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Wine Lips by Sam Brooks


Thu 28 Aug 2014, 9:30pm
Fri 29 Aug 2014, 7:00pm
Fri 29 Aug 2014, 9:30pm
Sat 30 Aug 2014, 7:00pm
Sat 30 Aug 2014, 9:30pm

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

Restrictions: All Ages

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Listed by: Elephant Publicity

Written & Directed By Sam Brooks
Starring Chelsea Mcewan Millar & Nic Sampson

Award-winner Sam Brooks takes you out of the theatre and throws you into the dark recesses of the green room, where shared histories and awkward memories smack lips in the mirror. Wine Lips, playing the Basement Studio from August 26th, invites you into the backstage world of the theatrical performer…

"Backstage at his new show, Scotty has invited actor and ex-girlfriend Brit to share a bottle of wine with him.

She brings the wine, he brings the unpleasant memories.

They both bring the quarter life crisis."

For a majority of people, what happens behind-the-scenes in a theatre is a magical and unknown world. For the actors however it's a bastion of nerves, excitement and revelation. After exploring site-specific work in his highly commended play Riding in Cars with (Mostly Straight) Boys, where the actors spent the entirety of the performance in and around a parked car, Brooks this time brings us to the belly of the stage beast; opening theatrical opening the doors and taking us into a world of mirrors and - let's face it - booze.

A back-to-back winner of Playmarket’s “Playwrights b4 25” in 2012 and 2013, Brooks has seen six of his works produced at the Basement Theatre and earnt a shortlist nomination for the ADAM Award for And I Was Like two years ago. Having worked in a variety of roles Auckland Theatre Company and Massive Company and an almost weekly-reviewing column for The Lumiere Reader, Brooks has quickly become a pillar of Auckland’s theatrical scene.

Perhaps as familiar as the décor of The Basement itself are the two leads in Brooks’ work – Nic Sampson and Chelsea McEwan Millar.

From film to television to the stage, Nic Sampson and Chelsea McEwan Millar are two well credited performers who are coming together on stage for the second time (after 2011’s smash These Are The Skeletons Of Us) for this arrested development comedy. With a combined resume that incudes performances in Power Rangers, Go Girls and US film Emperor, Sampson has twice worked with Auckland Theatre Company (Black Confetti, End of the Golden Weather), has joined the writing team of TV3’s popular late-night programme Jono and Ben @ Ten, while also being part of the weekly fast-paced improv group SNORT.

Chelsea in many ways could be called a resident of The Basement, performing in seven shows over the course of four years at the venue – performing in The Slap-Dash Assassin, Eigengrau, Love After Dark and Hummingbird, the latter directed by Nic Sampson himself. She has also acted in popular NZ film Under the Mountain and for the Fortune Theatre in Dunedin in In The Next Room (or The Vibrator Play).

This triumvirate of Auckland theatrical types only adds to the honest, authentic nature of this site-specific work (held literally in the green room of The Basement, no less), and once again sets Brooks, Sampson and McEwan Millar as three leading lights within the community.

“His sweet coming-of-age comedy, Riding in Cars with (Mostly Straight) Boys, was performed in the Basement carpark with such natural panache by Dan Veint and Calum Gittins, that even when they kissed, I saw only characters, not actors.” Janet McAllister, The New Zealand Herald on Riding in Cars with (Mostly Straight) Boys

“Out-standing.” James Wenley, Theatrescenes on Queen

Tickets: $20

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