BY LANE STANLEY
Anna is waiting in her apartment for her date, but is it a date, or are they just ‘Gal-Pals’? Meanwhile, her best friend, Mal, has dozens of internet dates knocking on the door and to make matters worse, Anna’s former lover turns up having bailed on her wedding to win her back.
Her date is having an identity crisis, her ex is hiding in her bathroom, Mal’s mother has turned up for a surprise visit from out of town...and all this is happening whilst her landlord is trying to fit the broken bathtub with a butt plug.
Lipstick is a glorious, fast paced, Queer farce where everything seems to go wrong and you’re never quite sure who is behind the door!
Will everyone get their happy ending?
Or will someone just end up with lipstick on their face?
Anthony has a longstanding passion for theatre, with credits fully spanning from the comedic to the dramatic. His roles with Macquarie University’s DRAMAC include Katurian in The Pillowman (2019), John Stone in Death by Chocolate (2019), Clay in The Red Planet (2016), Bottom in Ill Met by Moonlight (2015) and ensemble cast member for its annual Comedy Revue (2015-6, 2018). He has also performed with Sydney University’s SUDS as John/Earnest in The Importance of Being Earnest (2018) and Bill in Every Second (2018). Anthony also worked with The Lower Garden Theatre Company in 2018, performing a monologue from The Spotted Man.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Anthony’s production team credits within DRAMAC include being a Director for SuperRev (2019), Assistant Director for The Auditioners (2017) and LOVE (2017), and Producer for Comrev: Declassified (2017). He was also DRAMAC's Treasurer for 2019 and Executive Producer for Godzilla (2019).⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Lipstick will be Anthony’s first involvement with Theatre Travels and NO : INTERMISSION. He is incredibly excited for the opportunity to perform in such a diverse festival and to be as ridiculous as possible in a queer farce. Having just completed his Law and Psychology degree in 2019, he's thrilled to challenge himself with this incredible show and all its hilarity.
Gia Cohen is an emerging artist from South Africa who is studying Theatre and Literature at the University of Notre Dame. Her previous roles include performing overseas in America, performing as Mary Warren in The Crucible, and the NO : INTERMISSION festival’s debut in 2019 as Jessica in Infidelity & Enlightenment. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Gia is excited to be apart of the hilarious Lipstick cast and dive into her first role as an LGBTQ+ woman in a queer production.
Jordana Wegman is a Sydney comedian and theatremaker studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Theatre and Performance at UNSW. Last year she was seen at the Sydney Fringe Festival in By the Water Cooler, an interactive theatre experience, and Sydney Comedy Festival in the revival of the 2018 inaugural UTS Womn’s Revue, The Sealed Section (UTS CRAP), in which she was both performer and writing director. She also spearheaded the production of UNSW’s first ever queer revue, Queerpocalypse Now, as producer, writing director, and performer. Other stage credits include The Real Inspector Hound (NUTS), Arcadia (UTS Backstage), Rumours (NUTS), Hello There, We’ve Been Waiting for You (UNSW SAM) with past Belvoir director Tessa Leong, and Così (The Acting Experience). She is thrilled to be part of this production!
Max is an Actor and Voice Over Artist who also created and co-hosts the Podcast ‘Two Unemployed Actors’. Max had parts in ‘The New Adventures of Flipper’ television series in the mid 90’s and after a brief 20 year corporate career he has returned to the stage and screen in 2019. Appearing in ‘Deadly Women’ for the Discovery Channel, ‘Home & Away’, and ‘Fighting Season’ for Foxtel. Workshops with Anthony Brandon Wong and Darren Gilshenan inspired Max to get back to the stage as Felix in ‘The Odd Couple’, and a lead in the Australian Play ‘Half Yer Luck’ with the Sharkbite Theatre.
Phoebe is a passionate theatre maker and recent graduate of the Academy of Film, Theatre and Television (AFTT). Most recently Phoebe has performed with Eye Contact Theatre in Hairworm at the Old 505 Theatre and appeared in Kasia Vickery’s NIDA MFA show, Play On. Earlier last year she performed at downstairs Belvoir St as Creon in Bones at The Gate: An Antigone and as Lucy Honeychurch in A Room With a View at the Genesian Theatre. Her other credits include, The Cripple of Inishmaan and Shakespeare’s As You Like It with AFTT. Phoebe has also adapted, produced and performed in Box and Cox.
LANE STANLEY: PLAYWRIGHT
Lane Michael Stanley is a director, playwright, filmmaker, and producer, and a Founder of Cohesion Theatre Company in Baltimore, MD. Lane has won Best Director from Baltimore City Paper's Best of Baltimore 2016, The Bad Oracle, and DC Metro Theatre Arts, and received the Mayor's Individual Artist Award. They have had plays produced by many theaters, including The Barter Theater, Kitchen Dog Theater, Island City Stage, Trinity Street Players, Cohesion Theatre Company, Fells Point Corner Theater, Interrobang Theatre Company, Strand Theater, Baltimore Shakespeare Factory, Gadfly Theatre Productions, and Rapid Lemon Productions. Their short films have been shown at the REEL Recovery Film Festival in Los Angeles and New York City, and the TRANSforming Cinema Film Festival in Sheffield, UK; they are now working on a feature film called Addict Named Hal, for which they ran a successful $22,000 Kickstarter. They are an MFA Directing Candidate at the University of Texas at Austin. For more information, please visit and www.addictnamedhal.com.
LAURA HEUSTON: CO-DIRECTOR
Laura hopped on the musical theatre train at the tender age of 20, with her musical directing debut in Avenue Q with the Intercol Musical Society. Since then she has take on the role of MD for MUSE's Spring Awakening, The New Theatre's Nell Gwynn and Little Miss Sunshine, and various comedy shows, most recently Jacinta Gregory's 1980's Depression: The Musical for Sydney Fringe (which will travel to Melbourne Comedy Festival in 2020). She has band directed for Holt! The Musical, composed for Scarecrow at Sydney Fringe (2018), and SUDS' Caligula, and is half of the founding team of Happy Rainbow Friends, a queer centred theatre company that raises money for various charities. She took on her directorial debut in 2019 with their production of [title of show], and was creative director for their vaudeville showcase Flamin'.
MADELEINE DIGGINS: CO-DIRECTOR
Madeleine Diggins is a Sydney based director and is ecstatic to be working in the No Intermission play festival. Her background is in youth drama education (the drama studio, Wollongong) and she also performs a range of roles including teaching puppetry workshops for the disability trust; and assistant directing new works in collaboration with the National Theatre London. A recent graduate of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting’s professional conservatory, Madeleine is passionate about showcasing new works that collaborate with Australian artists, women, and the LGBTQI community. Career highlights was being the artistic director of Swag Theatre Company in New York, a theatre company that championed daring Australian works to international audiences, as well as working for the New George’s in New York, a female led company that supports and provides opportunities for female and LGBTQI artists. Directing credits include both a staged reading and then a full production of Ladies Day by Alana Valentine at Dixon Place and the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Death and Botany by Atticus Osborn, Lockout at the Take Ten off-off Broadway festival, and Time to go at the Wollongong Workshop Theatre. Assistant directing credits include, A bright room called day at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Connections with the National Theatre London performed at the Drama Studio, as well as many youth productions with the Drama Studio in Wollongong.