Technicolor Life by Jami Brandli
July 26 - August 12, 2017
The Depot Theatre, 142 Addison Rd
DescriptionThe Australian premiere of the award winning US play TECHNICOLOR LIFE by Jami Brandli vividly explores through the female gaze how families cope when a wounded soldier returns home and attempts re-entry into ‘civilian life’.
TECHNICOLOR LIFE is a bold, moving and magical celebration of life, love and missing parts. Billie, a young Iraq War soldier, loses her left hand and is sent home. Billie’s book smart teenage sister, Maxine, with the help of her new imaginary friends - Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes - and her mother, Susan, attempt to help Billie, but she refuses to talk about her war experience. Billie and Maxine’s grandmother, Franny moves into the household bringing her twenty wigs, love for old American musicals, wine coolers and cigarettes. Franny has a plan for a good-bye party that threatens to tear the family even further apart.
“As colorful as its title implies...Technicolor Life is like a bold burst of cherry red.” - MD THEATRE GUIDE
The critically acclaimed world premiere of TECHNICOLOR LIFE was presented by Rep Stage as part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival in Maryland in 2015. This Australian premiere is part of The Depot Theatre’s 2017 Season. The production is directed by co-artistic director, Julie Baz and designed by fellow co-artistic director, David Jeffrey with lighting designer, Mehran Mortezaei. The musical and choreographic elements are directed by Robert Allan. The show features a terrific line up of some of Sydney’s best indie theatre talent, including Amy-Victoria Brooks, Nyssa Hamilton, Michael Harrs, James Martin, Tasha O’Brien, Cherilyn Price, Emily Sulzberger and Cherrie Whalen-David.
“A young playwright with a gift for realism that shines through Technicolor Life.”- DC METRO THEARE ARTS
Jami Brandli received the John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award, the Holland New Voices Award and The Aurora Theatre Company’s 2014 Global Age Project (GAP) Prize for TECHNICOLOR LIFE. Her play BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!) was named in The Kilroy’s THE LIST. Brandli was also nominated for the 2013 Susan Smith Blackburn Award and a finalist for the Disney ABC TV Fellowship.
The Depot Theatre is a not‐for‐profit theatre situated within and proudly supported by the historic Addison Road Centre, a thriving inner west hub for culture, arts and the environment visited by over 200,000 people annually. Founded by Julie Baz and David Jeffrey in 2015, The Depot Theatre challenges and entertains its audiences with theatre that is accessible, affordable and – most importantly – a really fun night out.
“The Depot Theatre continually delivers a diversity of outstanding well‐rounded performances.” ‐ SYDNEY SCOOP
Season dates: 26 July – 12 August 2017
Venue: The Depot Theatre, 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville
Days/times: 8pm Wed - Sat, 5pm Sun
Running time: 135 mins including interval
Previews: Wed 26 and Thurs 27 July 2017
Opening night: 8pm Fri 28 July 2017
Tickets: $32 Full | $27 Concession | $27 Groups of 10 | $22 Cheap Weds | $22 Previews
Info & bookings: www.thedepottheatre.com/technicolor-life