'a charged two-hander that burrows into the systemic power imbalances that gave rise to the #MeToo movement'
'Yena and Spielman are on fire'
'This play is a deeply intelligent and ultimately devastating picture of erasure.'
'There’s more to this story than meets the eye'
ABOUT THE SHOW
Award-winning Canadian playwright Hannah Moscovitch has set the international theatre scene alight with her fiery wit and incisive ability to tackle complex subjects with humour and intelligence. In this Australian premiere production, Dan Spielman (Photograph 51) and Izabella Yena (Home, I'm Darling) embody Moscovitch's whipsmart #MeToo-era take on the archetypal student–teacher romance.
Jon is a prize-winning novelist who wants more out of life. His third marriage is going about as well as his first two, and he’s stuck at university teaching creative writing to lazy undergraduates. He’s a good teacher, but believes there’s really only one student worth his time.
Annie is clever, imaginative, and a huge fan of Jon's work. One afternoon, Jon catches himself admiring Annie in her red coat, and very soon it feels like their affair was destined from the start. But when the embers have cooled and the affair is over, who will control their narrative?
Helmed by MTC Associate Director Petra Kalive (Hungry Ghosts), this captivating drama is a timely exploration of power, truth and desire.
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Recording produced in partnership with Arts Centre Melbourne
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Annie (Standby Cover)
Jon (Standby Cover)
Change for the Better
Currently starring as Jon in our digital season of Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes, Dan Spielman talks to us about consent, intimacy, accessibility and taking live theatre to the screen.
From our stage to your screen
For the first time in the Company’s history, select MTC shows will be filmed and made available for a digital season you can enjoy on-demand from the comfort of your own couch.
Backstage Banter with Dan Spielman & Izabella Yena
Get to know the two leads from our production of Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes.
A Moving Performance
Movement director and consultant Xanthe Beesely talks to us about the concept of physical dramaturgy, the importance of developing a movement language and how this work can hotwire creativity.
Balance of Power
MTC’s Associate Director reflects on the assumed and invisible lines that are crossed because of privilege, entitlement, celebrity and structural authority, and the subtle and sometimes invisible thresholds of power.
Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes Programme
Learn more about Hannah Moscovitch’s whipsmart #MeToo-era take on the archetypal student–teacher romance in our production programme, available for free online.
Ripped from the Headlines
MTC Associate Director Petra Kalive chats to actor Izabella Yena about character relations, upending a common trope, and perspectives in a pre and post #MeToo world.