The UK premiere of Steven Dietz's play Lonely Planet has been announced to run at the Tabard Theatre in west London from 27 June to 15 July 2017, with an official opening on 29 June. Originally premiering at the Northlight Theatre in Illinois in 1993 the drama is considered his most widely performed work. Described as a heartfelt, funny and ultimately moving play this London production stars Alexander McMorran and Aaron Vodovoz and is directed by Ian Brown with set and costume design by Nik Corrall, lighting by Will Scarnell and sound design by Peter West.
Lonely Planet originally premiered in Northlight Theatre, Illinois in 1993. Considered his most widely performed work, this production marks its UK premiere from award-winning playwright Steven Dietz, recently placed eighth on the list of the Top Ten Most Produced Playwrights in America, equal to Edward Albee and Tennessee Williams.
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It’s the 1980’s in an unknown American city. There is no internet and mobile phones are a rarity, sharing information and knowledge is near impossible. It’s dark, and communication is hard. A poster appears at a local store, it’s a photo of a person’s torso with lesions all over. It’s an unknown condition that spreads quickly.
Lonely Planet is a heartfelt, funny and ultimately moving play that focuses on the friendship between Jody, a cautious and thoughtful man who insulates himself in the map store he owns; and Carl, a frequent visitor to the store with an unusually vivid imagination and multiple, ever-changing occupations. Carl notices Jody has been isolating himself from the world and starts bringing chairs into his shop to convince him to confront the fears which prevent him from leaving his store. The play shows an individual’s struggle to come to terms with illness, their own mortality and the stigma associated with AIDS.