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When:

Thu 21 Jun 2007–Sat 21 Jul 2007

Where: Silo Theatre, Lower Greys Ave, CBD, Auckland

Listed by: rooster

Shortland Street’s distinction in New Zealand’s illustrious media industry takes up residency in the intimate Silo Theatre on June 21 as stars Fleur Saville and Kip Chapman join up with the soap’s director Caroline Bell Booth as she undertakes Kenneth Longeran’s latest play, Lobby Hero.

A brutal homicide in a Manhattan high-rise lobby is investigated by a quartet of dysfunctional law enforcers who become inextricably bound to one another and their separate fates are placed accidentally into each others hands.

Jeff, a wiseass slacker stuck as a night shift security guard, the self-made man of integrity and enterprise, supervisor William, rookie cop on the cusp of an assault charge Dawn and sexually over-charged, self admiring rebel Bill are all examined during the course of the multi-award nominated play, beginning it’s month long run at Silo Theatre on June 21st.

Lonergan’s playwriting ability has heralded a myriad of accolades; nominated for an Academy award for his screenplay for Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York as well as providing screen-plays for the Billy Crystal/Robert de Niro hit Analyze This, Longergan’s playwriting was a pre-requisite for the silver screen, with the popular The Waverly Gallery and successful debut This Is Our Youth.

Lobby Hero director Caroline Bell Booth is no stranger to Lonergan’s writing; interspersed with her work directing the 2002 Wellington Fringe Festival award winner French Toast, popular television drama Shortland Street and her Silo Theatre directorial debut, the double season sellout Under Milkwood. Caroline directed Lonergan’s acclaimed work This Is Our Youth in 2005, which became her second sell out season at the Silo Theatre, making her a coveted member of the arts industry as well as a faithful fan of Lonergan’s work.

Lobby Hero also bring together a cast of New Zealand’s brightest acting talent. Shortland Street’s Fleur Saville is no stranger to the stage having performed in New Gold Dream, Joseph and the Dreamcoat and The Sound of Music, while Kip Chapman takes time away from television series The Hothouse to build on his body of theatrical work which includes Hamlet, Cut Out and the Silo Theatre production of Macbeth.The exceptional talents of actors Colin Moy (In My Fathers Den) and Jarod Rawiri (The Prophet, Korero Mai) join the cast for this vivid comment on contemporary society.

“Unique themes and outstanding performances make this Lobby Hero nearly irresistible.” – Seattle Review

LOBBY HERO plays
Silo Theatre 21 June – 21 July 2007
Directed by Catherine Bell Booth, featuring Fleur Saville, Kip Chapman, Jarod Rawiri and Colin Moy
Shows start 8pm
Bookings through Ticketmaster on 09 970 9700 or www.ticketmaster.co.nz
Tickets: $18-$30 (booking fees may apply)

For more information contact publicist:
Michelle Lafferty, elephantpublicity@paradise.net.nz
Or +64 9 3684180

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