VDL Awards Entries 2021

Fool for Love

Strathmore Theatrical Arts Group Inc.
11 Feb 2021 - 20 Feb 2021

A dark story about two former lovers who reunite in a cheap hotel room in the Mojave Desert. Eddie is a transient presence in and out of May’s life and together they represent a co-dependent, toxic yet magnetic pair sorting through the emotional tumult of their lives in a constant power struggle. The old man contributes to their story from an insider’s perspective while Martin witnesses the story unfold without means to stop it.
Sam Shepard’s Fool For Love was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was written during Shepard’s own personal struggles with relationships.

Agent: By arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, on behalf of Josef Weinberger Ltd London

Author: Sam Shepard

Director: Reschelle O'Connor

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War Of the Worlds

The 1812 Theatre Ltd.
12 Feb 2021 - 6 Mar 2021

Broadcast from New York’s Mercury Theatre in 1938, this infamous radio play, based on the novel by H. G. Wells, had many terrified listeners
convinced that an actual alien invasion of Earth was taking place.
This incredible broadcast now comes to life onstage
to thrill and chill audiences.

Agent: ORiGin Theatrical

Author: Howard E.Koch

Director: Pip Le Blond

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Rabbit Hole

Off The Leash Theatre Inc
25 Feb 2021 - 28 Feb 2021

Becca and Howie Corbett have a picture perfect family life in the suburbs of Melbourne until a random, tragic accident takes the life of their four-year old son. Soon after, Becca’s younger, irresponsible sister, Izzy, announces that she is pregnant: there will now be a new child in the family. As Becca and Howie grow apart, Becca’s mother, Nat, badgers Becca about her grieving process, and Jason, the young driver who killed their son, continually shows up to ask forgiveness, the group is on a bumpy road to healing with no road map in sight. Rabbit Hole delves into the complexity of a family navigating deep grief, and learning what it means to live a fruitful life when things fall apart.

Author: David Lindsay-Abaire

Director: Annette O’Shea

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LOVES. LABOURS. WON (Or Much Ado About Nothing)

Skin Of Our Teeth Productions
5 Mar 2021 - 14 Mar 2021

Shakespeare’s wonderful comedy brought to glorious life in this glorious adaptation. Love, adventure, misadventure, mistaken identity – all to the tune of a World War One Hospital ward. Adapted and directed by Emma Louise Watson, presented by the award-winning Skin Of Our Teeth Productions.

Author: William Shakespeare adapted by Emma Watson

Director: Emma Watson

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Psycho Beach Party

Essendon Theatre Co.
18 Mar 2021 - 27 Mar 2021

Surf’s up, and murder’s afoot, as “Psycho Beach Party” mashes up ’50s psychodramas, ’60s surfer films and ’80s slasher horror flicks into a truly madcap comedy. Think Gidget meet’s Mommie Dearest! It’s 1962 and teenage tomboy Chicklet Forrest desperately wants to be a part of the surfer crowd on Malibu Beach. The one thing getting in her way, however, is her unfortunate tendency towards multiple personalities … and her most dangerous alter ego — voracious vixen Ann Bowman — has nothing less than world domination on her mind! Hilarity ensues as mischief, madness and the passionate pursuit of the perfect wave come crashing over the heads of the audience as beach blankets and Hitchcockian psychological suspense thrillers are tossed around in this rollicking, zany comedy.

Agent: Origin Theatrical on Behalf of Samuel French LTD

Author: Charles Busch

Director: Christopher Hill

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Death of a Salesman

Essendon Theatre Co.
17 Jun 2021 - 26 Jun 2021

The story revolves around the last days of Willy Loman, a failing salesman, who cannot understand how he failed to win success and happiness. Through a series of tragic soul-searching revelations of the life he has lived with his wife, his sons, and his business associates, we discover how his quest for the “American Dream” kept him blind to the people who truly loved him. A thrilling work of deep and revealing beauty that remains one of the most profound classic dramas of the American theatre.

Agent: Music Theatre International

Author: Arthur Miller

Director: Michele Haywood & Nicola Taylor

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Curtain Up!

Peridot Theatre Inc.
6 Aug 2021 - 21 Aug 2021

Curtain Up! is the hilarious story of five women who inherit equal shares in a dilapidated theatre and plan to bring it back to life again.
They try various fund-raising schemes but their most ambitious is to hold a concert featuring local talent and a world-famous star who agrees to appear for no fee! However, their plans go awry and it’s a race to keep their audience from guessing the truth of the matter.
A fast-paced and very funny comedy

Agent: By arrangement with Origin Theatrical on behalf of Samuel French

Author: Peter Quilter

Director: John Jennings

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