As the Matariki stars shine down, an intimate and poetic new play from one of our most respected playwrights, Briar Grace Smith, opens at the ASB Waterfront Theatre. When Sun & Moon Collide, playing 20 June – 6 July, is a home-grown thriller set under the brooding Tararua ranges.
Arts Laureate Briar Grace-Smith is one of New Zealand’s most playwrights and her works have been staged at festivals throughout the world.
Internationally regarded actor Rawiri Paratene will direct, having recently returned from playing Polonius and Claudius in the Shakespeare’s Globe ‘Globe to Globe’ tour of Hamlet, which visited every country in the world.
ATC welcomes back Kura Forrester (Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses, Perplex, The Opening Night Before Christmas) and Jack Buchanan (Peer Gynt: recycled, Don Juan, A Servant To Two Masters). And making their debut with the company is regular film and TV actor Joe Dekkers Reihana (30 Days of Night, Time Trackers, Fog) and recent graduate Emily Campbell (Like There’s No Tomorrow, FLAPS).
The creative team includes set and costume designer Dan Williams (Pitchfork Disney, Angels in America, BOYS, Curtain Call) who will transform the magnificent ASB Waterfront Theatre into an intimate Kiwi tearoom.. Five-time Chapman Tripp nominee sound designer and composer Thomas Press (Rupert, The Book of Everything, Dust Pilgrim) will work with Auckland Theatre Company again after the sell-out season of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time last year.
According to Auckland Theatre Company Artistic Director, Colin McColl, “ATC has a long history of facilitating and presenting new New Zealand work. For its opening season in 1992, two original New Zealand plays were programmed. It is only fitting that the premiere season at the ASB Waterfront Theatre champions new local work, too.”
When Sun & Moon Collide runs 20 June – 6 July at the ASB Waterfront Theatre in Wynyard Quarter, and is part of Auckland Council’s Matariki Festival 2017.