To miss this achievement in contemporary theatre is to miss one of the most important plays of the 20th century.
Set in 1985 New York City, this ground-breaking drama follows Prior Walter, a young gay man diagnosed with AIDS and abandoned by his lover. Desperate and alone, he is visited in a dream by an angel that brands him a prophet and tasks him with saving humanity from themselves.
As if this wasn’t a big enough burden, Walter must navigate a mineﬁeld of the fantastic and the mundane, including Mormons, a communist hating homophobic lawyer and a drug-addicted housewife, as well as his own feelings of abandonment and disenchantment.
Beloved by fans and critics alike, this modern masterpiece has won every award worth winning in theatre, including the Tony Award for Best Play, twice, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Presented as part of the Winter Arts Festival 2016
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ NEW YORK DRAMA CRITICS' CIRCLE AWARD FOR BEST PLAY (1993)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ TONY AWARD FOR BEST PLAY (1993, 1994)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ PULITZER PRIZE FOR DRAMA (1993)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 11 EMMY AWARDS (2004)
By arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, on behalf of Josef Weinberger London
The programme is available for download here. Please note some images may appear blurry. Programmes are available for purchase from the State Theatre Centre foyers for $5.00.
"Cherry’s last hurrah pulls out all the stops, and it raises dozens of questions, so strap yourself in and take the ride." Australian Stage
★★★★½ "The union of great writing and captivating performance in Black Swan’s latest production is a theatregoer’s delight. An intelligent and striking production." Limelight Magazine
★★★★ "Black Swan’s production of this iconic story is outstanding, a touching piece of theatre that is visually impressive and emotionally stirring." Out in Perth
"A very fine and powerful human drama...thoughtfully directed by Kate Cherry, and with excellent work from all five principal actors." The West AustralianBuy Tickets
- Adam Booth
- Stuart Halusz
- Felicity McKay
- Jo Morris
- Will O'Mahony
- Kenneth Ransom
- Toni Scanlan
- John Stanton
Directed by Kate Cherry
Assistant Director Joe Lui
- Set & Costume Designer
- Christina Smith
- Lighting Designer
- Matt Scott
- Sound Designer
- Ash Gibson Greig
- Fight Director
- Andy Fraser
- Movement Director
- Lisa Scott Murphy
Dates28 May - 19 Jun
VenueHeath Ledger Theatre
WarningAdult themes, coarse language, frontal male nudity, simulated sex and smoking of herbal cigarettes