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AMERICAN SEASON

Fifty Words

by Michael Weller

16 May - 15 June 2013

Fifty Words

Fifty Words

Fifty Words

Fifty Words

Fifty Words

Fifty Words

Fifty Words

Fifty Words

Richard Clothier

Richard Clothier

Claire Price

Claire Price

Overview

Adam is a successful New york architect. His wife, Jan is preparing to start an online company. Their beloved nine year-old son Greg (and his hamster, Smoky) is away on his first sleepover. This will be the first evening they’ve had to themselves in years. Time to crack open the Champagne, devour a Chinese meal and get down to rekindling the fires of passion... But this is one extraordinary night wihich will change Adam and Jan's marriage forever.

This is the night when they say everything there is to say, reveal every dark secret which had been kept hidden and reach new heights of passion and intimacy.

Filled with the humorous banter of a married couple who know exactly which buttons to press, Fifty Words portrays their relationship with searing honesty and in beautifully observed and amusing detail.

Fifty Words originally opened off Broadway in 2008 and was nominated for several Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Play. Academy Award-nominee Michael Weller is an acclaimed writer for both stage and screen whose work includes Moonchildren, Spoils of War, Loose Ends and Beast on Stage and the fi lms Hair and Ragtime (for Milos Forman) and Lost Angels (for Hugh Hudson).

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  • Reviews

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    4 Star Rating Deeply raw and fiercely vengeful ... Boswell's production is tightly choreographed...Clothier and Price give superb performances - Daily Telegraph

    4 Star Rating Laurence Boswell's gripping, terrifying production turns the red-walled kitchen into a domestic battlefield - Mail on Sunday

    Searing, superb and exquisitely intricate performances from Richard Clothier and Claire Price... acting this good ensures you can't drag your eyes away from the carnage - Guardian

    "Incisive, insightful and frequently very funny ... superb in every way" - Bath Chronicle

    4 Star Rating "Stunning ... a crackling script full of fun, wit and fury" - Whatsonstage.com

    9/10 "Outstanding acting performances ... completes a triumphant triple from artistic guru Laurence Boswell" - Bristol Post

    5 Star Rating It was gripping, it was shocking, it was very entertaining. And at times it was very funny with some killer lines and so much insight you wondered if the couple were talking about your relationship rather than theirs - Strawberry Line Times

    5 Star Rating an emotional rollercoaster, with twists and turns in abundance – a rollercoaster the audience is utterly in awe of but would willingly ride again! - The Public Reviews

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  • Cast

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    Janine – Claire Price

    Adam – Richard Clothier

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  • Info

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    Evenings: Monday – Saturday 7.45pm
    Thursday Matinees: 23rd, 30th May, 6th, 13th June 2.30pm
    Saturday Matinees: 18th, 25th May,1st, 8th, 15th June 2.30pm
    Press Performance: Thursday 23rd May 7pm
    Post Show Discussion Thursday 30th May (After evening performance)
    Tickets: £19.50 / £14.50 Discounts Preview Performances: (16th-23rd May) and Mondays: All seats £10
    Directed by Laurence Boswell

    Designer - Simon Kenny

    Lighting Designer - Richard Howell

    Sound Designer - Fergus O'Hare

    Associate Lighting Designer - Jo Humphries

    Evenings: Monday – Saturday 7.45pm

    Thursday Matinees: 23rd, 30th May, 6th, 13th June 2.30pm

    Saturday Matinees: 18th, 25th May,1st, 8th, 15th June 2.30pm

    Press Performance: Thursday 23rd May 7pm

    Post Show Discussion Thursday 30th May (After evening performance)

    Tickets: £19.50 / £14.50 Discounts Preview Performances: (16th-23rd May) and Mondays: All seats £10

    Running Time: 1 hour 40 minutes (no interval)

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