World Premiere: I Heart John McEnroe

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Three actors set out to present a precise and unbiased theatrical portrait of John McEnroe. They fail.

From the age of 17, John McEnroe’s on and off court appearances were often caught on camera, making him the celebrity God of Public Rage. His public personality exists as the sum of multiple biographies, reams of interviews, YouTube compilations and 1980s fandom.

In the vein of Citizen Kane, Uninvited Guests attempts to assemble a ‘truth’ about the man: the athlete, the celebrity, the father, the hero, the husband, the hot head, the art collector, the son and the commentator.

Presented on a tennis court with short-shorts, sweat bands and more ball-boy choreography than Wimbledon, I Heart John McEnroe is a nightly catharsis that satiates our strange desire for loss of face whilst reminding us all that the world is watching.john mcenroe

I Heart John McEnroe is constructed from McEnroe quotes, David Foster Wallace’s various writings on tennis, interviews about acting with Orson Welles and transcripts of YouTube clips of irate celebrities caught unawares (Christian Bale and Lily Tomlin).

The performance is part choreography, part script and part improvisational bullying meaning it is never the same every night.

Directed by Clare Watson

Cast: Natasha Herbert, Bert LaBonte, Luke Mullins, Katherine Tonkin and Ivy Watson.  

Presented by Theatre Works, 14 Acland Street, St Kilda.

From Jul 30 -Aug 10 2014.

See theatreworks.org.au for further information.

 

 

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