LIPSTICK

BY LANE STANLEY

Photographer: Becky Matthews

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?

 

An Australian premiere production, especially adapted by playwright Lane Stanley for Sydney audiences. 

PRODUCTIONS:

24-27th March 2021

Chippen Street Theatre 

Produced as part of the 2021 NO: INTERMISSION Festival 

 AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

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Publicity

Program

The Cast

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ROWAN BRUNT

Rowan is a Sydney theatre maker with a passion for exciting new work particularly work that is Australian, queer, rural and inclusive of our entire colourful industry . Most recently, if you know where to look you could of found Rowan playing Adam in “Queenslander” by Tremayne Gordon (N:I 2019 Theatre Travels), Dan Kelly in “Ned: A New Australian Musical” (Plush Duck Productions), Breeding in “The Brylcreem Boys” and just missed out on playing, due to the year that was, Osiris/ Cerebus in “Jasper in Deadland” (2020 Flight Path Theatre). Rowan also was the Assistant Director on “The Sentimental Bloke” part of Neglected Musicals at The Hayes Theatre 2019.

 

A 2017 Graduate of Federation Universities BA in Music Theatre (Sydney) Rowan played such roles as Cinderella’s Prince “Into The Woods”, Freddy Rodriguez “Working”, Jacob “Showtrain” and performed his solo cabaret “Daddies Little Farmer”. Rowan also has done further study in The Hub Studios Emerging Actors Program.

 

Rowan is a proud equity member of MEAA.

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GIA COHEN

Gia is a Sydney based theatre maker who has recently graduated the NIDA Actors Studio (2020) course while completing her theatre major at the University of Notre Dame (UNDA).

Gia has written, directed and performed an array of work while studying, going as far as America to perform alongside her fellow thespians.

This is her second time with Theatre Travels in the NO : INTERMISSION festival.

In 2019 she played Jessica in the beloved Infidelity & Enlightenment.

Gia is excited to bring to stage another fantastic comedy and to be part of the show’s Australian premiere.

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JORDANA WEGMAN

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!

KEVIN T S VUN

Kevin first began his foray into the arts by training at London's City Academy, and after receiving glowing reviews from his teachers and colleagues to pursue his craft, he then completed his training at Sydney's AFTT, and continues to explore his craft through improv theatre, singing, and writing. Kevin's past roles on stage have been Felix in Neil Simon's The Odd Couple, and as George Orwell's Winston, in 1984. Kevin has also been seen in commercial work, student films, and is excited to be returning to the "play" component to the creative arts, and looks forward to bringing this to the fore with his debut at Theatre Travels. 

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MAX BELMONTE

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.

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PHOEBE ATKINSON

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. 

SUSAN LING YOUNG

Susan is an Australian born Chinese Actor.  A graduate of ACTT (in Music Theatre Performance) and the Advanced Actor’s Studio, at NIDA.  

Feature Film credits include 24 HOURS TO LIVE,  UNINDIAN. Television credits include HUNGRY GHOSTS (SBS), RECKONING, STREET SMART (Channel 10), PET KILLER (International Streaming TV comedy), REDFERN NOW (ABC), SOUL MATES (ABC2) and DEADLY WOMEN (CNN).  Theatre credits include A DEAL (Chippen St Theatre), NOLI ME TANGERE (Riverside Theatre, Parramatta), Creative Development Workshop for MONKEY, JOURNEY TO THE WEST.

With over 20 years experience as a former Registered Nurse, Susan won the Best Film Award (as Director/ Writer/ Co-Producer & Designer), for the 2010 NSW Nurses Association Short Film Festival, celebrating International Nurses Day.

As an Adorned Artist (with fellow Artist makers based at the Parramatta Artists Studios in Rydalmere), Susan has also exhibited wearable art, photographic/video installations at Riverside Theatre, Mosman Art Gallery, Blindside Gallery (Melbourne), Mundubbera Regional Art Gallery (Queensland).

LIPSTICK is Susan’s first production working proudly with Theatre Travels.

Creatives

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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 www.lanemichaelstanley.com and www.addictnamedhal.com.

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LAURA HEUSTON: 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'.

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MADELEINE DIGGINS: ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Madeleine is thrilled to be apart of the creative team of Lipstick as apart of the No Intermission Festival. Madeleine completed the Stella Adler Studio of Acting Professional Conservatory, New York and studied at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade, New York. Madeleine also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Theatre and Performance) at the U.N.S.W completing a research internship with Sydney Theatre Company. She is currently studying a MFA in Directing at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts.

In 2018 Madeleine was appointed Artistic Director of Swag Theatre Company, New York. Madeleine oversaw readings of new works and directed the New York premiere of Ladies Day by Alana Valentine. Madeleine also worked alongside The New Georges, a company that supports and provides opportunities for female and LGBTQI artists.

Madeleine worked as an Assistant Director under Fiona Finley at The Drama Studio for five years, Assistant Directing over thirty new Australian works including full-length musicals, ten-minute plays as part of their Final Draft program and ten- minute plays as part of their Young Playwrights Project, plays written by students aged sixteen and under. Madeleine was also appointed Assistant Director of Edelweiss Pirates and Tuesday as part of the National Theatre of

London’s ‘Connections’ Festival.

Additional directing credits in New York include: Death and Botany (Stella Adler Studio of Acting) and Lockout (Off-Off Broadway). Assistant Directing credits in New York include A Bright Room Called Day (Stella Adler Studio of Acting).

The Crew

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SIMONE WANG

Simone Wang is a current Bachelor of Arts (Performance Studies & Sociology) student at the University of Sydney. Her production credits include Associate Director to Tiffany Wong, Ching Chong Chinaman (Slanted Theatre); Production Manager for A Deal (Flying House Assembly); Assistant Director to Lillian Smith, Rhinoceros in Love, and Producer for 1984!The Musical! (Sydney University Dramatic Society).

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LIZ JAMESON 

Liz has spent the last two years living and working as an SM in Toronto, Canada, where she mainly concentrated on dance and site-specific performances. She recently arrived back in the Land of Aus, and is happy to be returning to her one true love, theatre. Prior to moving, Liz helmed more Shakespeare than you can shake a stick at with Secret House, and worked on the Aus/NZ tour of the West End hit Peter Pan Goes Wrong.

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GEORGIA CONDON

 

Georgia is a Sydney-based sound designer and composer, specialising in theatre and film. She made her sound-design debut with Sydney University Dramatic Society (SUDS) four years ago. Since then, she has worked on over forty projects with various production groups, including: The New Theatre; Gensian Theatre Company; SUDS; Perrenial Theatre Company; Queen's University Theatre Company; NO::INTERMISSION Theatre Festival 2019; and various Sydney Fringe Festival productions.

 

Her most recent productions include: Picnic at Hanging Rock (Tom Wright); Venus of Marrickville (Komninos); Kill Climate Deniers (David Finnigan); Younger and Smaller (Amelia Newman); Bleach (Dan Ireland-Reeves); and Girl Shut Your Mouth (Gita Bezard)
 

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MARK BELL

Mark is an emerging playwright, director and theatre maker based in Sydney. They’re currently studying Creative Writing at University of Technology Sydney, and a Diploma of Production Design at TAFE. They recently directed and wrote their debut play, Alan Turing, Joan of Arc and Vincent Van Gogh Walk Into A Bar, at the Cellar Theatre. They’ve helped bring childhood characters to life as a Producer on Shelf Life (dir. Eric Jiang), as well as worked as Co-Set Designer on Orlando (dir. Sean Landis), Set Designer for the University of Sydney’s Dramatic Society’s Major production Macbeth (dir. Lincoln Gidney) at PACT, and A Room With A View (dir. Mark Nagle) at the Genesian Theatre.

JAMES BURCHETT 

James is a sydney-based actor, designer, and dramaturge with a passion for new and reimagined works.

James graduated Design Centre Enmore with an Advanced Diploma of Live Performance Design and Sydney Theatre School with an Advanced Diploma of Acting. He has also been studying classical voice for the past 10 years.

No:Intermission marks James' first design work in the industry and he can't wait for everyone to see the incredible stories borne of this collaboration.

WILLIAM DUKE 

William has just finished his second year at the University of Sydney, majoring in Film Studies and English Literature. Directing and writing short-films since the age of sixteen, William has been involved in a variety of film and theatre productions, including a behind-the-scenes documentary of the 2016 NIDA musical, Crazy For You. Most recently, he worked on Coda, a short-film co-produced by the Sydney Opera House and award-winning film director Thomas Wilson White. William is eager to continue his love of film and theatre here at Theatre Travels. 

Photographer: Carly Fisher