From the utterly marvellous writer of Neighbourhood Watch and The Cat comes a modern romance about wanderlust, love and karate. Lally Katz has spent the past decade turning her life into a series of hilarious and theatrically gorgeous plays. This time it’s her parents’ turn. (Though said parents want to make it very clear Katz has taken considerable creative licence!)

After nearly losing his mind in the abandon of drugs and free love that epitomised 1960s America, young Danny (Harry Greenwood The Glass Menagerie) finds his way again with the help of an enigmatic sensei (Natsuko Mineghishi). At the sensei’s New Jersey karate dojo, he meets Jerry (Fayssel Bazzi Ivanov), another lost soul who happens to have an interesting and attractive sister called Lois… (Catherine Davies The Kiss).

Meanwhile, in present-day Australia, Danny (Brian Lipson) is an old man, holding vigil at Lois’ bedside, performing endless karate katas. When his long-lost grandchild reappears at the hospital, it’s clear Patti’s grappling with some demons of her own. After two years absent, she arrives in a state of crisis, desperate, high and hurting from a relationship breakdown. She’s also undergoing gender transition. Can Danny and Patti find a way to be a family again?

Inspired by the true events that brought Dan and Lois Katz together, Back at the Dojo features a glorious and varied parade of characters, a real-life karate master, choreographed karate sequences and the incomparable Luke Mullins (Angels in America, The Glass Menagerie) as Patti.

Belvoir joins forces with legendary Melbourne company Stuck Pigs Squealing for this ravishing, nourishing story about the myths families live by.

Notes for Editors

18 June – 17 July 2016
8pm Saturday 18 June
6.30pm Sunday 19 June
8pm Tuesday 21 June
Opening Night
8pm Wednesday 22 June
Unwaged Performance
2pm Thursday 14 July
Sunday Forum
3pm 17 July
Tuesday 6.30pm, Wednesday to Friday 8pm
Saturday 2pm & 8pm, Sunday 5pm
Full from $72, Seniors/Industry/Group $62, Concession $49, Previews $40, 30 Down $47, Student Saver $37
*Belvoir’s ticket prices can be dynamically adjusted either up or down without notice. This can apply to a small number of tickets in response to demand for a specific performance date or time.
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25 Belvoir St, Surry Hills
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