Three decades before he wrote Long Day’s Journey into Night, Eugene O’Neill wrote a sprawling and adventurous masterpiece the likes of which Broadway had never seen. Almost a century later, there is still no other play like Strange Interlude.
Twenty-year-old Nina Leeds has lost the love of her life in the war. Overcome with grief, she quits university, falls out with her father and moves away from home. What follows is a breathtaking journey through 25 years in Nina’s life, as she pursues a series of sexual flings to console herself, eventually settles down in a comfortable but unexciting marriage with Sam Evans, then begins a 15-year affair with his best friend Ned Darrell. One of the few modern plays to interweave soliloquy and dialogue, Strange Interlude offers a touching insight into the minutiae of our daily worries, joys and hopes, set against the vast backdrop of life’s irreversible decisions.
Emily Barclay (The Seagull, That Face, Gethsemane) takes on one of the great female roles of twentieth-century drama. In the vein of his 2011 rewrite of Ibsen’s The Wild Duck, wunderkind Simon Stone creates a contemporary version of this truly amazing Pulitzer Prize winner.
Please note: Strange Interlude contains some nudity and low-level coarse language.
By Simon Stone after Eugene O’Neill
Director Simon Stone
Set Designer Robert Cousins
Costume Designer Mel Page
Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
Composer & Sound Designer Stefan Gregory
Composition & Sound Design Secondment Marty Jamieson
Stage Manager Eva Tandy
Assistant Stage Manager Rebecca Poulter
…this brilliant and thoughtful production is another sign that he [Simon Stone] is a director to be taken seriously.John McCallum | The Australian
…astonishing and rare and deeply moving…Darryn King | Time Out
It’s heart-wrenching, agonising and yet full of gut-bustingly funny, sharply written dialogue.Chris Hook | The Daily Telegraph
Honouring the eccentricity of the original while allowing us to have some fun at its expense, Strange Interlude is a fascinating work of theatreJason Blake | Sydney Morning Herald