Melbourne, Victoria (PRWEB) October 05, 2012
Melbourne playwright Belinda Lopez explores issues of ageing, sibling rivalry and parental care in her first full length play for the stage: ‘The Window Outside’. Presented in conjunction with Melbourne Writers Theatre for Melborn 2012, ‘The Window Outside’ will enjoy its exclusive world premiere at one of Melbourne’s most prestigious and well-known venues for emerging independent theatre: La Mama’s Carlton Courthouse.
‘The Window Outside’ is the tender love story of an elderly couple, Frank (Rick Burchall) and Evelyn (Carrie Moczynski).
Through humour and insight, ‘The Window Outside’ tackles a range of topical themes including euthanasia and aged care.
Adamant that the subject matter of her play is current, contemporary and topical, Belinda Lopez believes that ‘The Window Outside’ offers strong possibilities to generate positive community debate.
“The lifestyle transitions that confront the elderly couple and their offspring in this play will ring true for many that see it,” says playwright Belinda Lopez. “Despite the youth-orientated obsession of mainstream media, the fact is our society is aging at a rapid rate – and not just in isolation here in Australia. An aging population is a global phenomenon.”
Layered and ripe with conflict, ‘The Window Outside’ presents warm, relatable characters accessible thorough the manner in which they struggle to deal with the changing circumstances they find themselves in.
“Although an affectionate love story between two people who have lived a rich life and aged together, many will relate to the difficult and sometimes uncomfortable topics that the story delves into,” says playwright Belinda Lopez.
Parental descent into dementia and the financial decisions that come with the heavy responsibility of their ongoing care are issues that many in the community deal with daily.
Adding further emotional depth to the play, ‘The Window Outside’ does not shy away from an intense examination of euthanasia. While a controversial topic for many, it immediately taps into a discussion that is never far from conversation in the community and mainstream media.
“Although some in the audience may not feel comfortable with the choices made by the characters, I do hope that ‘The Window Outside’ contributes to and generates positive discussion within and among those that see it.”
Although ‘The Window Outside’ is her first full length play for the stage, Belinda Lopez has enjoyed a lengthy career in the creative arts, highlighted by stints as a performer in America within touring productions of 'West Side Story', 'Sweet Charity', 'Evita', and 'A Chorus Line' to name a few. She has also studied acting in New York. No stranger to start-up theatre productions, Belinda Lopez was an integral part of creating several new works with the renowned Teatro de la Esperanza and was Co-artistic director of the Potrero Hill Theatre Company in San Francisco.
Exploring issues of sibling rivalry and parental care through humour and insight, ‘The Window Outside’ is a love story that neither age nor illness can damper.
‘The Window Outside’ runs 8pm nightly from 10th – 21st October at one of Melbourne’s most prestigious and well-known venues for emerging independent theatre: La Mama’s Carlton Courthouse. Join us - tickets can be purchased online at http://www.trybooking.com/BVLU.
Presented in conjunction with Melbourne Writers Theatre and La Mama for Melborn 2012,
‘The Window Outside’
La Mama’s Carlton Courthouse
10th Oct – 21st Oct
Wed to Sat 8:00pm / Sun 2:00pm
Presented in conjunction with Melbourne Writers Theatre and La Mama for Melborn 2012
ABOUT ‘THE WINDOW OUTSIDE
Sharon doesn’t recognise her own children, Evelyn is digging up long dead pets, Frank is dancing in his wheelchair and Miranda’s visit home is more than she bargained for.
‘The Window Outside’ is a sometimes funny but tender story that explores sibling rivalry, parental care issues and making hard choices: but foremost it is a love story that neither age nor illness can damper.
Performed by: Rick Burchall, Carrie Moczynski, Nadia Andary and Mandie Combe
Written by: Belinda Lopez
Directed by: Liz Perry
Lighting Design: Richard Lyford-Pyke
Artwork: Krijstelle Liao
BELINDA LOPEZ, LIZ PERRY AND CAST ARE AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS. ACTORS BIO'S AND HEADSHOT'S ALSO AVAILABLE.
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