Nat Randall plays the role of silver screen actress Gena Rowlands, co-star and real-life spouse of Opening Night director John Cassavetes. Performing a single scene inspired by Rowlands’ original award-winning portrayal of Myrtle Gordon, an ageing theatre star on the brink of self-destruction, Randall takes elements of Cassavetes’ signature style and rewires them through live performance and simulcasts. Randall twists the auteur’s legacy for her own purposes – cutting across layered realities, smudging the line between acting and being, attempting to discover a space of enduring intimacy, en masse.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the NSW Government through Arts NSW.
Next Wave is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and City of Melbourne.
For more information, including times when an Auslan interpreter will be in attendance, visit the Next Wave website.
Talks & Performances
Presented in conjunction with Next Wave Festival 2016
The Second Woman
20 May - 21 May
Nat Randall (Team MESS, Hissy Fit) throws herself into a strange loop of framing and spectacle in this 24-hour performance and cinema experiment. As Randall repeatedly performs a single scene inspired by John Cassavetes' cult film Opening Night, on-stage sparks fly. Starring opposite Randall are 100 different men ranging in age, background and acting ability. Through this repeated performative exchange, Randall aims to explore the trade of emotion, intimacy, chemistry and authenticity.
Come for an hour, stay for the night – this is performance at its most epic, a complex game of fiction and reality.