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Unitec Y2 Plays: Can't Pay! Won't Pay! & Asphalt Kiss

Unitec Y2 Plays: Can't Pay! Won't Pay! & Asphalt Kiss

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When:

  • Fri 30 Sep ’11, 7:00pm – 9:15pm
  • Sat 1 Oct ’11, 7:00pm – 9:15pm
  • Mon 3 Oct ’11, 7:00pm – 9:15pm
  • Tue 4 Oct ’11, 7:00pm – 9:15pm
  • Wed 5 Oct ’11, 7:00pm – 9:15pm
  • Thu 6 Oct ’11, 7:00pm – 9:15pm
  • Fri 7 Oct ’11, 7:00pm – 9:15pm
  • Sat 8 Oct ’11, 7:00pm – 9:15pm
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Where:

Unitec Theatre, Entry 1, 139 Carrington Rd, Mt Albert

Restrictions:

R15

Ticket Information:

  • Adults: $15.00
  • Concession, Unwaged, Unitec staff/grads (with ID): $10.00
  • Students (with ID): $5.00

Unitec presents two symbolic plays by leading Italian Pulitzer Prize winning performer/playwright, Dario Fo and Brazil’s most eminent playwright, Nelson Rodrigues, performed by Unitec’s talented Year Two acting class; one a tragi-comedy, the other a political satire. Both plays deal with social issues still relevant, and very real, today.

The Asphalt Kiss by Nelson Rodrigues
Directed by Paul Gittins (Shortland Street/Xena: Warrior Princess)

Nelson Rodriquez is considered Brazil’s most eminent playwright but has only recently been discovered in the English speaking world. In The Asphalt Kiss a bystander in the street commits an act of compassion which sets in motion a chain of events leading to alarming conclusions. The Asphalt Kiss is a fascinating, high-octane blend of comedy and tragedy; the characters are vibrant and full blooded with the pulse of the Brazilian Samba running through them. Respectability barely conceals a seething ferment of hidden desires. Who would have thought a bus too fast around the corner in a busy Rio de Janeiro street could lead to such exposure of people's dark intentions.

Can’t Pay! Won’t Pay! By Dario Fo
Directed by Pedro Ilgenfritz (Alfonsina, One by One)

Dario Fo is Italy's leading contemporary playwright and performer, renowned throughout the world for his dazzling radical satires. Can't Pay! Won't Pay! challenges the audience to abandon political cynicism and take to the streets! The play depicts hundreds of housewives, confronted by ever-rising food prices, taking what they want from supermarket shelves and paying only what they can pay, if at all. Written in 1974 the play speaks loud and clear to 2011 and the difficulties faced by New Zealanders managing an over-stretched household budget. Fo’s barbed satirical darts are sharpened by wild slapstick humour and empathy for the working family on struggle street.

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