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The American Pilot At Circa

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THE By DAVID GREIG
AMERICAN
PILOT Directed by SUSAN WILSON

The American Pilot At Circa


“All I want to know is what has happened in my house.” – The Farmer

“America has happened.” – The Captain


The New Zealand premiere of acclaimed Scottish-born playwright David Greig’s fascinating and stimulating play The American Pilot opens in CIRCA One on Saturday 10th May at 8pm.

A funny, intelligent, topical and very human parable that takes a wry look at how the world sees America and America sees the world, The American Pilot combines atmospheric, poetic writing, a witty lightness of touch and a stunning climax that is both unexpected and unforgettable.

When an American plane crash-lands in a remote valley of a distant country, the residents of a small rural village take in the wounded pilot. But should they help him, murder him, or use him as a pawn in a dangerous game with the enemy?

To the Farmer his presence is bound to bring trouble; the Captain seeks the attention of the world media spotlight; a Trader wonders if can he be sold or ransomed. But for Evie, the farmer’s headstrong daughter, he is a fallen angel.

David Greig is the best-known young playwright of a high-powered Scottish generation. He has forged a relationship with audiences - not only in Edinburgh but in London and across Europe – that has made his name a real box-office draw, and become a leader of that generation, a shrewd observer of the political scene, and a spokesman for theatre and the arts in general. Today, he is dramaturg to the new National Theatre of Scotland, the home of the recent hit festival show Black Watch. And he is only 38!

The American Pilot was first performed by The Royal Shakespeare Company in 2005 in a production that went on to tour the UK. The play has also been performed in New York (Manhattan Theatre Co), Canada, around America and through Europe.

Circa’s production stars a top cast of:-

MICHELE AMAS (Home Land) , JAMES ASHCROFT (The Brilliant Fassah), PETER HAMBLETON (Who Wants to be 100?), JODIE HILLOCK (Home Land), BRUCE PHILLIPS (Uncle Vanya), JASON WHYTE (Fat Pig) and KIP CHAPMAN (Big River)
making his Circa debut as the pilot, with GEORGE HARACH and ZACK WI-NERA from the NZ College of Performing Arts.


THE AMERICAN PILOT

“Humorous, moving and engrossing … Superb” – Metro

“David Greig at his very best: deft and feeling, intelligent and poignant” – Evening Standard

“One of the most intellectually stimulating dramatists around … a richly provocative new play” - Michael Billington, Guardian


Opens at on Saturday 10th May at 8pm
and runs until 14th June

$20 Preview - Friday 9th May – 8pm
$20 Sunday Special – Sunday 11th May – 4pm


Performance times:
Tuesday & Wednesday 6.30pm
Thursday, Friday, Saturday 8pm
Sunday 4pm

Ticket Prices:
Adults - $38; Concessions - $30; Friends of Circa - $28
Under 25s - $20; Groups 6+ s- $32

BOOKINGS Circa Theatre 1 Taranaki Street, Wellington
Phone 801 7992 www.circa.co.nz


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