The 1994 Pulitzer Prize winning play
THREE TALL WOMEN
by EDWARD ALBEE
ANU Arts Centre main stage
13th to 22nd July, 2006
papermoon is the official theatre company of the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
Edward Albee is best known for his early critically acclaimed plays – Zoo Story (Vernon Rice Award 1960), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Tony Award 1962) and A Delicate Balance (Pulitzer Prize 1966). He won a second Pulitzer Prize for Seascape in 1974. After a period of critical coolness, his crown was reinstated with his winning the Pulitzer Prize for Three Tall Women in 1994. Since then, The Play About the Baby (2002) has been very highly praised and The Goat, Or, Who is Sylvia? won a Tony Award in 2002.
He has said: “I have been both overpraised and underpraised. I assume by the time I finish writing - and I plan to go on writing until I’m ninety or gaga – it will all equal itself out.”
Last year, Albee was honoured with a special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement – a lifetime of challenging and experimental plays. And since he’s is only 78, there will be a few more to come.
Albee has recently been in Sydney attending conferences and conducting masterclasses.
The action takes place in the bedroom of the Old Woman. The time is the present.
There will be one interval of twenty minutes
The Old Woman Camilla Blunden
Camilla Blunden appears by the permission of MEAA.
The Middle-aged Woman Liz de Totth
The Young Woman Emma Lawrence
The Boy Sam Lavery
Director/Designer Cathie Clelland
Stage Manager Amy Anderson
Lighting designer/operator Erin Pugh, assisted by Bridget Balodis and Amy Anderson
Set Construction Ron Abrahams, Cathie Clelland, Erin Pugh, Bridget Balodis, Amy Anderson
Camilla’s hairstyle Shirley Treloar of Σnigma Style @ ANU
Poster/Flyer Design Rhys Holden
Producer/Accent Coach Tony Turner
Props/Rehearsal Prompt Fay Butcher
Camilla has acted and directed in a wide range of theatre forms in professional theatre over 30 years. In 2006 she played Julia in Lend Me A Tenor, in 2005 she directed Butterfly Dandy for Women On A Shoestring Theatre Company (WSTC) and in 2004 acted in their production of The Slippery Slope at La Mama in Melbourne, after two seasons of the show in Canberra. She also re-directed Footprints on the Wind for a tour of NSW and in 2003 Girls Of The Reel for a tour of NSW, SA and Victoria. Other shows with this company where she acted or directed include At the Crossroads, Empty Suitcases, Over The Hill, Child of The Hurricane and Did You Say Love, many of which also toured. She has also directed or acted for The Street Theatre, Shortis and Simpson, Eureka! Theatre Company, Canberra Youth Theatre, CADS, About Face Productions, Theatre ACT and Jigsaw Theatre Company; plays include Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell, Yodel Lady, The Woman In The Window, Blue Murder, Love Child, Hotel Sorrento, Some Kind of Love Story, A Kind Of Alaska, Away, One For The Road, Ocean Out My Win
dow, Bartholomew Fair, Sugar And Spice, Ship Of Fools, Spring Awakening, The Wandering Jew, Operation Elvis, ACT Now, and Everyman. She has won various awards, including two Green Room Awards, one as part of WSTC company award, and an individual one for Services to Professional Theatre in the ACT. She has also won ACT Critics Circle Awards for performance and direction, as well as being a nominee for Artist of the Year award in 1992. She has acted in video and film and done voice over work.
Liz de Totth
This is Liz's first production with papermoon and, in fact, it is her first drama production since completing her Diploma of Theatre Arts specializing in children’s theatre, 25 years ago. Since then, Liz has concentrated on musical theatre, combining her two loves of acting and singing. She has performed in many productions, working with Philharmonic, Rep, Canberra Opera, Tempo, Alpha and the Canberra
Theatre Trust. She has performed in 19 shows for Philo, including 42nd Street (receiving a CAT Award nomination for her portrayal of Maggie Jones), My Fair Lady (Mrs Pearce) and Jekyll & Hyde (Lady Beaconsfield and Mrs Poole). Her most memorable role was that of Mme Thenardier in Philo's 2002 production of Les Misèrables. She thanks Cathie for this wonderful opportunity, and especially her long-suffering and supportive family.
A true theatre addict, she has also performed various functions both backstage and front of house in many productions. However, performing remains her true love, and she is delighted to be on stage for you tonight.
Emma graduated from ANU with an Arts/Law degree in 2002 and is currently a practising solicitor in Canberra.
In the last few years Emma has been involved in moonlight's production of Brecht's Caucasian Chalk Circle. In other moonlight productions she played the demanding role of Shen Te/Shui Ta in The Good Woman of Setzuan and Irina Chekhov's The Seagull. This is Emma's second production with papermoon, having played the role of Regan in papermoon's King Lear last year.
I suppose that, in some way, all plays are about love, life and death. Many, like Shakespeare, deal with the huge questions of life in a cosmic way. Others, like the great comic satirists, consider them through the distance of humour and even ridicule. Other plays, like this one, give us a more personal close-up view. And in Three Tall Women, this close-up view is a consideration of the life of a strong, determined woman (and yes, she is based on Albee’s adoptive mother whom he didn’t much like).
This is not really a play about an old lady; rather, it’s about the long life of a woman who is now old. It is customary to lament the fact of ageing, and even to dismiss those past a certain age, making it easy to forget that an individual’s life is the sum of all its years. This play reminds us that whatever age we are is part our life’s progress: every bit counts – “it all adds up”.
I like the bare, no bullshit ‘unsentimentality’ of this play – it is often wryly funny, but always direct and ‘incorrectly’ frank. The play raises some pretty important personal questions about life: When is the best time? When is the happiest time? What compromises do we have to make? How do we change as we go along? What really matters?
ERIN PUGH – LIGHTING DESIGNER
This is Erin's first opportunity to design for a papermoon show, having previously worked as either the Stage Manager or as a valued member of the set design/construction team for Antony and Cleopatra (2006), Suddenly Last Summer (2005) and La Ronde (2004). When not working in some capacity as part of the crew, Erin manages to sneak herself onto the stage as an actor: earlier this year she welcomed the chance to play the role of Dorine in Centrepiece’s production of Tartuffe, and later this year, also for Centrepiece, she will play the role of Margherita in Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay! This is Erin’s seventh show for the year so far and it is certainly not going to be her last, despite the fact that this is her Drama Honours year and she really ought to know better by now.
!st floor Union Building
Mark Santos and Teatro Vivaldi Restaurant – for lending us their furniture
and supporting us in many ways
The Gods Café
Canberra Repertory Society
Gillian Schwab – for lighting advice
Andrew Murray – for lighting advice
Shanna Provost – for publicity advice
Virginia Kaufman-Hall – for publicity advice
Aaron Ridgway – for time and muscles
Our friends and families
This is the twenty-ninth production for papermoon which began in 1991 with a production of Tennessee William’s A Streetcar Named Desire directed by Geoffrey Borny.
The performing arm of the ANU Drama department, papermoon was created to allow ANU Drama staff and students to be involved in all areas of theatre practice, benefiting from working on high quality classic and contemporary plays alongside practitioners from the wider Canberra community.
The current Artistic Director is Tony Turner, Head of Drama.
The next papermoon production:
The Wind in the Willows
by Alan Bennett
directed by Tony Turner
ANU Arts Centre
24th November to 2nd December, 2006