Sydney Theater Holds Free Reading Of THE OVERWHELMING 4/6

Sydney Theatre Company presents a rehearsed reading of THE OVERWHELMING by J.T. Rogers

Monday 6 April 2009 at 7.15pm at Wharf 2, Sydney Theatre Company, Pier 4, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay- FREE

J.T. Rogers' The Overwhelming, which premiered at London's National Theatre to critical acclaim, will be presented as a free rehearsed reading at Wharf 2 on Monday 6 April 2009 at 7.15pm as part of the Sydney Theatre Company's Back Stage program. A ‘Meet the Artists' forum will be held immediately after the reading, attended by the playwright. Cristabel Sved will direct and casting is still to be confirmed.

When American academic Jack Exley arrives in Kigali, Rwanda, in 1994 to write about his old classmate and his work with children stricken by AIDS, Jack is unable to find anyone who even admits to knowing the doctor. Jack, his wife Linda, and his teenage son, Geoffrey, become enmeshed in the politics, fear, and personal betrayals that mark the start of a genocidal war - a horror all can sense is coming but no one can comprehend or control.

J.T. Rogers' other plays include Madagascar, White People and Murmuring in a Dead Tongue. In the United States his plays have been seen in New York City at the Roundabout Theatre and the SPF Play Festival, and throughout the country. White People just closed a commercial run Off Broadway; Blood and Gifts, his newest work, opens soon at the Tricycle Theatre, London. He is currently writing plays for the National and the Lincoln Centre. Rogers is a resident playwright at New Dramatists and is makes his first trip to Australia as a guest of PlayWriting Australia.

This event is part of the Sydney Theatre Company's Back Stage program, including play readings, ‘meet the artist' forums, pre-show briefings and back stage tours.

Tickets: Free.
Reserve via the Box Office. 02 9250 1777 or visit sydneytheatre.com.au

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