It’s the first week of No:Intermission, a new short theatre festival celebrating Australian work presented by Theatre Travels. The two opening pieces for the festival cover the murky interconnection of share houses and the sinister overlapping of photography and blood.
Jeff and Hunter have three weeks to write a brand new musical to submit to the New York Musical Theatre Festival so, for lack of a better idea, they write a show about the process of writing a show. As a love letter to musical theatre and homage to the creative industry in general, [title of show] follows in the footsteps of great writer duos to explore friendship, creativity, and the journey through self-doubt.
PARADE is a show that fits at the intersection of a few pertinent global discussions: racial and religious persecution, misogyny and violence against women, and a lighter resurgence of American historical musicals. Perhaps the consistent feeling that the political climate of the United States is sliding further and further into the past is calling people to turn to staged political events with clearer moral codes and reliable heros’ journeys. Whatever the reason, director Hayden Tonazzi’s desire to add purpose and meaning to the society’s choice of major production is a commendable one.