I Am a Miracle

// determined to change the course of history.

  • Chapter Three / Ritual // Extinction
  • Event Type / Theatre
  • When / 18 Jul - 9 Aug
  • Where / Merlyn Theatre
  • Duration / 75 mins
  • Warning / Contains dynamic sound, strobe lighting and some adult language
  • Tickets / $30 — $60

I Am a Miracle / is not for the timid.

After 18 years on death row, Marvin Lee Wilson was executed by lethal injection. But after a 2002 Supreme Court ruling, his sub-normal IQ should have disqualified him from the death sentence. Strapped to a gurney, his final statement was a plea for recognition: ‘I am a miracle’.

Taking these words as a point of departure, playwright Declan Greene meets Wilson’s story with a work of monumental scope, spanning three continents and two hundred and forty years. In an 18th Century slave colony, a soldier is sent upriver on a suicide mission. In present-day Melbourne, a man finds himself entrapped by his carer. In Huntsville, Texas, a prisoner awaits his death. And somewhere beyond time and history, a sublime force lays a plan to rewrite the future.

Set to a transcendent choral score, I Am a Miracle depicts a world bound to the injustices of the past – crying out for intervention. Wildly careening between the epic and the intimate, this is a mind-expanding theatrical experience / determined to change the course of history.

visceral, gripping ... a highly original, complex and ambitious work

– The Age
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Potent, mind-blowing ... the combination of playwright Declan Greene and director Matthew Lutton is disciplined and unexpectedly productive ... a masterpiece.

– The Australian

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By / Declan Greene
Direction / Matthew Lutton
Composition / David Chisholm

Set & Costume Design / Marg Horwell
Set & Lighting Design / 
Paul Jackson
Sound Design & Engineer /
Marco Cher-Gibard
Cast / Melita Jurisic, Hana Lee Crisp, Bert LaBonté

Special Performances

Time to Talk
Tuesday 28 July, 6.30pm

Audio Described and Auslan Interpreted performance
Thursday 6 August, 7.30pm

PROGRAM

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SINGLE TICKET PRICES

In Season
Standard / $60
Concession & Senior / $50
Under 30s & Student / $30

Preview
Standard / $50
Concession & Senior / $40
Under 30s & Student / $30

Single ticket prices are subject to change – book early for the best rate.

On the blog

Matthew Lutton on I Am a Miracle

Matt Lutton, director of I Am a Miracle, talks about the powerful story behind the show.

Proudly supported by

Presented with thanks to Opera Australia, Triple R and The Robert Salzar Foundation.

This project was supported by the Australian Writers’ Foundation as a result of a generous donation from Kim Williams AM.


Key Image Photography /
Andrew Gough

Image Treatment / The Sisters Hayes

  • Chapter Three / Ritual // Extinction
  • Event Type / Theatre
  • When / 18 Jul - 9 Aug
  • Where / Merlyn Theatre
  • Duration / 75 mins
  • Warning / Contains dynamic sound, strobe lighting and some adult language
  • Tickets / $30 — $60

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