Award winning, renowned local actress Emily Child will be making her directorial debut this month. She will be helming the one man play ‘Nocturne’, starring Francis Chouler, which will be showing at the Alexander Bar upstairs theatre from September 10 to 21, at 7pm nightly.
15 years ago, in Joliet, Illinois, a 17-year-old accidentally runs over and kills his 9-year-old sister in a ’69 Buick Electra while driving home from his summer job. The event cracks his life wide open. As the unnamed narrator flees his childhood home to restart his life in a bookshop in New York City, he has nothing but old memories and new books to rebuild his world.
‘Nocturne’ is the honest and unconventionally moving story of a man dealing with the effects of a life altering incident. It is a clear, arresting recollection of love, hilarity and pain as well as a boldly inspiring reminder of what it is to be human.
Chouler (‘Cardenio’, ‘Born in the RSA’, ‘Cock’, ‘Over There’) graduated from the University of Cape Town with a theatre and performance degree in 2010 and has long dreamed of performing a one man play. Nine years later, the perfect play found its way into his hands.
Child, multiple Fleur du Cap award winning actor (‘Decadence’, ‘The Pervert Laura’, ‘The Father’, ‘Road to Mecca’) makes her directorial debut with this brutal, compelling and beautiful text.
Adam Rapp, who wrote ‘Nocturne’, is an American novelist, playwright, screenwriter, musician and film director. His play, ‘Red Light Winter’, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2006. Nocturne was first staged in 2001 at the New York Theatre Workshop.
‘Nocturne’ was awarded Boston’s Elliot Norton Award for Best New Script as well as Best New Play by the independent Reviewers of New England. It was chosen as one of the ten “Best Plays of 2000-2001’ by the annual Chronicle of U.S Theatre.
* Tickets are R140 at the door; or R120 online, when booked through www.shows.alexanderbar.co.za.
The Alexander Bar upstairs theatre is on 76 Strand Street, Cape Town CBD.
For more information, call 079 199 9078.