Violet and Ruth are bored as hell in their small town Australian high school, where there’s nothing but red earth, hurricane fences and the far off whirring of the quarry. But when a new teacher arrives, the borders of the town are no longer the limit of where a girl can go. If only they can escape to Melbourne or Paris or Tokyo before the sinister creature lurking at the edges of the town snatches them up and feeds them to the insatiable earth.
UNDERLAND is a new Australian play that cracks open the desert to reveal mythic beasts, Chekhovian love triangles and big sky blues, while giving the finger to everything you thought you know about "down under" from Fosters' commercials. UNDERLAND was developed at Sydney Theatre Company.
Written by ALEXANDRA COLLIER
Directed by MIA ROVEGNO
Scenic Designer GABRIEL HAINER EVANSOHN
Lighting Designer BURKE BROWN
Sound Designer ELISHEBA ITTOOP
Costume Designer MORIA SINE CLINTON
Production Manager JOSH IACOVELLI
Stage Manager BECCA PICKETT
Asst. Stage Manager JAMES ZEBOOKER
Asst. Director KYLE METZGER
Producer EVA C. SCANLAN
Producing Partners INVISIBLE WALL PRODUCTIONS and GEORGIA COHEN
MEET THE PLAYWRIGHT:
ALEXANDRA COLLIER is a writer from Australia, based in New York. Her plays have been developed at Sydney Theatre Company, Women’s Project, New Georges, the Lark and Dixon Place. Her recent work includes Take Me Home (a mobile theatre piece in a New York city taxi, Incubator Art Project, Other Forces Festival), We Play for the Gods (created with Women’s Project, Cherry Lane), Holy Day (Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Finalist, The Kilroys Top 46 List), Underland (Sydney Theatre Company workshop and Page to Stage workshop, Dixon Place; nominated for Weissberger Award).
Her New York debut, The Will of the Cockroach was commissioned by The Production Company and directed by May Adrales as part of the Australia Project. Alexandra performed in the premiere of Still Waiting (La Mama, Melbourne), which subsequently toured to the Adelaide Fringe Festival and was awarded the RE Ross Trust Playwrights Award. Other awards/fellowships include: UCROSS Foundation Fellowship, SPACE on Ryder Farm residency, Rhinebeck Writer’s Retreat, MacDowell Fellowship and the Dame Joan Sutherland Award (Australian-American Association). She is a graduate of Mac Wellman's Brooklyn College MFA playwriting program, a Women’s Project Playwrights Lab ’10-12 alumni and a recent member of terraNOVA’s Groundbreakers Playwrights Group, 2014.