''Calpurnia Descending' sends up the dangers of fame with the tale of Beverly Dumont – a reclusive, drunken, Depression-era Broadway washout. Beverly limps towards obscurity until a naive ingénue appears offering a final shot at glory. It’s the role of a lifetime, but the chalice soon proves poisoned and both women are drawn into a world of paranoia, sleaze and bloody, unrelenting ambition.
'The latest work from queer ‘DIY’ theatre duo Sisters Grimm ('The Sovereign Wife', 'Little Mercy') stars the inimitable Paul Capsis ('Angela’s Kitchen') and Ash Flanders. Rich in wit and piercing cultural critique, this fabulously entertaining work takes two of Australia’s finest male actresses and ignites a backstage Battle Royale.' (Source: Malthouse website)
A Sydney Theatre Company and Malthouse Theatre co-production.
Performed at Sydney Theatre Company (Wharf 2) 9 October - 8 November 2014.
Performed at Malthouse Theatre (Merlyn Theatre) 12 - 30 November 2014.
Director: Declan Greene.
Set & Costume Designer: David Fleischer.
Lighting Designer: Katie Sfetkidis.
AV Designer: Matthew Gingold.
Cast includes Paul Capsis and Ash Flanders.