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The 7 Stages of Grieving - Now Playing

Written By Wesley Enoch & Deborah Mailman
Directed by Jason Klarwein

Produced by United Stages and Skylight Theatre Company

Co-Producer: Sam Cook

Poignant, relevant, funny and devastating...

The 7 Stages of Grieving covers universal themes such as racism, discrimination, equality, respect, recognition, oppression, segregation and unequal government policy. In holding a mirror up to America by sharing Australia’s Aboriginal people’s fight for survival, The 7 Stages of Grieving opens a dialogue about the issues which can both separate and ultimately unite us.

Skylight Theatre Company and United Stages acknowledges the Elders past and present of the Guugu Yimithirr Nation of the Cape York region of Queensland, the home of Thitharr Warra actor Chenoa Deemal. We extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people whose stories we share.

 

  • The 7 Stages of Grieving, Skylight Theatre 2019

Schedule

Skylight Theatre; Nov 1– Nov 24 only
Co-production | United States Premiere

Tickets sold through UnitedStages.org - Use button below

TICKETS

Tickets: $20 - $35; Opening Night $50

2019 Season

Los Angeles Times - ... poetic, poignant and humorous

“The 7 Stages of Grieving” has become one of Australia’s most produced plays... Written in 1994 by Wesley Enoch and Deborah Mailman,...one woman — played here by Chenoa Deemal — sums up the history of the Aboriginal peoples of Australia: the way they lived before the British arrived, and their ongoing struggle for recognition and equality.

America, like Australia, was founded upon conquest, the displacement of a real, rich and complex culture. The tone of “The 7 Stages of Grieving” isn’t so much accusatory as hopeful, a step toward acknowledgment and reconciliation.

United Stages

United Stages (formerly Australian Theatre Company) is recognized in Los Angeles for their critically acclaimed productions of Grey Nomad (winner Best Play - Local Production 2017 BroadwayWorld.Com Award), Swansong, Speaking in Tongues, Ruben Guthrie, and Holding the Man. Their annual reading series has presented 17 Australian works since its launch in 2015. In 2017 they partnered with 16th Street Actors Studio Australia to launch an education program that has included master classes with top professionals such as Tony Award, Oscar and Pulitzer Prize winning writer and director, John Patrick Shanley. Relaunched in 2019, United Stages is excited to expand from its Australian roots to become a reinvigorated and inclusive arts organization sharing stories from around the world. As the global entertainment hub, and a melting pot of diversity, Los Angeles will be the home of United Stages as it continues to enhance and contribute to the world’s theatre and arts communities. For more information, visit www.unitedstages.org

Grin & Tonic Theatre Troupe

Grin & Tonic Theatre Troupe developed this production with Queensland Theatre in 2015 and toured Australia in 2016 and 2017. Internationally, the production has appeared at the International Performing Arts for Youth conference in Montreal in 2016 and Origins: Festival of First Nations in London 2017.

The Artists of The 7 Stages of Grieving

  • Jason Klarwein
    director

    works nationally and internationally with Australia's leading theatre companies. 2019 marks his tenth year as Artistic Director of Grin & Tonic Theatre. In 2007 Jason was one of five Australian artists invited by London's Almeida Theatre and the Sydney Theatre Company to participate in an International Shakespeare Laboratory led by Cicely Berry of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Almeida Theatre's Artistic Director Michael Attenborough. In 2009 he toured the United States alongside Cate Blanchett in the Sydney Theatre Company's production of A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Norwegian screen and stage legend Liv Ullmann. In 2017 Jason was nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Actor in a Play for Sam Strong’s production of Michael Gow’s Once In Royal David’s City. Jason has directed many acclaimed theatre works including Orbit, Oedipus Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Much Ado About Nothing, St Mary’s In Exile, The 7 Stages of Grieving (Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Montreal, London), Hoods and My Name Is Jimi (Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney).

  • Chenoa Deemal
    actor

    is from the Thitharr Warra clan that is part of the Gugu Yimithirr tribe who reside in and around Hopevale, north of Cooktown in the Cape York Peninsula of Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) and has been working professionally as an actor since 2009. Chenoa’s shows include Rainbow’s End (Riverside Theatres Parramatta), Mother Courage and Her Children (Queensland Theatre Company), The Voice In The Walls (Imaginary Theatre), Mr. TakahashiI & Other Falling Secrets (Corrugated Iron) and A Man With Five Children (Darlinghurst Theatre). She has performed in the national tour of The 7 Stages Of Grieving (Queensland Theatre Company / Grin & Tonic) to critical acclaim and recently appeared in London at Origins: Festival Of First Nations.

DESIGNERS

LIGHTING DESIGN: Dan Anderson
SOUND / PROJECTION DESIGN: Justin Harrison

PRODUCTION STAFF
PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER: Chris Goeldner
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER: Christopher Hoffman
PUBLICIST: Judith Borne
POSTER PHOTOGRAPHY: Elverina Johnson, First Nations Gungganji woman of Yarrabah, Queensland, Australia
POSTER MODEL: Joan Fourmile, First Nations Idinji/Gungganji child of Yarrabah, Queensland, Australia
PRODUCTION STILLS:Justin Harrison

 

Schedule

Skylight Theatre; Nov 1– Nov 24 only
Co-production | United States Premiere

Tickets sold through UnitedStages.org - Use button below

TICKETS

Tickets: $20 - $35; Opening Night $50

2019 Season

Reviews

CAPTIVATING… the versatility of the multi-dimensional presentation is Impressive to behold - TheHollywoodTimes

REMARKABLE... beautifully represents the Aboriginal tradition of storytelling and, in a larger context, First Nation peoples finding their voices. There is grieving, yes, but also Healing. As Deemal notes in 7 Stages, 'Everything has its time.' Now is the time for this show” - Larchmont Buzz

Media

Los Angeles Times - ... poetic, poignant and humorous

“The 7 Stages of Grieving” has become one of Australia’s most produced plays... Written in 1994 by Wesley Enoch and Deborah Mailman,...one woman — played here by Chenoa Deemal — sums up the history of the Aboriginal peoples of Australia: the way they lived before the British arrived, and their ongoing struggle for recognition and equality.

America, like Australia, was founded upon conquest, the displacement of a real, rich and complex culture. The tone of “The 7 Stages of Grieving” isn’t so much accusatory as hopeful, a step toward acknowledgment and reconciliation.

United Stages

United Stages (formerly Australian Theatre Company) is recognized in Los Angeles for their critically acclaimed productions of Grey Nomad (winner Best Play - Local Production 2017 BroadwayWorld.Com Award), Swansong, Speaking in Tongues, Ruben Guthrie, and Holding the Man. Their annual reading series has presented 17 Australian works since its launch in 2015. In 2017 they partnered with 16th Street Actors Studio Australia to launch an education program that has included master classes with top professionals such as Tony Award, Oscar and Pulitzer Prize winning writer and director, John Patrick Shanley. Relaunched in 2019, United Stages is excited to expand from its Australian roots to become a reinvigorated and inclusive arts organization sharing stories from around the world. As the global entertainment hub, and a melting pot of diversity, Los Angeles will be the home of United Stages as it continues to enhance and contribute to the world’s theatre and arts communities. For more information, visit www.unitedstages.org

Grin & Tonic Theatre Troupe

Grin & Tonic Theatre Troupe developed this production with Queensland Theatre in 2015 and toured Australia in 2016 and 2017. Internationally, the production has appeared at the International Performing Arts for Youth conference in Montreal in 2016 and Origins: Festival of First Nations in London 2017.

The Artists of The 7 Stages of Grieving

  • Jason Klarwein
    director

    works nationally and internationally with Australia's leading theatre companies. 2019 marks his tenth year as Artistic Director of Grin & Tonic Theatre. In 2007 Jason was one of five Australian artists invited by London's Almeida Theatre and the Sydney Theatre Company to participate in an International Shakespeare Laboratory led by Cicely Berry of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Almeida Theatre's Artistic Director Michael Attenborough. In 2009 he toured the United States alongside Cate Blanchett in the Sydney Theatre Company's production of A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Norwegian screen and stage legend Liv Ullmann. In 2017 Jason was nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Actor in a Play for Sam Strong’s production of Michael Gow’s Once In Royal David’s City. Jason has directed many acclaimed theatre works including Orbit, Oedipus Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Much Ado About Nothing, St Mary’s In Exile, The 7 Stages of Grieving (Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Montreal, London), Hoods and My Name Is Jimi (Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney).

  • Chenoa Deemal
    actor

    is from the Thitharr Warra clan that is part of the Gugu Yimithirr tribe who reside in and around Hopevale, north of Cooktown in the Cape York Peninsula of Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) and has been working professionally as an actor since 2009. Chenoa’s shows include Rainbow’s End (Riverside Theatres Parramatta), Mother Courage and Her Children (Queensland Theatre Company), The Voice In The Walls (Imaginary Theatre), Mr. TakahashiI & Other Falling Secrets (Corrugated Iron) and A Man With Five Children (Darlinghurst Theatre). She has performed in the national tour of The 7 Stages Of Grieving (Queensland Theatre Company / Grin & Tonic) to critical acclaim and recently appeared in London at Origins: Festival Of First Nations.

DESIGNERS

LIGHTING DESIGN: Dan Anderson
SOUND / PROJECTION DESIGN: Justin Harrison

PRODUCTION STAFF
PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER: Chris Goeldner
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER: Christopher Hoffman
PUBLICIST: Judith Borne
POSTER PHOTOGRAPHY: Elverina Johnson, First Nations Gungganji woman of Yarrabah, Queensland, Australia
POSTER MODEL: Joan Fourmile, First Nations Idinji/Gungganji child of Yarrabah, Queensland, Australia
PRODUCTION STILLS:Justin Harrison

 

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