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Motel by April Phillips


Wed 21 Aug 2013, 8:00pm
Thu 22 Aug 2013, 8:00pm
Fri 23 Aug 2013, 8:00pm
Sat 24 Aug 2013, 4:00pm
Sun 25 Aug 2013, 8:00pm

Where: The Basement, Lower Greys Avenue, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: Elephant Publicity

Finalist in the 2013 Best Play category of the SWANZ (Script Writer Awards NZ).

When the rich and famous like Whitney Houston or John Belushi die in the room of an expensive hotel, it makes the news and the establishment puts its rates up. When Sex Pistol Sid Vicious stabbed his girlfriend to death on the bathroom floor of Room 100, it put the Chelsea Hotel on the map. Everyone wants to talk to the concierge who was the target of Russell Crowe’s phone rage.

Motel, playing the Basement Theatre from August 13, is a drama of four vignettes set in one slightly seedy motel room where the unrelated stories and 'guests' are linked by the Motel Manager whose own secrets are eventually revealed.

- Jenny needs the room to have sex with a stranger.
- Pearl and Harry need the room for peace. But peace comes at a price.
- A travelling salesman who sees the world through rose tinted glasses and drinks from a glass half full, is changed forever when he meets the motel manager.
- Annabel needs the room for a casual affair, but then she meets the housekeeper from Hell.

Luxury hotels epitomise how the other half live and how the other half die. Surrounded by opulence and scandal and immortalised forever within the walls of a grand building.

But a motel is a metaphor for the life the ordinary person. You and I. The 'average Joe' who just passes through life, making no great difference to the world. We may leave a mess behind. Trash the room. Leave dirty laundry. Steal the towels. Or simply pass through unnoticed. No legacy. No accountability. We’re all just passing through.

There’s an anonymity about backwater Motel’s that’s attractive to many. Couples needing a room for illicit affairs. Cons hiding out or dealing drugs. Somewhere to lie low. Somewhere to hide.

April Phillips is the award winning New Zealand writer of international hit plays 'STiFF', and 'Death & Taxe$', and of the film 'Letter For Hope'. Phillips writes about ordinary people facing extraordinary moral dilemmas. Her aim is to create believable characters and situations that the audience will relate to so that they will leave the theatre wondering whether they themselves would have made the same choices.

The Basement Theatre season of 'motel' is the professional premiere produced by Cas’n’Ova Productions. Todd Rippon directs a cast of powerhouse stage and screen actors, including Kenneth Blackburn ONZM, Lorae Parry, Peter Hayden, Renée Sheriden, Ruth Dudding, James Trevena-Brown, Leisha Ward-Knox and Cameron Rhodes in a sequence of four provocative and thrilling stories.

Rippon has created an intimate setting for the play and poses the question: Have you ever wondered what was going on through the paper thin wall? The shouting, the banging headboard, the cackles, the screams, the sudden silence? Those titillating sounds that intrigue and tease.

’Motel’: Come… be a fly on the wall.

Motel plays:
13th – 24th August 2013, 8.00 pm
4.00 pm Matinees on Saturday 17th and Saturday 24th
The Basement, Lower Greys Avenue, Auckland CBD
Tickets: 25 - $30 (booking fees may apply)
Bookings: iTicket – or 09 361 1000

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