Josie Lawrence and Joe McGann will lead the cast in the first UK production of American literary icon Don DeLillo’s Love-Lies-Bleeding at The Print Room at the Coronet from 9 November to 8 December 2018 (press night is 13 November).
The play will be directed by Jack McNamara, who has a long history with the author and is the only director in the UK to have staged his work. His production of DeLillo’s play Valparaiso received five-star reviews across the board. His world premiere of DeLillo’s environmentalist play The Word for Snow sold out during its run at the Southbank Centre.
Set in the sprawling south-western American desert, at the frontier between the man-made and the wilderness, artist Alex Macklin has abandoned his easel to make monumental land art. A second major stroke renders him speechless and motionless. He is kept alive only by feeding and hydration tubes and his desperate fourth wife. Then Alex’s second wife and his only son, who has been online researching ways to end his father’s life, arrive to decide his fate.
Don DeLillo, whose work includes White Noise and Underworld, and whose fans range from Salman Rushdie to Kate Tempest, has received awards and nominations for over 40 prizes including the Pulitzer, PEN/Faulkner and Man Booker International Prize. Love-Lies-Bleeding was written in 2005, long before the public conversation about euthanasia became mainstream.
Jack McNamara said:
”For me, each of Don DeLillo’s novels are works of monumental genius, that have taught me more about the world we live in than any other works of fiction. In his plays, that genius becomes funnelled down into highly concentrated form. In the case of Love-Lies-Bleeding, the result is a beautifully minimal yet profoundly complex story, packed with a sharp comedy and insight that only DeLillo could write. I can think of no other writer whose world I would be more excited about sharing.”
Also in the creative team are set and costumes designer Lily Arnold, lighting designer Azusa Ono and sound designer Alexandra Faye Braithwaite.
Josie Lawrence recently completed filming on the upcoming Amazon series Good Omens, playing Agnes Nutter. She became a household name in Who’s Line Is It Anyway? and is a founder member of The Comedy Store Players with whom she still performs. On stage, she won the Peggy Ashcroft Award for The Taming Of The Shrew at RSC, she also won the Manchester Evening News Award for Best Actress for Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing. Theatre highlights also include Frozen at the National Theatre, The King & I at the London Palladium and Acorn Antiques The Musical at Theatre Royal, Haymarket. She received critical acclaim for her title role in Mother Courage And Her Children at Southwark Playhouse.
Joe McGann’s theatre roles include The Last Ship (Northern Stage and Tour); Elf (Plymouth Theatre Royal/Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin, Dominion Theatre, West End, and Lowry, Salford); April in Paris (UK Tour); Hope Place (Liverpool Everyman); Love Billy (Lyric, Belfast); The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (UK Tour); The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Chichester Festival Theatre, Duchess London) and Calendar Girls (three UK tours), Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof (UK Tour, 2008) and Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls (ATG UK Tour, 2006), Fool for Love (Found 111), Tom, Dick and Harry (Duke of York’s Theatre); Of Mice and Men (Old Vic); Oliver! (London Palladium), the one-man play One Fine Day (Albery) and Yakety Yak (Astoria).