by Stephen Carleton
A Playlab Theatre production, presented in partnership with Metro Arts
I’m not abandoning my principles; I’m coming here to apply them.
1971. The height of the Cold War. The Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia is opening up to Western tourism after breaking away from the Soviet Bloc. Branislav and Valentina Radovic have been compelled to design a hotel complex for the government after forging a reputation for designing ultra-modern concrete structures, triggering their lofty utopian political and architectural ideals.
Present-day. New York City. A talented Australian Geo-Engineer, Natalia Silverman, has been asked to join the team designing New York’s ‘Big U’ – the sea wall mitigation project that will cradle Manhattan’s financial district from rising sea levels. But building a sea wall around the world’s iconic home of big business, is forcing her to ask herself; is she really saving New York, or just working for the bad guys?
Brutal Utopias examines the intersection between lofty ideals and realpolitik, and the search for perfection in a world that is tilting imminently toward chaos.
This is one of three plays in Playlab Theatre’s 2022 season, presented in partnership with Metro Arts.
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Wed 18 May – Sat 28 May
18 – 19 May 7:30pm Previews
20 – 28 May 7:30pm
120 minutes total, including 20 minute Interval
New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End
General Admission $45 + booking fee
Concession $39 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $39 per ticket + booking fee
Preview $39 + booking fee
Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased
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AGES + WARNINGS
Suitable for 15+. Contains low-level coarse language, references to war and conflict, and some adult themes.
Playlab Theatre is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Brutal Utopias is also supported by the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative.
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