Chris Croyden's new play, How to Survive an Earthquake was workshopped with Katherine Thomson during the inaugural Stage and Screen Residency at Varuna in 2011 and will be produced at La Mama Courthouse in Melbourne (14 August – 1 September). Bookings are now open at www.trybooking.com/CSVV.
It is the story of two sisters, who need to make a seismic shift to repair their relationship. Stephanie (Jessica Gerger) is a UN civilian peacekeeper and trained nurse whose work has taken her to many war and disaster zones. She suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and has most recently completed a reconstruction mission in Haiti, where she met with a violent and disillusioned French soldier (Wayne Pearn), who’s also deeply traumatised by his experiences. At home in Melbourne her younger sister, Jane, (Sarah Plummer) has spent years caring for their sick mother, and harbours a deep resentment towards Stephanie. Her bitterness is heightened by Stephanie’s past affair with her ex-husband, Jake, (Andrew Robb) and the subsequent birth of Jane’s stillborn child. The sisters are reunited on the eve of their mother’s funeral where their stories gradually unravel, and they navigate a way from embattled hurt towards forgiveness.
Katherine's feedback on this play in the first stage of its development and the workshopping with the other writers was most helpful. I hope Varuna runs another Stage and Screen Residency soon as I'd love to be part of it.
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