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  • EVENT TYPE /

    Theatre

  • PLAYING /

    30 Jan – 17 Feb

  • WHERE /

    Beckett Theatre

  • DURATION /

    75 minutes

  • AGES /

    Strictly for audiences aged 18+. This show is not suitable for children.

  • WARNING /

    Contains nudity, strong language, adult content, and material that some audience members may find confronting.

    To discuss potentially triggering content please contact Malthouse Theatre’s Box Office or speak with a member of staff.

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Season 2019

The Ars Nova Production Of
Underground Railroad Game

30 JAN – 17 FEB 2019

Single tickets on sale now. Book a Season Pass and receive great savings and a wealth of benefits.

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  • EVENT TYPE /

    Theatre

  • PLAYING /

    30 Jan – 17 Feb

  • WHERE /

    Beckett Theatre

  • DURATION /

    75 minutes

  • AGES /

    Strictly for audiences aged 18+. This show is not suitable for children.

  • WARNING /

    Contains nudity, strong language, adult content, and material that some audience members may find confronting.

    To discuss potentially triggering content please contact Malthouse Theatre’s Box Office or speak with a member of staff.

  • Download / Program

ALL ABOARD FOR A WILD RIDE, BACK TO WHEN RULES WERE BLACK AND WHITE.

The history teachers at Hanover Middle School have an R-rated lesson in store. Take your seat.

Today’s subject is race, with a little sex, history and power on the side.

Let’s have fun with it.

Let’s play a game.

Yes, you’re all invited to watch.

Underground Railroad Game is a darkly comedic take on how the post-colonial world has become jaundiced by its racially-charged backstory. With repartee, acuity and nudity, creators and performers Jennifer Kidwell and Scott R. Sheppard interrogate the confusion of arguments and stereotypes that have arisen from the shadows of Western society.

The New York Times heralds it as one of the best, most influential American plays of the last 25 years. Join Malthouse Theatre on this wild ride, conducted by the original 2017 Obie Award-winning company, straight from the USA.

There’s a shift-in-your-seat experience to be lived here. What you get from it will depend on how you play the game.

★★★★★ A SHOW I'LL BE THINKING ABOUT FOR YEARS TO COME. 

– The Age

★★★★★ KIDWELL AND SHEPPARD ARE BOTH SUPERB. 

– Time Out (Melbourne)

★★★★ ½ ARRESTING AND UNMISSABLE PRODUCTION RIPE FOR OUR TIMES. 

– ArtsHub

★★★★ ½ [UNDERGROUND RAILROAD GAME] TAKES ON THE WORLD. 

– Limelight Magazine

IN-ALL-WAYS SENSATIONAL

– The New York Times
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CREATED BY / Jennifer Kidwell & Scott R. Sheppard
with Lightning Rod Special
DIRECTION / Taibi Magar
CAST / Jennifer Kidwell, Scott R. Sheppard
PRODUCTION DESIGN / Tilly Grimes
SCENIC DESIGN / Steven Dufala
LIGHTING DESIGN / Oona Curley
SOUND DESIGN / Mikaal Sulaiman

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES 

PREVIEWS 
7pm, Wednesday 30 January 

OPENING NIGHT 
8pm, Thursday 31 January 

TIME TO TALK 
7pm, Tuesday 5 February 

MONASH MEETS MALTHOUSE 
2pm, Saturday 16 February 

AUSLAN INTERPRETED 
8pm, Friday 1 February 

SPECIAL EVENT

MONASH MEETS MALTHOUSE
3.30pm, Saturday 16 February

PANEL / Associate Professor Maryrose Casey, Monash Indigenous Studies Centre; Fleur Kilpatrick, Lecturer in Performance; and Dr Rachel Standfield, Monash Indigenous Studies Centre

MODERATOR / Professor Stacy Holman Jones, Deputy Director of the Centre for Theatre and Performance

This is a free event. All welcome. 

PRODUCTION PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS

Malthouse Theatre presents The Ars Nova Production of Underground Railroad Game.
Key image: Cade Martin Photography