November | Theater
Our Country’s Good
Wednesday, Nov. 8 - Friday, Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 12, 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 14 - Friday, Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m.
***Please note date changes due to construction in original location***
Timberlake Wertenbaker’s drama, adapted from a novel by Thomas Keneally and first seen at the Royal Court in 1988, tells the story of a civilizing experiment that takes place in 1789 in the first penal colony in Australia. To celebrate the king’s birthday, a group of Royal Marines and transported convicts work together to put on a production of Farquhar’s The Recruiting Officer. This performance became the first play ever to be staged in Australia. Our Country’s Good, a play about the humanizing and transformative power of theater, brings to vivid life the earthy humor of the convicts, the brutality of their treatment and the fractiousness of the naval officers in charge of a tense environment on the other side of the world.