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American Song

Australian playwright Joanna Murray Smith's latest play attempts to shed a little light on the horrifying phenomenon of gun violence in America.

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American Song

Date: 19 Feb 2020

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.

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.

Australian playwright Joanna Murray Smith’s latest play attempts to shed a little light on the horrifying phenomenon of American gun violence. It tells the story of one father, Andy, as a tragedy unfolds.

Commissioned in the United States, and produced there in 2016 to great acclaim, American Song reaches beyond national or cultural borders in an intimate exploration of parenting, love and the question, ‘what could I have done differently?’

Joe Petruzzi stars. Tom Healey directs.

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