By Timberlake Wertenbaker Adapted from Thomas Keneally's novel "The Playmaker" Directed by Ameenah Kaplan
The most unbelievable stories are often born from truth. This one, for example, about Australia’s infamous penal colony. But there are other truths that swirl inside that story. For example, that not all crimes are equal, and not all prisoners are crooks. That art redeems. That language transforms. And that people born without a chance deserve a chance to be something better. Maybe words can’t pick their locks, but they can free them from their shackles. And it’s not just the convicts who feel that freedom. It’s all of us.
PS: There is a play within this play and it happens to be "The Recruiting Officer." See them together for a richer experience of both.