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A Red Stitch and Critical Stages touring production

American Song

by Joanna Murray-Smith

As part of QUT's commitment to our community's health and safety and in consultation with the producers, we are cancelling all performances of American Song on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 March 2020.

The Australian Government has announced a ban on all non-essential indoor gatherings of 100 persons or more, and QUT Gardens Theatre will be complying fully with this precautionary measure.

Ticket buyers will be provided with a full refund of the ticket price.

If only you could find the moment that started everything.

Andy's experience is common to many of us; the slow accumulation of a good life: love, work, friendship, family. As he heads off to work to give the biggest presentation of his career, he wishes his teenage son Robbie goodbye. Eight hours later, everything has changed.

American Song tackles the confronting and heartbreaking issue of gun violence, reaching beyond national or cultural borders in an intimate exploration of love, forgiveness and parental responsibility. With Murray-Smith's characteristically deft wit and compassion she makes a difficult topic thoroughly gripping, wryly humorous and deeply moving.

Written by Joanna Murray-Smith
Directed by Tom Healey
Starring Joe Petruzzi
Set and Costume Designer Darryl Cordell
Lighting Designer Bronwyn Pringle
Composer & Sound Designer Patrick Cronin

American Song is one of Joanna Murray-Smith's most mature, refined and important works... interesting... individual and universal... Petruzzi is such a good fit for the role... powerful and so well directed by Tom Healy.


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