April to July 2012 | Summer Season
The World Premiere
★★★★★ Five Stars, SoSoGay Magazine
★★★★ Four Stars, WhatsOnStage
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“Would you ever want to sit with me in the dark? Just sit with the lights out, barely even touching, maybe not touching at all, and just listen to me breathe?”
As part of the multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre's Summer Season, acclaimed US playwright Joshua Conkel makes his UK debut with the world premiere of the darkly comic The Sluts of Sutton Drive.
Everybody wants a piece of Stephanie Schwartz. Her son’s demanding nuggets, her boyfriend wants her to wax and her best friend’s taking her to a stripping class. Now there’s a rapist on Sutton Drive, an obscene caller invading her home and a portal to hell beneath her sofa. How far must she go to make it all stop? And how far is too far?
A heart-breaking, taboo-busting black comedy by Joshua Conkel, “the most important queer playwright of his generation” (Doric Wilson, the Co-Founder of Off-Off-Broadway's very first theatre, Caffé Cino.)
Joshua Conkel is a playwright and blogger from rural Washington State. He is the author of MilkMilkLemonade, The Chalk Boy, Lonesome Winter (co-written with Megan Hill), I Wanna Destroy You and Sprawl as well as numerous short plays. MilkMilkLemonade was named Best Off-Broadway Show of 2009 by NY Press, and is consistently one of Playscripts' top three most-produced plays. It has become a cult hit in the USA, recently receiving its 25th production in only two years. In 2011, Joshua was nominated one of NEXT Magazine’s “Who’s Next”. His work has been developed by The Management, Soho Rep, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Old Vic New Voices, Dixon Place, The Flea and more. He is a member of The Management, where he served as Artistic Director for six years, and of Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Soho Rep Writers/Directors Lab, Sons of Tennessee, and The Dramatists Guild. He is currently finishing a graphic novel adaptation of The Chalk Boy for First Second Books, an imprint of Macmillan, and editing his first short film, Power Lunch. He is an alumnus of Youngblood and the TS Eliot Old Vic New Voices US/UK Exchange. He holds a BFA in Theater from Cornish College of the Arts and lives in Brooklyn, New York. The Sluts of Sutton Drive is his UK debut.
Rebecca Atkinson-Lord is a theatre maker who directs, writes, devises and produces theatre and performance. Rebecca read Ancient History and Classics at Bristol University, specialising in ancient Greek drama. She trained as a Director at RADA and with Frantic Assembly, Complicite, Told by an Idiot and at The Young Vic. Her work has taken her from major international companies like Shakespeare’s Globe, Scottish Opera and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, to intimate found spaces in London and beyond. As a writer-director, her credits include Seeking Oblivion (BAC Scratch), Mrs Edna Way (Arch 468) and an original adaptation of Medea (Barons Court Theatre). Direction includes Mother Clap’s Molly House and The Flies (Crescent Theatre, Birmingham, for BSA), Romeo and Juliet (Teatro Technis), Five Eleven (King’s Head Theatre and Tour) and numerous new plays by emerging writers including Janice Okoh, Chad Armistead and Louise Monaghan at venues including Arch468 and Theatre503. She is Director of Theatre at Ovalhouse and Founding Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Arch 468.
Vicky Graham is an independent producer and founder of Vicky Productions. Vicky has seven years' experience of producing on the fringe and at festivals in London, Edinburgh, Paris, Avignon, and Off-Broadway in New York. As the first in-house Producer at Theatre503, she produced seven in-house productions (Wild Horses by Nimer Rashed, Epic by Matt Hartley, Breed by Lou Ramsden, The Charming Man by Gabriel Bisset-Smith, The Biting Point by Sharon Clark, Sold by Suzie Miller and Carrot by Ben Ockrent), as well as countless co-productions and events. She has also worked as Associate Producer for Pip Productions, Joint Artistic Director of Gilt & Grime and as a freelance producer and administrator. In 2011, Vicky was selected to participate in the Old Vic New Voices T.S. Eliot US/UK Exchange, and subsequently spent three months working in New York at Jean Doumanian Productions at NYMF (New York Musical Theatre Festival) and line producing Off-Broadway at the Duke on 42nd Street. Vicky is a recipient of the Stage One Bursary for New Producers. The Sluts of Sutton Drive is her first production under the banner of Vicky Graham Productions. Forthcoming projects include Strong Arm (Old Vic New Voices Edinburgh Season). www.vickygrahamproductions.com
Georgia Buchanan trained at East 15 Acting School and Syracuse University. London theatre includes Execution of Justice (Southwark Playhouse) and Enter A Gentleman (National Portrait Gallery). US theatre includes Lysistrata, The Tamer Tamed (Shakespeare Santa Cruz), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Ensemble Studio Theater), such small hands (Syracuse Stage), Love Letters, Translations, The Importance of Being Earnest (Keegan Theatre). Roles in training included lead roles in The Rose Tattoo, Woyzeck, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Dream Play (Soho Theatre), And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little (Tristan Bates Theatre) and Airswimming. Film includes Mindset andThe Hard Place.
Kelly Burke trained at RADA. Previous work at the Finborough includes Blue Surge (2011), Green, as part of Vibrant – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights (2009) and In World, as part of Vibrant – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights (2011). Other theatre includes Zelda for which she received an OffWestEnd Award nomination for Best Female Performer (New End Theatre), Avocado (King’s Head Theatre), Marie and Bruce (Wallace Shawn Festival at the Royal Court Theatre), Inherit the Wind (Bug Theatre, Denver) and Agnes of God (Federal Theatre, Denver). Television includes Doctors. Radio includes The Big Sleep, The Little Sister, These Are the Times (BBC Radio 4).
James Hillier trained at RADA. At the Finborough Theatre, James appeared in the leading role in the sell-out UK premiere of Tennessee Williams' Something Cloudy, Something Clear, directed by Tamara Harvey (2003), and Che Walker's sell-out production of Rebecca Gilman's Blue Surge (2011) for which he was nominated for an Off West End Award for Best Male Performance. Other theatre includes Titanic (Scenes from the British Wreck Commissioner’s Inquiry, 1912) (MAC, Belfast), The Land Of Uz as part of 66 Books (Bush Theatre), The Water Engine (Old Vic Tunnels), The Recruiting Officer (Garrick Theatre, Lichfield), Journey’s End (Drill Hall), Trips (Birmingham Rep), Le Bourgeois Gentlehomme (Gatehouse), Lulu (Almeida Theatre), The Homecoming (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), Closer (Royal and Derngate Theatres, Northampton) and A Clockwork Orange (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow). Television and Film includes City on Fire, Casualty, Holby Blue, Great Expectations, Survivors, The Four Feathers, Blackbeard, Fired and Silent Witness.
Eric Kofi Abrefa Theatre includes Clybourne Park, The Merchant of Venice , Harper Regan, Philistines, The Cherry Orchard (all at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama), Khadij is 18 (Angle Theatre at Hackney Empire), Sexy Buffting (Metal Mouth Theatre) and Richard III (BBC Shakespeare Festival). Television includes Tati's Hotel, The Bill, Holby City, Psychic Road and Show. Film includes Tight Jeans.
Matt Steinberg trained at HB Studio, New York, and with the Shakespeare's Globe International Actors' Fellowship, London. London theatre includes A Respectable Wedding (Waterloo East Theatre). Canadian Theatre includes Bartholomew Fair, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard III, The Provok’d Wife (Stratford Festival), Art is a Cupboard (Sweat Company, Toronto), The Goat (Neptune Theatre, Halifax), Waiting (Soulpepper Theatre Company, Toronto). New York City theatre includes Richard III, Volpone, Arden of Faversham (Classic Stage Company), Donna Morelli (Ensemble Studio Theater), Loud (Threshold Theater Company), Have You Met My Brother?, King John (Doppelganger), King Lear, Coriolanus, Timon of Athens (York Shakespeare Company) and the New York Shakespeare Festival as part of the Public Theatre's Shakespeare Lab. Film and Television includes The Best Years, True Confessions of A Hollywood Starlet, Degrassi: The Next Generation, The Green Door, Trojan Horse, Holy Cannoli and Dirty Work. Awards include the Tyrone Guthrie Award (Stratford Festival) and the Christopher Plummer Award (Shakespeare’s Globe Centre, Canada).
“Featuring a rapist, two grotesque murders, a dance to Kate Bush, hell unleashing itself and some fantastically laugh-out-loud and jaw dropping dialogue, The Sluts of Sutton Drive is a hoot and a half. Conkel’s deliciously dark and comic play, with direction from Rebecca Atkinson-Lord, is every bit the crude, hilarious and shocking play to rustle up an evening’s worth of pure entertainment bliss.” Jake Orr, A Younger Theatre
“A darkly comic exploration of a broken woman, and the extreme places our mind can take us when left unchecked. But foremost, it’s crass, gory and surprising.” Tim Macavoy, So So Gay
“Incredibly funny: belly laughs followed by a brain lapse of ‘oh god, why am I laughing at this?'” Jo Sutherland, One Stop Arts
“Definitely not for the faint-hearted...This weird play will make you laugh and gasp at the same time. Don’t miss it!” Carolin Kopplin, UK Theatre Network
“Entertaining, engaging, and at times downright hysterical...sublimely surreal at its best, this new play is well worth an evening of your time.” Deborah Klayman, The Public Reviews
"Imagine if Desperate Housewives had been directed by Quentin Tarantino. Or if Thelma and Louise had been written by Martin McDonagh. Throw in a healthy pinch of David Lynch, and a nod towards Muriel's Wedding and you might come close to getting a taste of the deliciously disturbing world conjured up by American playwright Joshua Conkel in this, his UK debut. ” Sebastian King, Curtain Up
“The Sluts of Sutton Drive can perhaps be compared to where Desperate Housewives meets Trainspotting, laced with a bit of A Clockwork Orange.” Jo Sutherland, One Stop Arts
“Straddles the perfect line between hilarious and horrifying.... Bold, brash and very funny...If you have a dark sense of humour, you’ll love it.” Tim Macavoy, So So Gay
“Georgia Buchanan is hilarious.” Carolin Kopplin, UK Theatre Network
“Buchanan captures a sense of childlike innocence mixed with a good dollop of neurosis and desperation.” Jo Sutherland, One Stop Arts
Georgia Buchanan “A truly outstanding performance in the central role. Her Stephanie is amusing, infuriating and sympathetic.” Deborah Klayman, The Public Reviews
“Buchanan makes a very endearing addict and she and Kelly Burke as Stephanie’s best friend Sharice are great fun to watch together.” Julia Rank, Exeunt
“The talented and stunning Kelly Burke is fantastic as loud-mouthed and brash Sherice. Burke radiates stage presence, energy and charisma and is addictively watchable.” Jo Sutherland, One Stop Arts
“The cast is impeccable, in particular the leading ladies.” Jo Sutherland, One Stop Arts
“A cracking cast, particularly the biker boyfriend Will (James Hillier) who is brilliant as a small minded but big-hearted man, and the best friend Sharice (Kelly Burke).” Belindal, Londonist
“Played with easy, freakish fervour by Matt Steinberg” Whats On Stage, Amy Stow
“The tremendous cast of five.” Jake Orr, A Younger Theatre
“Director Rebecca Atkinson-Lord has taken a unique voice and kept it true to its intended tone.” Tim Macavoy, So So Gay
“The direction by Rebecca Atkinson-Lord fully embraces the mania, gore and humour.” Jo Sutherland, One Stop Arts
“Perhaps the most memorable elements of the show are the bold choices of director Rebecca Atkinson-Lord. There are moments of genius.” Amy Stow, Whats On Stage
“Atkinson-Lord’s direction adds power to the already punchy dialogue.” Jake Orr, A Younger Theatre
“The production values are brilliant.” Jo Sutherland, One Stop Arts
“It’s a playful production, that pushes all the right buttons, and I challenge you not to leave with aching cheeks from laughing so hard.” Jake Orr, A Younger Theatre
Evenings at 7.30pm.
Monday matinees at 2.00pm.
Performance Length: Approximately 2 hours with an interval.
Tickets £14, £10 concessions
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