Death and the Maiden

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Written in the wake of the Pinochet regime in Chile, Ariel Dorfman’s captivating, psychological thriller Death and the Maiden was performed by the Melbourne Theatre Company in 1993 and, 22 years later, is making its return to the MTC stage in a new production starring Susie Porter, Eugene Gilfedder and Steve Mouzakis and directed by Leticia Càceres (who recently directed MTC’s Birdland). Beat had the opportunity to speak to Mouzakis, who has had an impressive career over the years including theatre (MTC’s The Cherry Orchard for which he won the Green Room award for Best Actor), film (Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are) and television (Christos Tsiolkas’ The Slap).

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In a world where Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are worshipped and a world where we are obsessed with celebrity breakdowns, Melbourne Theatre Company’s upcoming production of Birdland could not be more well-timed. Written by award-winning British playwright Simon Stephens as an examination of fame, fortune and decadent disregard in a celebrity obsessed world, this Australian premiere introduces us to Paul, a damaged rock star idol whose fame and fortune is at an all time high. Taking on this demanding role is Mark Leonard Winter in what is his MTC debut. When speaking with Winter, he expresses a great passion for this character, no matter how unlikeable he may appear to others.

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