Summer Season 2015 | May - August 2015

A THIRD

by Laura Jacqmin

 
Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 28, 29, 30 June, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 July 2015

The world premiere

“We just want a third. And that third is going to be there for us. Not an equal: just there for us. For whatever we want him to do.”

The world premiere of A Third by award-winning Chicago playwright Laura Jacqmin runs at the Finborough Theatre for twelve performances, on Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday matinees.

Young marrieds Paul and Allison have everything going for them. They have money, they’re in love, and their sex life is great. But could it be better? Instead of being monogamous, why not try “monogam-ish”? What would happen if they invited “a third” into their bedroom and into their lives?

Allison and Paul convince themselves that they are being just about as liberal and adventurous as modern society seems to want. But as they transition from threesomes to couple-swapping, they discover the fragility of their own liberal attitudes. Just how flexible can one person’s sexuality truly be? And how far can “monogam-ish” go before it’s simply cheating? Can a couple go back to simply being a couple?

A funny, provocative and unflinching look at modern attitudes to sex, relationships and polyamorous love.

POST SHOW DISCUSSIONS

Sunday, 12 July
An in-depth transatlantic conversation: with director Josh Roche and the cast in person, and playwright Laura Jacqmin joining in via Skype. Josh, Laura and the actors will discuss the inspiration behind the play, the process of realising it, their own feelings towards the characters and story, and the challenges presented by staging intimate scenarios on stage; as well as answering audience questions.

Monday, 13 July
A panel discussion with director Josh Roche and an expert in sex and relationships psychology to explore some of the questions around monogamy and open relationships that the play deals with.

Dr. Meg John Barker is a writer, academic, counsellor and activist specialising in sex and relationships. Meg John is a senior lecturer in psychology at the Open University and a UKCP accredited therapist, and has over a decade of experience researching and publishing on these topics including the popular book Rewriting the Rules. Website: http://www.rewriting-the-rules.com. Twitter: @megjohnbarker.

ABOUT PLAYWRIGHT LAURA JACQMIN

Playwright Laura Jacqmin is a Chicago-based playwright and television writer. She was the 2008 winner of the Wasserstein Award, and previous International Playwright-in-Residence at the Royal Court Theatre. Other awards include two NEA Art Works Grants, the ATHE-Kennedy Center David Mark Cohen Playwriting Award, two MacDowell Fellowships and an Illinois Arts Council Individual Artist Grant. She was a finalist for the Heideman Award, the Laurents/Hatcher Prize, the BBC International Playwriting Competition and the Princess Grace Award. She took part in the Old Vic New Voices TS Eliot US/UK Exchange in 2012. Her play Dental Society Midwinter Meeting was named one of New City Stage’s Top Five Plays of 2010, as well as Time Out Chicago’s Honorable Mentions for the Best Theatre of 2010. Other productions include Ski Dubai at the Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago, and Dead Pile at XIII Pocket, Chicago. She is also a staff writer on forthcoming Netflix series Grace and Frankie starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.

ABOUT DIRECTOR JOSH ROCHE

Director Josh Roche is the Artistic Director of Fat Git Theatre. He has been an Assistant and Associate Director with Greg Doran at the Royal Shakespeare Company (Death of a Salesman), with John Dove at Shakespeare’s Globe (The Taming of the Shrew, Doctor Scroggy's War, Farinelli and the King), with Steve Marmion at Soho Theatre (Utopia, The Boy Who Fell into a Book), English Touring Theatre (Eternal Love) and nabokov (Blink). For Fat Git Theatre, he has directed Winky (Soho Theatre and Underbelly at the Edinburgh Festival), Encounter (Theatre503), (i feel fine) (New Diorama Theatre and Vault Festival), Uninvited (New Diorama Theatre and Bedlam Theatre at the Edinburgh Festival) and Gaia: New Approaches as the culmination of Fat Git’s residency at the University of Warwick. Other direction includes The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Warwick Arts Centre Studio) and The Cafe, a site-specific play at The Coffee Works Project in association with Old Red Lion Theatre. He also works as a dramaturg and literary consultant for Sonia Friedman Productions, Soho Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre.

ABOUT THE CAST

Will Alexander | Jay

Theatre includes Tis Pity She's a Whore (Cheek by Jowl International Tour), The Winter's Tale (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield), The History Boys (Court Theatre, Christchurch), Gods of Warm Beer (Court Theatre, Christchurch), The Seagull (Court Theatre, Christchurch), and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Top Dog Theatre).
Television includes Doctors and Outlander.

Jeremy Legat | Pau

Productions at the Finborough Theatre include Thérèse Raquin and its subsequent transfer to the Park Theatre.
Theatre includes Peter Pan (Richmond Theatre), Curtains (Landor Theatre), Hamlet and The Canterbury Tales (Cunard Queen Mary 2), Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre), Dido, Queen of Carthage (Chapel of St Barnabus at Kensington Palace), Peter Pan (Birmingham Rep), Beautiful Thing (Haymarket Theatre, Leicester), Spring Awakening (The Young Vic), The Snow Queen (Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton), Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Book? (Soho Theatre and Warwick Arts Centre), Gompers (Arcola Theatre), Oliver! (London Palladium) and Peter Pan (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford).
Television includes Canoe Man, Hustle, Surviving Disaster, Mike Bassett: Manager  and Hope and Glory.
Film includes The House on Arch Lane, Filth: The Mary Whitehouse Story and Endgame.

Asha Reid | Allison

Theatre includes Scarlet (Southwark Playhouse), Electra (The Old Vic), Cross Purpose (Crypt Gallery), Medea (The London Theatre), The Hate Play (Box Clever Theatre), Miniaturists: The Interval (Arcola Theatre), Courting Drama (Bush Theatre), The Tempest (Palace Theatre, Watford), Lord of the Flies (Broadway Theatre), The Magpies The Wolves (Tristan Bates Theatre and Pleasance London), Hacked (Theatre503) and The Beggars Opera (Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park).
Film includes House Hold, Gemma’s Wedding, Puzzled, White Collar and Weird Love.

Lucy Roslyn | Mariella

Theatre includes the award-winning The State Vs John Hayes (Edinburgh Festival, Ustinov Studio, Bath, The Lowry, Salford, and Brighton Fringe), Crystal Springs (Park Theatre), Chicken Shop (Park Theatre), Mr Happiness and The Water Engine (Old Vic Tunnels), Money Vs Happiness (Nu:write Festival Zagreb and BAC), Laundry (Waterloo East Theatre), Colin Hoult’s Real Horror Show (Leicester Square Theatre) and The Stooge (Tristan Bates Theatre).
Film includes Blind Eye, the world's first interactive 3D cinema campaign for Women's Aid.

THE PRESS ON PLAYWRIGHT LAURA JACQMIN

On Dead Pile –

“An interesting and ambitious new drama…Strong characters from a Chicago-based writer with a skilled touch and a fine observer’s eye for human behavior” Chicago Tribune

“A thoughtful and compelling work of drama.” Centerstage Chicago On Dental Society Midwinter Meeting –

“Jacqmin’s passionate morality play in the guise of a super-smart comedy of manners is bound to hit a nerve with professionals and patients alike…she has a talent for revealing the absurdities in grand topical issues…HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.” Chicago Sun-Times

“Contains a great deal of sharp satirical writing, aimed squarely at a profession we all love to hate. …A very funny and smart portrait of moral earnestness and, yes, vulnerability…Amusing, slick and creative.” Chicago Tribune

“[An] exceedingly clever script by Jacqmin” Newcity Stage

On Ski Dubai –

“A real revelation. … This play – smart, funny, sardonic and wonderfully absurd in a John Guare-like way – is a game-changer.” Chicago Sun-Times

“So layered and complex, so modern and relatable, and packed with a cornucopia of emotional experience, it is destined to become a present-day classic. … Whip smart, crackerjack dialogue, crafted with humor, pain and precision by playwright Laura Jacqmin leaves you wanting more” EDGE Chicago

THE PRESS ON DIRECTOR JOSH ROCHE’S PAST PRODUCTIONS FOR FAT GIT THEATRE

“An exciting company, asking fascinating questions” Catherine Love, Exeunt On (i feel fine) –

“Joe White, and Fat Git Theatre Company, have found a very human way of looking at an intractable problem, and of doing so with a charm that makes these unspeakably big and terrifying issues feel relevant to the small, quiet realities of all our lives.” ★★★★ Exeunt

“A funny, slightly absurd combination of rom‐com, apocalyptic drama and self‐reflection.” ★★★★ Everything Theatre

On Winky –

“The story vibrates with the kind of quiet humanity that warms the best of Alan Bennett and Daniel Kitson.” ★★★★ Exeunt

“An accomplished production that will have you laughing throughout … Director Josh Roche treats the concept of self-help groups with a brilliantly satirical mind.” ★★★★ One Stop Arts

On Specie –

“Josh Roche’s direction [is] stylish, inventive and remarkably assured … Specie is a great example of an interesting concept carried off with pure class by a talented young company.” ★★★★ A Younger Theatre

“This entertaining but thought-provoking play… strikes the difficult balance of being morally thought-provoking and delivering an approachable plot. …a play that truly deserves to be seen.” ★★★★ FringeGuru

TICKETS AND TIMES

Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays,
28, 29, 30 June, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 July 2015

Sunday and Monday evenings at 7.30pm.
Tuesday matinees at 2.00pm.

Performance Length: Approximately 95 minutes with no interval.

Tickets £18, £16 concessions

PLEASE NOTE THAT LATECOMERS CANNOT BE ADMITTED AND TICKETS CANNOT BE EXCHANGED OR REFUNDED.

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Directed by Josh Roche

Designed by Avra Alevropoulou

Lighting by Joe Price

Sound by Kieran Lucas

Presented by Fat Git Theatre and Corinne Salisbury.

WILL ALEXANDER

JEREMY LEGAT

ASHA REID

LUCY ROSLYN