Artefact Theatre Company will present Pulitzer Prize-nominee, Theresa Rebeck’s smart and provocative play SEMINAR: A COMEDY at Chapel off Chapel from 9-26 November 2016.

SEMINAR: A COMEDY is a story of blood, sweat and tears in the writer’s den. Four aspiring young writers pool their money to hire a famous novelist for a series of master classes to learn from a legendary novelist, but their fiction and their egos will be unsparingly dissected before he’s through with them. Ferociously fun and fast-paced with sparkling wordplay, it takes no prisoners.

The San Francisco Chronicle described the play as “furiously funny.” USA Today called it “consistently clever and entertaining” and The Hollywood Reporter said the “tart comedy” is “witty” with “a lip-smacking” lead role in the character of Leonard. Dion Mills will play Leonard, a hard-drinking and oversexed writer who makes ends meet with freelance jobs and pricey seminars. Undeniably charismatic and indisputably harsh, Leonard throws the book at his students in workshops that are punctuated by professional envy, personal jealousy and sexual tension. But can his wandering eye spot real talent?

SEMINAR: A COMEDY was written by the prolific playwright, novelist and TV veteran Theresa Rebeck. In addition to her work as writer/producer for “NYPD Blue” and “Law & Order,” she is known for creating NBC’s “Smash.” The Hollywood Reporter said that “training ground has given her a keen ear for snappy dialogue, and a firm hand at shaping character conflicts.” The New York Times called Rebeck “a canny craftswoman with a sensibility poised somewhere between that of Yasmina Reza (queen of the quick, smart comedy) and Neil Simon (the longest-reigning king of the New York-style one-liner).” The play also features Cazz Bainbridge as Kate, Mark Yeates as Martin, Ra Chapman as Izzy and Darcy Kent as Douglas. The creative team includes Director Matthew Cox and Hugh Stephens is the Set Designer.

  • 9–26 November 2016
  • Performance Schedule: Tues-Sat 8:00pm, Sun 6.30pm, Sat 3:00pm
  • Duration: 2hrs (incl interval)

Artefact Theatre Co. is a Melbourne based independent production company founded by actor/producer Mark Yeates. Its name is derived from the idea that powerful theatre leaves something behind with an audience, buried deep within their minds. At Artefact Theatre, they are committed to producing intelligent, compelling productions that prove that live theatre is an exciting and profound experience.

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Bookings: Chapel off Chapel Box Office 03) 8290 7000 |