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Southern Theatre presents Andrew Upton’s Hanging Man

Southern Theatre presents Andrew Upton’s Hanging Man 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Oct. 2-5, 2019 
Bud Walton Theatre 
Admission: $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens

Hanging Man opens the morning after the death of a family matriarch. Her death leaves the estate of her long dead husband, a (fictional) famous and contentious Australian artist, in the hands of his three sons. At the core of their father’s legacy is a series of paintings of which the eponymous Hanging Man is the centerpiece. Tom Healey, Australian Script Centre literary manager and Red Door curator, writes, “… Hidden from sight by the family, [the painting] now becomes publicly available. The fallout from this is intense and deeply nuanced. Who stands to make what? What political and/or cultural damage might it perpetrate? What right has the present to ‘whitewash’ the past?”

Andrew Upton has established himself as a writer for both stage and screen. His play Hanging Man was commissioned by the Sydney Theatre Company and premiered at the Wharf Theatre in 2002. In 2008, Upton and wife Cate Blanchett became joint artistic directors of the Sydney Theatre Company for what became a five-year term. In June 2014, Upton was recognized with the Rotary Professional Excellence Award, an award instituted “to honor a person who has demonstrated consistent professional excellence in his or her chosen vocation by contributing to the benefit of the wider community beyond their typical workplace role.”

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