God will appear on earth next year in the body of popular Sydney actor Mitchell Butel, to open Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s 2018 season.
Butel will star in the hit one-man Broadway play An Act of God, written by David Javerbaum, a 13-time Emmy winner and one of the key writers behind The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. In the play, which premiered in 2015 with Big Bang Theory star Jim Parson as God, our Heavenly Father takes on the role of celestial talk show host.
Darlinghurst Theatre Company has secured the Australian premiere of An Act of God as part of the Sydney Mardi Gras Festival.
The company will stage another Broadway hit in 2018, with Harvey Fierstein’s 1980s milestone Torch Song Trilogy. Director Stephen Colyer will return to the play after directing it for Darlinghurst in 2013.
There’s also a strong focus on Australian writing in the season, with the Sydney premiere of multi-award winning Northern Territory playwright Mary Anne Butler’s The Sound of Waiting. The play takes place on a tiny wooden boat on a perilous journey to a land girt by sea, and was written in response to Tony Abbott’s comment: “Jesus knew there was a place for everything, and it’s not everyone’s place to come to Australia.”
Darlinghurst Theatre Company will also premiere a new adaptation of Moliere’s The Hyopchondriac, penned by Hilary Bell, and stage recent plays from local writers Caleb Lewis and Patricia Cornelius.
In addition to its main stage season, the company will again team up with Women in Theatre and Screen (WITS) in October to present Festival Fatale, a short season of performance by women, and join with Playwriting Australia for the National Play Festival in March.
Darlinghurst Theatre Company season 2018
An Act of God (February 2 to 25)
By David Javerbaum
Directed by Richard Carroll and Mitchell Butel
Featuring Mitchell Butel as God
The Sound of Waiting (March 31 to April 22)
By Mary Anne Butler
Directed by Suzanne Pereira
Moliere’s The Hypochondriac (June 9 to July 1)
A new version by Hilary Bell
Directed by Jo Turner
Torch Song Trilogy (July 29 to August 26)
By Harvey Fierstein
Directed by Stephen Colyer
Featuring Simon Corfield
Maggie Stone (September 28 to October 21)
By Caleb Lewis
Directed by Sandra Eldridge
Featuring Eliza Logan
Love (November 16 to December 9)
By Patricia Cornelius
Directed by Rachel Chant