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American Song single work   drama   - 85 min.
Issue Details: First known date: 2017... 2017 American Song
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'“What happened to Whitman’s America? There is no unified song. There is no harmony of voices.”

Andy’s experience is common to many of us; the slow accumulation of a good life: love, work, friendship, family. But unforeseen events lead him to places he never imagined… Can we ever know the exact moment when a good life turns irredeemably wrong?

As Andy heads off to work to give the biggest presentation of his career, he wishes his teenage son Robbie goodbye. Eight hours later, everything has changed. A profound tour-de-force for one actor, played by Red Stitch ensemble member Joe Petruzzi, American Song is an intimate exploration of parenting, love, and the question: What could I have done differently?' (Production summary)

Production Details

  • Australian Premiere at Red Stitch : The Actors' Theatre, St Kilda East: 3 October – 5 November 2017

    Featuring Joe Petruzzi

    Set and Costume Design Darryl Cordell
    Lighting Design Bronwyn Pringle
    Sound Design Patrick Cronin
    Dialect Coach Anna McCrossin-Owen
    Stage Manager Alyssa Hall
    Assistant Stage Manager Kelly Ziccone

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 2017

Works about this Work

[Review Essay] : American Song Fiona Gruber , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 396 2017; (p. 67) ABR : Arts 2017;

'Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman’s humanistic, wheeling manifesto of the American destiny underpins Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith’s one-man play, American Song, and the collection of poems form the credo and frame the questioning of its central character, Andy. The poems’ exploration of a world of natural beauty, sensual delight, and the limitless possibilities of a young country imbue his optimistic take on life. With Whitmanesque wonder, Andy shares his tale of early good fortune in winning the trifecta of a gorgeous girl, an adorable baby son, and, after adventures in New York and a period as a caring house-husband looking after infant Robbie, a great job in their home town.' (Introduction)

[Review Essay] : American Song Fiona Gruber , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 396 2017; (p. 67) ABR : Arts 2017;

'Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman’s humanistic, wheeling manifesto of the American destiny underpins Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith’s one-man play, American Song, and the collection of poems form the credo and frame the questioning of its central character, Andy. The poems’ exploration of a world of natural beauty, sensual delight, and the limitless possibilities of a young country imbue his optimistic take on life. With Whitmanesque wonder, Andy shares his tale of early good fortune in winning the trifecta of a gorgeous girl, an adorable baby son, and, after adventures in New York and a period as a caring house-husband looking after infant Robbie, a great job in their home town.' (Introduction)

Last amended 18 Dec 2017 12:40:48
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    United States of America (USA),
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    Americas,
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