Finborough Theatre to Debut Anders Lustgarten's BLACK JESUS, Oct 1-26
In a production commissioned by the Finborough Theatre, Anders Lustgarten's Black Jesus receives its world premiere at the Finborough Theatre, playing for a four week season from Tuesday, 1 October 2013 (Press Night: Thursday, 3 October 2013 at 7.30pm). A sold-out workshop production of Black Jesus at the Harare International Festival of Arts, Zimbabwe, was described by the Guardian as "a highlight of the festival".
Zimbabwe. 2015. Eunice Ncube, working for the new Truth and Justice Commission, interviews Gabriel Chibamu, one of the most infamous of the old regime's enforcers. As Gabriel's trial approaches, Eunice sifts through the past - to find that right and wrong, and guilt and innocence, are far less clear than she first thought...
This stunning new play by Finborough Theatre Playwright-in-Residence Anders Lustgarten, one of the UK's leading political playwrights, has extra resonance in light of the upcoming Zimbabwean elections. Black Jesus unpicks the political complexities of Zimbabwe through the devastating personal journeys of two very different people, both shaped and scarred by one of Africa's most complex and notorious regimes.
Playwright Anders Lustgarten's most recent play was If You Don't Let Us Dream, We Won't Let You Sleep, an exceptionally insightful and optimistic dissection of modern British politics at The Royal Court Theatre Downstairs in March 2013, for which he won the inaugural Harold Pinter Playwrights' Award. Lustgarten is a Playwright-in-Residence at the Finborough Theatre, where his work includes A Day at the Racists (2010), about the BNP and New Labour's betrayal of the working class, which won the Catherine Johnson Award. Other work includes Socialism is Great(National Theatre, 2012), Blair's Children (Cockpit Theatre, June 2013) and Three Gifts (Royal Court, June 2013).
Director David Mercatali is a director and writer. His production of the world premiere of Philip Ridley's Tender Napalm, received a nomination for the Evening Standard Best Newcomer Award and the OffWestEnd Award for Best Director. Previous work includes Feathers in the Snow(Southwark Playhouse), the acclaimed verbatim play Someone to Blame (King's Head Theatre), the breakthrough premiere production of Philip Ridley's Moonfleece (London and National Tour),Weights and his own play The Sound (Blue Elephant Theatre), Runners: The Return (Underbelly for the Edinburgh Festival) and People's Day (Pleasance London). He was Assistant Director onThe Eleventh Capital (Royal Court Theatre), is currently Assocate Director at the Southwark Playhouse and has developed new work with Paines Plough and Theatre503.
Trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Theatre includes Outside On The Street (Arcola Theatre and Pleasance Edinburgh), A Marked Man(Hightide Festival), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Mouse and His Child (Royal Shakespeare Company) and Dutchman (Orange Tree Theatre).
Trained at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Theatre includes The Merchant Of Venice (UK Tour), A Midsummer Night's Dream (UK Tour), Old Things (Bush Theatre), Hamlet (Dalston Bunk er), Cyrano De Bergerac (US tour), The Taming Of The Shrew (US tour), Someone To Blame (King's Head Theatre), Green And Pleasant Land (Arcola Theatre), A Doll's House (Arcola Theatre), The Exonerated (Charing Cross Theatre), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Unicorn Th eatre), Communication Breakdown (Theatre 503), Big Shoe (King's Head Theatre), The Gif t (Old Vic New Voi ces), Freddie Hearts Freddie (Southwark Playhouse), Beat Generation/Jack Kerouac (Old Vic New Voices), The S ound (Blue Elephant Theatre), Inches Apart (Theatre 503), All For Honour (Tara Arts), Present Tense (Trafalgar Studios), Elegies For Angels, Punks And Raging Queens (F ortune Theatre), Valpariso (Old Red Lion Theatre), Not In My Home (The Space), The Broken H eart (White Bear Theatr e), A Bequest To The Nation (Je rmyn Street Theatre) andHanging Around (Kneehigh).
Television includes A London Affair.