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The American Season 2014

The Big Meal

The Big Meal

A Steady Rain

A Steady Rain

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Following two previous much-acclaimed seasons of American drama, The Ustinov Studio now presents The American Season 2014: three brand new works, all UK Premieres.

The three plays are Dan LeFranc's comic rollercoaster THE BIG MEAL, directed by Michael Boyd; Keith Huf's gritty two-hander, A STEADY RAIN, directed by David Grindley and Lynn Nottage's multi award-winning INTIMATE APPAREL, directed by Laurence Boswell.

THE BIG MEAL by Dan LeFranc

Thursday 6th March - Saturday 5th April

Winner 2010 New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award

Somewhere in America, in a typical suburban restaurant on a typical night, Sam and Nicole first meet. Sparks fly. And so begins an exhilarating story that takes five generations of a modern family on a rollercoaster ride through life, from first kiss to final goodbye. A stunning, big-hearted play that whizzes through nearly 80 years, this is the extraordinary story of an oridinary family.

Deeply comic and genuinely touching, Dan LeFranc's acclaimed drama is about love, marriage, raisng children and the general onslaught of life.

A STEADY RAIN by Keith Huff

Wednesday 9th April - Saturday 10th May

A Steady Rain chronicles love and rag on the streets of Chicago where one oridinary day a deadly error of judgement sends the lives of two cops spinning out of control. Joey and Denny, best friends since childhood, are practically family. Joey helps out with Denny's wife and kids; Denny keeps Joey away from the bottle. But when a routine domestic disturbance turns into something terrifying and tragic, it is clear someone must bear responsibility.

A dark two-hander, filled with sharp storytelling and biting repartee, A Steady Rain opened on Broadway in 2009 starring Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig.


Thursday 29th May - Saturday 28th June

This multi-award-winning play, brimmmung with wonderful characters, is set in 1905 in New York City where Esther, a black seamstress, sews exquisite lingerie for clients who range from wealthy white patrons to prostitutes. he has saved enough to allow her to dream of one day opening a beauty salon for black women, and at 35 years old, longs for a husband and a future. When she begins to receive beautiful letters from a lonesome Caribbean man who is working on the Panama Canal, it looks like life may be about to take a different course.




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