Sydney Theater Company co-artistic directors Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton launched the 2011 main stage season Monday with a distinctly European flavor.
The season’s focus on playwrights such as Brits Joe Orton and Harold Pinter and Russia’s Mikhail Bulgakov is a counterpoint to the current season that has a Stateside bias.
The only U.S. play in the 2011 season is Broadway hit “In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play” by Sarah Ruhl, which bows Feb. 11.
“What we had hoped to do this year is to place Australian work in the international context and in dialogue with international works and this year the dialogue was more European,” Blanchett said.
She will star in the local bow of German scribe Botho Strauss’ “Gross und Klein” (Big and Small), which closes the season and runs Nov. 16-Dec. 23, 2011.
Upton-helmed “The White Guard” by Bulgakov and starring Miranda Otto (“South Solitary”) is set to kick off June 7. Upton’s adaptation was commissioned by London’s National Theater where it bowed earlier this year to good reviews.
Blanchett said, “Part of what we set out to do this year is to find some great roles for women, we have an extraordinary range of female talent here and obviously Miranda is one of those.”
Richard Cottrell will direct Orton’s “Loot,” which begins its run Sept. 12, followed by Pinter’s “No Man’s Land,” bowing Oct. 28, 2011, starring Peter Carroll and John Gaden.