19 June – 26 July
Director: Trip Cullman; Designer: Richard Kent
Lighting Designer: Oliver Fenwick, Sound Designer: Emma Laxton
With Red Velvet currently previewing in New York, Handbagged in rehearsals ahead of its West End transfer to the Vaudeville, and the Young Company poised to take over the Tricycle in the company’s inaugural Takeover Festival, Artistic Director Indhu Rubasingham announces the cast for the world première of Adam Bock’s new play The Colby Sister of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Trip Cullmandirects Ronke Adekoluejo (Heather), Isabella Calthorpe (India), Claire Forlani (Willow), Charlotte Parry (Gemma), Patricia Potter (Garden) and Alice Sanders (Mouse).
‘Nobody knows us. They think they do. But they don’t.’
In a world of champagne and canapés, the five Colby sisters are the glamorous faces of New York high society. With wealth, style and desirable husbands, they appear to have it all.
But privately, the sisters’ squabbles distort the picture of this perfect family. Image is everything, and struggling to maintain it could have life-changing consequences.
A new black comedy by OBIE award-winning Canadian playwright Adam Bock.
Adam Bock’s work includes Phaedra, A Small Fire, The Receptionist, The Drunken City, The Thugs, Swimming in the Shallows, and the musical adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle. He has won the Obie, the Otis Guernsey, Glickman, BATCC, Broadway.com Audience and Heideman awards and a Clauder, is a Guggenheim Fellow, and been nominated for the Drama Desk, Outer Critics, GLAAD and Kesseling awards. His plays have been produced in NYC at Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, Second Stage, Soho Rep, and Clubbed Thumb, all over the US, in Canada, the UK, and around the world. The Colby Sisters was developed at Sundance/Utah and at New Dramatists.
Ronke Adekoluejo plays Heather. Her stage credits include Anon (Welsh National Opera) andrandom (Crooked Path). For television, her work includes Suspects; and for film, Nothing Like This.
Isabella Calthorpe plays India. For theatre, her work includes Chariots of Fire (Gielgud Theatre), Dirty Dancing (Aldwych Theatre), The Voysey Inheritance (National Theatre) and The Importance of Being Earnest (Theatre Royal York). For television, her credits include The Prisoner and Trinity; and for film,Fedz, Blooded, Night Wolf, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People and Stage Beauty.
Claire Forlani makes her stage debut as Willow. Television work includes NCIS:LA, Camelot, Carolina Moon, CSI: NY (series regular) and JFK: Reckless Youth; and for film, Another Me, Ice, Shannon’s Rainbow, False Witness, Flashbacks of a Fool, For Your Consideration, Hallam Foe, Ripley Under Ground, Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius, Magicians, Meet Joe Black and The Rock.
Charlotte Parry plays Gemma. Her theatre credits include The Winslow Boy, The Importance of Being Earnest (American Airlines Theater, New York), Look Back in Anger (Roundabout Theater Company),Equivocation (Manhattan Theater Club), The Winter’s Tale/The Cherry Orchard (The Bridge Project – Old Vic and BAM), and The Real Thing (Albery Theatre and Broadway). For television, her work includes The Safe House, Extreme Ghost Stories, Royal Pains, Law and Order and The Good Wife; and for film, The Park Bench and The Importance of Being Earnest.
Patricia Potter plays Garden. Her theatre work includes An Eligible Man (New End Theatre). For television, her credits include New Tricks, Man Down, DCI Banks, Law and Order UK, Jam and Jerusalem, Extras and series regulars in Holby City and Brookside; and for film, Suburbs, Bonobo, Red Lights and Shakespeare in Love.
Alice Sanders plays Mouse. Her theatre work includes Inadmissable Evidence (Donmar Warehouse). For television, her credits include Law and Order UK, Foxtrot, The Musketeers and Lightfields; and for film, Powder Room.