American Season - UK Premiere
In A Garden
by Howard Korder
5 April - 5 May
It is 1989. An ambitious young American architect is summoned to a fictitous Middle Eastern country, where the Minister of Culture commissions him to build a structure which will remind him of his most idyllic childhood memory, the garden of his father. Dream turns to nightmare as months turn into years, a cat and mouse game ensues and the architect's attempts to fulfil the brief are constantly rejected. In this veiled and dangerous world in which neither side is capable of understanding the other, the only outcome is catastrophe.
Playwright and screen writer Howard Korder is the winner of numerous awards including an Obie award for The Lights, which played at London's Royal Court in 1996. Boy's Life received a Pulitzer Prize nomination in 1988 and he received the 1996 Guggenheim Fellowship in Playwriting.
Keir Charles's credits for the RSC include The Taming of the Shrew and The Merchant of Venice and Sunday in the Park with George for the National Theatre. He starred in Adam Rapp's Red Light Winter, the opening production in the Ustinov Studio's American Season.
Hassani Shapi's recent screen credits include Law & Order UK, Waking the Dead, Lewis, Wire in the Blood, Spooks and Prince of Persia. He recently appeared in The Container (Young Vic) and has just finished filming All in Good Time.
Mark Heenehan's stage credits include the national tour of Evita; Not About Nightingales for the National Theatre/Alley Theatre, Texas and Showboat, Les Miserables and South Pacific in the West End.
Chris Andrew Mellon was The Player in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and Sebastian in The Tempest, both directed by Trevor Nunn. Other stage credits include Aspects of Love and La Cage Aux Folles.
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"Richard Beecham's direction of his fine cast .... the country's President, unforgettably played by Chris Andrew Mellon" - The Times
"A taut, witty, elegant beast, well served by Richard Beecham's clean, assured direction... Hassani Shapi's performance as Othman is superlative: complex, subtle, very, very funny - I’d watch it all again just for him" - Whatsonstage.com
"Richard Beecham's snappy production ... Theatrically flamboyant...The performances - particularly from Shapi and Charles - are delicious, full of detail and nuance" - Guardian
"Keir Charles gives a first-class performance" - The Public Reviews
"This tale of a lost Eden is hauntingly attractive" - Observer
"A thoroughly slick, adroitly performed and well-staged affair" - The Stage
A gem of a play - Theatre Review L.A.
Scenes alternately cascade with laughter and seethe with dread ... never less than thoughtful and involving - Variety
A remarkable play - CurtainUp