Following a successful run in Brisbane, PlayHavoc in association with Ad Astra is thrilled to be bringing Stephen Sachs’ iconic play, Bakersfield Mist, to Byron Theatre for three performances on 15, 16 and 17 June.
Maude Gutman, an unemployed bartender living in a trailer park in the Californian desert, believes the painting she bought in a thrift store for three dollars, as a gag gift, is really an undiscovered Jackson Pollock that is worth millions. Is this the find of the century or simply a clever forgery?
When eminent New York art historian and expert Lionel Percy arrives at Maude’s trailer to evaluate the painting, the two embark on a fiery debate over class, truth, and what we personally perceive as valuable. Inspired by true events, Bakersfield Mist asks vital questions about what makes art and people truly authentic.
A taut, hilarious and poignant drama with two larger-than-life characters refusing to shift their perspectives; Lionel’s ‘the picture is a fake,’ and Maude’s ‘the picture is genuine’. A battle of class, education, common sense and experience – get ready for the rollercoaster ride that is Bakersfield Mist.
‘Grives brings a strong vocal quality and undeniably believable passion to his character, says Annabel Gilbert of Theatre Haus. ‘Kennedy paves pathos into her crafted characterisation… we find ourselves warming to Maude’s character and understanding her world,’ says Meredith Walker of Blue Curtains, Brisbane.
Maude’s home is wonderfully captured by Bill Haycock’s superb stage design. Every detail has been meticulously considered and carefully placed to create a space where you feel that you are sitting with the central characters inside Maude’s trailer.
Jennifer Flowers’ vast experience, both as a performer and director, means she knows how to please an audience. As the Director of Bakersfield Mist, Jennifer has created a production that is a joy to watch.
Only at Byron Theatre for three performances. This international hit comedy drama and clever battle of wits is not to be missed. For more information contact Byron Theatre or book via the address below for Bakersfield Mist (byron.sales.ticketsearch.com/sales/salesevent/108154)
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