunities for her to connect, and to be inspired by the great talent in this country.
Alan Chambers (Martin) Alan grew up in Perth, Western Australia where he developed a great love for the performing arts. He studied at Curtin University for four years where he learnt multiple skills as an actor, writer, director and designer. During this time he directed/acted in over thirty productions. In 2010, Alan graduated from the full time Acting Stream at NIDA. He then spent some time in Melbourne, directing a touring production of Cosi and acting in a new ABC min-series Australia on Trial’. In 2012 Alan formed the Sly Rat Theatre Co. Since then, he has directed four feature length productions, most recently the black comedy Pluck’ by Steven McCall, which closed at The Butterfly Club in July this year. Alan continues to teach acting to adults and children all over the country through the National theatre and NIDA Open program.
Andy Harmsen – Andy Harmsen is a playwright from Melbourne, Australia. He completed his postgraduate training at The University of Melbourne and VCA where he is currently working on a research project. He recently received a Grace Marion Wilson Fellowship from Writer’s Victoria for 2012 and was also shortlisted for Red Stitch Theatre’s INK Program for 2015 with his play, The Long Shadow. He was formerly a member of Black Swan Theatre Company’s Young Writer’s Initiative with Adam Mitchell. He is the co-artistic director of the Melbourne and Sydney-based independent theatre company, Sly Rat Theatre Co. The company has produced shows for Sydney’s National Institute of the Dramatic Arts, Perth’s The Blue Room Theatre and Melbourne’s Revolt Artspace. His most recent writing credits are Doomsday Devices (Revolt Artspace), The Martyrs (Revolt Artspace), Dirty Pretty Nails (The Blue Room Theatre) and Bye Bye Baby: A Musical (Nexus Theatre). He has written for the International Journal of Culture and Arts, Island Dynamics and The Conversation. Andy has sound designed for many companies across Melbourne, Sydney and Perth – Sly Rat Theatre, Eagle’s Nest Theatre, Precious Gift Burlesque, and The Itty Bitty Titty Committee, amongst them.