by Amy Herzog
Nation-wide Tour - 2016
Director Anthony Skuse
Executive Producers MopHead / Catnip / Critical Stages
Set & Costume Designer Hugh O'Connor
Lighting Designer Sara Swersky
Sound Designer Marty Jamieson
Voice & Dialect Coach Linda Nicholls Gidley
With Diana McLean, Stephen Multari, Aileen Huynh & Eloise Snape
Vera is a vibrantly dimensional 91-year-old – prickly, stubborn and mentally acute. Leo is her 21-year-old grandson who shows up in the middle of the night at her Greenwich Village apartment. He’s just biked cross-country from Washington to New York. Along the way, something happened that he can’t stand to talk about and has him evading all responsibility.
Bridging gulfs of space and time, Vera and Leo connect over several days, negotiating romantic potholes with an estranged girlfriend and an art student he picks up at a bar.
The generation gap provides much humour and insight. Herzog digs deeply and humanely into her characters’ psyche, tracing the emotional fault lines that link them to a painful family history.
Sydney Theatre Awards
Nomination: Best Actress - Diana McLean
Nomination: Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Eloise Snape