4000 Miles is a touching and poignant tale of colliding generations, explores the funny, frustrating, and ultimately life-changing relationship between a grandson learning to face his life and a grandmother who is starting to forget hers.
Written by Amy Herzog one of America’s brightest playwrights. 4000 Miles won the 2012 Obie Award for Best New Play and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2013.
Leo, a 21 year old rocks up unannounced at the Manhattan apartment of his 91-year-old Jewish grandmother Vera.
Broken up with his girlfriend he cycles across the country, and needs a place to crash for the night, no questions asked. But Vera – prickly, stubborn and sharp as a tack – isn’t about to let him off that easily.
The overnight couch-surf turns into an extended stay, It unearths a surprising parallel between the two generations in this emotionally compelling drama. With disarming frankness and surprising candour, the two negotiate social potholes and trace emotional fault lines that link them to a painful family history.
This production is a collaboration between independent theatre company Critical Stages, with MopHead and Catnip Productions, directed by Anthony Skuse. The cast includes Aileen Hunynh, Diana McLean, Stephen Multari and Eloise Snape.
Suitable for 14 years+ due to occasional course language.
It will be staged at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Ballarat for three performances only from 18 to 19 March. The evening performances will take place at 7.30pm and the matinee performance will begin at 2.00pm on 19 March.
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