Degenerate Art by Toby Schmitz
October 17 - November 10, 2018
Old Fitz Theatre
DescriptionRed Line Productions presents the World Premiere of
Written & Directed by Toby Schmitz
at Sydney’s Old Fitz Theatre from October 17
“All art is at once surface and symbol.
Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril.”
- Oscar Wilde
A twice-rejected art school applicant rises to political power through the use of charm, cunning and violence. From there, he declares merciless war on ‘cultural disintegration’, ordering an aesthetic purge of the entartete Künstler - the ‘degenerate artists’ - and their work.
As a result, between 1933 and 1945 one fifth of all artworks in Europe - valued at billions of dollars - are looted by, or have their sale coerced by, the Nazis.
Acclaimed actor, director and playwright Toby Schmitz returns to his stomping ground, the Old Fitz Theatre, with an incredible ensemble cast of Septimus Caton (This Much Is True), Guy Edmonds (The Moodys, House Husbands), Julian Garner (Killing Ground, Top Of The Lake), Anthony Gooley (Calamity Jane, Assassins), Henry Nixon (The Kettering Incident, Rake), Megan O’Connell (Cleverman, Home & Away) and Rupert Reid (Sunshine, The Village Bike) to breathe life into the story of what happens when a consummate performer - surrounded by yes men - takes it upon himself to shape the cultural future of a nation.