by Louis Nowra
COSI is now sold out. Got your tickets for COCK?
This landmark new production of the beloved Australian comedy classic stars Jessica Marais and James Stewart (Packed to the Rafters) and celebrates La Boite’s tenth anniversary at the Roundhouse Theatre.
Young theatre director Lewis has just landed his first job straight out of university, staging a production of Mozart’s comic opera Così fan tutte. The catch? The cast are patients from a mental institution, none of whom can speak Italian… or sing. Can this unlikely cohort, including an obsessive-compulsive, a manic depressive and a junkie, pull it off? Or will a patient with a penchant for pyromania spoil all the fun?
As Vietnam War protests rage outside and Lewis confronts the enormity of his task, he begins to realise the frightening and attractive power of madness, politics, theatre and love.
Directed by David Berthold, a long-time Louis Nowra collaborator, Cosi is set to light up the Roundhouse stage.
Cast and Creatives
David Berthold Director
Louis Nowra Playwright
Louis was born in Melbourne. He is the author of such plays as Inner Voices, Visions, Inside The Island, Sunrise, The Golden Age, Capricornia, Byzantine Flowers, Summer of the Aliens, Cosi, Radiance, The Temple, Crow, The Incorruptible, The Jungle, The Language of the Gods and The Boyce Trilogy.
He has written six non-fiction works, The Cheated, Warne‘s World, Walkabout, Chihuahuas, Women and Me, Bad Dreaming and most recently, Kings Cross: A Biography. His novels are The Misery Of Beauty, Palu, Red Nights, Abaza and Ice. Last year’s Into That Forest is Louis’ first novel for young adults. His two memoirs are The Twelfth Of Never and Shooting The Moon.
Some of his radio plays include Albert Names Edward, The Song Room, Sydney, The Divine Hammer, Far North, Jez and The Light Of Darkness. He wrote the telemovies Displaced Persons, Hunger and The Lizard King plus created the TV series The Last Resort and The Straits.
His screen credits include Map Of The Human Heart, Cosi, Heaven’s Burning, The Matchmaker, Radiance, K-19: The Widowmaker and Black and White. He was co-writer of the documentary series First Australians. He lives in Sydney and is married to the writer Mandy Sayer.
Aaron Davison Doug
Graduating from QUT’s Acting Strand in 2004, Aaron’s theatre credits include Vincent in Brixton at QTC. Television credits include All Saints, Through My Eyes, Sea Patrol, and Fatal Honeymoon. Aaron is in the final stages of post-production for his first feature film, Talking Back at Thunder, which he wrote, co-produced and co-directed with production partner Este Heyns.
Jennifer Flowers Ruth
Jennifer is an actor /director who has worked for all the major Australian theatre companies. She has received four Matilda Awards for excellence in acting and directing in Queensland and a Helpmann nomination in 2005. In 2006 she was awarded a Churchill fellowship which enabled her to travel to London and New York to observe internationally renowned teachers of voice and text. She has also served as a member of the Board of the Queensland Theatre Company and peer assessed grant applications for Arts Queensland.
Amy Ingram Cherry
For La Boite: Out Damn Snot (shake & stir Co-production). Other Theatre: QTC: Trollop, Seeding Bed, An Oak Tree, YPP, Fat Pig. The Good Room: I Should Have Drunk More Champagne, Where We Begin, Rabbit, Single Admissions, Holy Guacamole. For Adelaide Fringe & Brisbane Festival: Tracksuit Girl. TV credits include Camp, Gods of Wheat Street and Mabo. Other credits include Co-Artistic Director of The Good Room, 2008 and 2009 and Co-Director of The National Young Writers Festival. Awards and Positions: 2013 Arts Qld Independents Fund Recipient, 2012-2013 Chair USQ Alumni, 2010 Matilda Award Best Emerging Artist.
Jessica Marais Julie/Lucy
Jessica Marais has most recently been seen in the second season of Magic City, opposite Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Olga Kurylenko, for the Starz network. She was also heard as the voice of ‘Rochelle’ in Disney’s animated feature, Planes.
Jessica will next star in the title role in ABC’s telemovie Carlotta, and the Nine Network’s new drama series, Love Child.
Jessica graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Australia’s most prestigious acting school, in 2007.
Prior to graduation, she secured a role in her first feature film Two Fists One Heart and a leading role in the Seven Network’s Packed to the Rafters which has now become Australia’s highest rating family drama series. Her role as ‘Rachel Rafter’ on the hit show earned her two Logie Awards in 2009 for Most Outstanding New Talent and Most Popular New Female Talent as well as a further four nominations for Most Outstanding Actress and Most Popular Actress. In 2011, Jessica was also nominated for the Gold Logie Award for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television.
Jessica has also appeared as ‘Mistress Denna’ in the Disney series, Legend of the Seeker.
In early 2008, Jessica debuted with the Sydney Theatre Company in the critically acclaimed production of The Season At Sarsaparilla.
Benjamin Schostakowski Lewis
Cosi marks Benjamin Schostakowski’s acting debut with La Boite Theatre Company. Benjamin graduated from Directing at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 2013. In 2012 he directed and wrote A Tribute of Sorts for La Boite Indie, winner of four Matilda Awards (including Best Independent Production and Best New Australian Work). In 2011, Benjamin was appointed Associate Artist with Queensland Theatre Company.
Theatre credits include Private Lives, Melbourne Theatre Company (Directing secondment, dir. Sam Strong), A Tribute of Sorts, La Boite Indie, A Spectacular of Sorts - World Theatre Festival: Brisbane Powerhouse, Genesis - Brisbane Festival (dir. Ben Knapton), The Glorious Nosebleed – Metro Arts, and What’s Wrong With Gregor Post? Brisbane Festival. For NIDA: Klutz, Fireface, 12 Angry Men, June 20,30,40 - Griffin Play Project, A Respectable Wedding with the National Theatre Drama School and The Bear with the Actors Centre Australia. Benjamin also directed the music video clip for Ride For Me by Ry (Feat. Shadow Kitsune) for Triple J Unearthed. Benjamin will direct A Tribute of Sorts inMayas part of Queensland Theatre Company’s 2014 season.
Anthony Standish Nick/Justin/Zac
Cosi is Anthony’s debut for La Boite. Other theatre credits include: End of the Rainbow, Trollop, Kelly, Seedingbed, The Removalists, Man Equals Man, The Exception and the Rule, A Property of the Clan, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Puss in Boots, The Woman Before, American Buffalo (QTC), Australia! The Show! (Hothouse/Merrigong/Capitol), Zoo-Illogical (QAC/Forward Movement), Prehistoric (Elbow Room), Little Hitler’s Ode to an Austrian Bentwood, Magda’s Fascination with Wax Cats (Metro Arts/Forward Movement), Omon Ra (the Restaged Histories project/Brisbane Powerhouse/Adelaide Fringe), The Neverending Story (Harvest Rain), The Tempest, A Midsummer Nights Dream (4MBS). Film and TV credits include: Drive Hard (Trenchard Smith), Lightning Point (Nickelodeon/10), Mabo (ABC), Heartbeat (ITV-UK), Sea Patrol (ch 9), Girl Clock (Ussi), Reef and Beef (Poku).
James Stewart Henry
James Stewart has most recently been seen as ‘Jake Barton’ in the hit series, Packed to the Rafters on the Seven Network.
James made his television debut in the Network Ten series Breakers before appearing in the US series Beastmaster. His other television credits include Sea Patrol, Monarch Cove, H20: Just Add Water and Mortified.
On the big screen, James has appeared in Di Drew’s Hildegarde with Richard E. Grant, Nick Cohen’s Voodoo Lagoon, Lionsgate’s The Condemned and Sue Brooks’ Subdivision.
His numerous theatre credits include The Narcissist and Svetlana In Slingbacks for La Boite; The Crucible, The Glass Menagerie and Richard II for the Queensland Theatre Company; The Narcissist for the Sydney Theatre Company; and Caucasian Chalk Circle and Love’s Labour Lost for the Harvest Rain Theatre Company. James’ performance in The Glass Menagerie earned him a Matilda Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Trevor Stuart Roy
U.Q. (Science), early QTC, Grin & Tonic, Decroux Mime School (Paris), Lumiere & Son experimental theatre, London (28 shows, 76-91). La Boite: As You Like It (‘12) for which he received a Helpmann nomination, Circus Lumiere (and dir. ‘82), Taboo in ‘91, Secret Death of Salvador Dali ‘01-’04, Hamlet ‘10. Also in Brisbane: Hamlet on Ice, Kaspar (Frame/Kennett ‘74), Passionate Positions (dir. ‘79), Vulture Culture (TN! ‘87), Expo ’88 (dir. Natural Theatre), Alice and Alice Bus Tour and Mad and Ugly Show (Brisbane Festival, ‘09). Lately: directing Fool Spectrum (Tate Liverpool), Upside Down Wrong Way Round (Unity, Liverpool), Feast (Street Festival, Liverpool, ’11) and The Bar of Ideas for London’s Central School. Performing at Tate Modern and Venice Biennale for artists, Elmgreen & Dragset, The Spurting Man, Leak, Mr. Lucky’s Party, Waiting to Happen (Avanti Display) and Design For Living (QTC, ‘13). Favourite Review: “If the Marquis de Sade were alive today, he would be Trevor Stuart” (Edinburgh ‘02). He has made a large scale installation The Information Tango for South Bank, London, slaughtered 250 soft toys filled with blood in At Home with Ted Bunny at Serpentine Gallery, London and lectured at Adelaide Film Festival on 101 films to see before you die. Conversations in the bar: Trevor has worked with The Fall, Guy Ritchie, Sally Potter, Julie Christie, Burt Reynolds, Geoffrey Rush, Bille Brown and Helen Statman. More: www.cocoloco.co.uk
Hugh O'Connor Designer
Hugh O’Connor began his engagement with theatre as an actor and director for Lismore based, youth theatre company ‘Theatre-Theatre’ between 1998 and 2008. He graduated from the design course at NIDA in 2013 where his production credits included The Witches directed by Lucas Jervies, Cosi directed by David Berthold, and the Tom Waits musical Woyzeck directed by Imara Savage. In 2014 he is designing for La Boite in Brisbane, Griffin Theatre Company in Sydney, and Malthouse in Melbourne.
Ben Hughes Lighting Designer
Ben is Associate Artistic Director of The Danger Ensemble and has created the lighting for The Danger Ensemble productions The Wizard of Oz, Sons of Sin, Children of War, Loco Maricon Amor and The Hamlet Apocalypse. La Boite Theatre Company productions include Kitchen Diva and Statespeare. For QTC his lighting credits include Black Diggers (Co-production with Sydney Festival), Design For Living, Trollop (as Co-Director/Designer), 1001 Nights, Mother Courage and Her Children, The Pitch & The China Incident, Kelly, Head Full of Love, Fractions (co-production with HotHouse Theatre), Orphans, An Oak Tree, Sacre Bleu!, Fat Pig, Let The Sunshine (co-production with Melbourne Theatre Company),The Crucible, 25 Down, Stones in His Pockets, I Am My Own Wife, John Gabriel Borkman, The Estimator, Private Fears in Public Places, Man Equals Man, Waiting for Godot, Eating Icecream with Your Eyes Closed, The Exception and The Rule, Ruby Moon, A Property of The Clan. Other lighting credits include Giselle, A Classical Celebration, ...with Attitude, ...live Attitude (Queensland Ballet), Propel, Carmen Sweet (Expressions Dance Company), Home (The Nest Ensemble) as well as productions for Brisbane Festival, Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre, JUTE Theatre, The Good Room, The Forward Movement, QPAC, QUT, Gold Coast Arts Centre and Kooemba Jdarra. As Associate Lighting Designer his work includes productions with Meryl Tankard and Barrie Kosky. Ben was an Affiliate Artist with QTC in 2011 and in 2013 was the company’s Resident Lighting Designer. Ben currently lectures in Technical Production and Lighting Design at QUT, and in 2011 received the Groundling Award for Outstanding Contribution to Lighting Design. Ben is a member of the Association of Lighting Designers and the United States Institute of Theatre Technology.
Samuel Boyd Sound Designer
Brisbane based emerging sound designer for theatre, Samuel holds a Certificate III in Live Production Theatre & Events Worker (Technical Operations), and graduated from QUT with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama) with distinction.
Samuel’s festival sound design work includes Festival of Australian Theatre 2013:Anita Elizabeth Jenson. Short & Sweet 2012: Copstitutes! Professional Lovers, Amateur Detectives! Backbone's 2high Festival 2012: Thomas Bartsch’s Propagation. Samuel also scored music for Brisbane Writers Festival in Voyage to Verdada in 2011, Markwell Presents’ Monochrome in 2011 and Vena Cava Productions; of little matter and Iphigenia 2.0 in 2012. Most recently, Samuel has worked at La Boite’s Roundhouse for La Boite Indie for A Tribute of Sorts by Monsters Appear in 2012; a dinner with gravity by Sarah Winter in 2012 and was also the Assistant Sound Designer on The Glass Menagerie 2013 under The Australian Voices’ Gordon Hamilton. Samuel was Artistic Director of Vena Cava Productions for the company’s 2013 season, and works as an instructor for shake & stir theatre company.
Cosi is suitable for mature students in Years 8-12. It contains some coarse language and sexual references.
One free teacher ticket per 10 students booked
PLUS - New in 2014! Brush up on all things Cosi with Director David Berthold in a special Teacher Feature
- Mental illness
- Vietnam War
- Reality vs illusion
Theatrical Conventions & Curriculum Links
- Australian drama
- Autobiographical storytelling
- Screen adaptations
- Direct address/narrator
Packed to the Rafters stars to perform at La Boite Theatre
La Boite has landed a theatrical coup, bringing Packed to the Rafters stars Jessica Marais and James Stewart to Brisbane for its 2014 season. Brisbane Times
Love Child star Jessica Marais celebrates the mother of all workloads in 2014
Since February, when she wrapped filming on her first US drama series, Magic City, Marais has been in hot demand, going back-to-back with work including the ABC telemovie Carlotta, Love Child and most recently preparation for a summer season of Cosi, at Brisbane's La Boite Theatre, co-starring Stewart. www.news.com.au
Jessica's Role Will Pack Them to the Rafters
AUSSIE golden girl Jessica Marais is back on home soil and currently calling the Sunshine State home. The stunning actress and her fiance, fellow actor James "Jimmy" Stewart, are preparing to star in La Boite Theatre Company's production of Louis Nowra's iconic play Cosi. Herald Sun
Take a look inside Brisbane's new star-studded production of Cosi
Raucous laughter has been spilling out of La Boite Theatre this week. At first it’s easy to assume it’s an audience enjoying the work of well know comedians or suffering the effects of too much happy gas, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The culprits are the cast of Cosi, the team who are preparing to bring Louis Nowra’s classic Australian comedy to life, and boy are they having fun doing it. BMag
Cosi: Keeping a Straight Face
Director-turned-actor Ben Schostakowski is no stranger to the stage. In a case of life imitating art, his latest role is that of a young theatre director stuck in a tricky situation. Scene Magazine
Jess and James Take the Baby Challenge
They've had plenty of practice with their own daughter, but when Jessica Marais and James Stewart joined Robin, Terry and Bob at 97.3FM they decided to set them a challenge. While James has had plenty of practice during his time as a stay at home dad, would it be enough to beat the maternal instinct of Jess when we set them the Baby Challenge? 97.3FM
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Stars of stage and screen Cosi up to classic Australian play at La Boite
Amy Ingram is fast becoming a familiar face among Brisbane theatregoers. The Red Hill actor won fans and praise with her show-stopping role in Queensland Theatre Company’s 2010 Fat Pig – replacing Rebel Wilson who pulled out due to film commitments – and continues to shine, this time in La Boite Theatre Company’s Cosi. Quest Newspapers