PERVIEW: TUES 1O JUNE 2014
SEASON: WEDS 10 - SAT 14 JUNE
TRILOGY: JUNE 1, 8, 15
The Lonesome West
The brothers of The Lonesome West have no sooner buried their father than they are resuming the vicious and trivial quarrel that has been the chief focus of their lives. Can the ultimate gesture of a local priest save them from destroying each other before it's too late?
Directed: John Banas
Producer: Keith Brockett
Assistant Director: Kade Greenland
Set / Costume Design: Casey-Scott Corless
Design Assistant: Alexandra Hiller
Lighting Designer: Kris Chainey
Sound Designer: Nick McCorriston
Stage Manager: Kiaya Edwards
Publicist: Amaya Courtis
MARK DIACO ( VALENE CONNOR )
Mark trained in New York at Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and The William Esper Studio. Performing off boadway in Sam Shepard’s classic satire True West. Mark returned to Melbourne co‐founding the theatre company Human Sacrifice Theatre (HST). Among his stage credits include performances in critically acclaimed plays such as David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Glengarry Glen Ross, Speed the plow, the Rock-&-Roll black comedy Mojo by Jez Butterworth, Stephen Belber’s TAPE, Stephen Aldy Guirgis’ courtroom classic The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and the Australian premiere of Sam Shepard‘s The Late Henry Moss.
Mark also played the iconic character Randle P. McMurphy in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.
In 2012 Mark co-founded yet another theatre company The KIN Collective premiering their first production Glimpse to a packed fortyfivedownstairs. His feature film credits in 2013 include Vessel and Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, as well as writing/directing/acting his first film Half Way.
Mark is currectly in production for the short film Avoiding Brando and feature film The Bronze, then back on stage for Black Water's theatre Production of Killer Joe by Pulitzer Prize playwright Tracy Letts.
LAURA MAITLAND ( GIRLEEN KELLEHER )
Laura holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts from the University of Melbourne, and trained at the VCA in 2005. Before moving to Melbourne she worked with Shakespearience and The Big Hoo-Haa in Perth, and appeared as Medea at His Majesty’s Theatre. In 2006 she played Lady Macbeth in White Whale Theatre’s acclaimed production of Macbeth ReArisen, which toured to the Edinburgh Fringe.Her theatre credits include leading roles in Melbourne productions of Attempts on Her Life, Melburnalia, Europe, Tabula Rasa, Rhinoceros, RSVP, Mirror, Mirror and Segue. She also voiced the title role in Claire Hooper’s radio comedy series I Love Lulu. In 2010 she appeared in Smudged as part of The Brisbane Festival, and in The Artisan Collective’s Sydney season of Breathe a Little and Call it Life. Laura was invited to perform a guest role in Patricia Cornelius’ Taxi as part of the 2011 Big West Festival, and was part of the ongoing development and production of Shotgun Wedding, which premiered at the 2012 Next Wave Festival. She also appeared as Capulet and Romeo in Zoey Dawson’s celebrated all-female production of Romeo and Juliet. In 2013 Laura had roles in The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Underbelly: Squizzy and Neighbours, and performed the role of Simone Chester in Yes, Prime Minister in Australia and New Zealand. Laura is a proud member of The Kin Collective, whose debut production Glimpse she directed at fortyfivedownstairs in 2012. She is also currently developing a new work with Elbow Room, in which she is playing poet Marilyn Hacker. The show will premiere at Theatreworks in July.
JAMES O’CONNELL ( COLEMAN CONNOR )
James is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts.His theatre credits include Savages (fortyfivedownstairs); Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (PONY.CHILD) and The Good Girl (PONY.CHILD / Melbourne Fringe).His television credits include Neighbours, The Doctor Blake Mysteries and Jack Irish: Dead Point.
The Lonesome West is his first production with The Kin Collective.
DEAN CARTMEL ( FATHER WELSH )
Dean graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2010. His theatre credits include: Much Ado About Nothing (Rhys McConnochie/VCA), Ghetto (Harry Fuhrmann/VCA), The Hollow (Daniel Schlusser/VCA), Six Characters in Search of an Author (La Mama), Conspiracy (La Mama), If It Bleeds (Artisan Collective), Train (OBC) Kassandra, Rule of Three, As We Mean To Go On, Now More Than Ever, and Fewer Emergencies (Elbow Room).His television credits include: The Bazura Project (ABC2), Australia on Trial (December films/ABC), Underground: The Julian Assange Story (Matchbox Pictures/Channel 10) and Fat Tony and Co (Screen Time/Channel 9).