Can anyone be an artist? Does “art” have boundaries? How much of that even matters in a world where there are more “serious” issues at stake?
SAMO IS DEAD, a new play by 20-year-old Jodi Rabinowitz toes the line between satirising and celebrating the stubborn passion of young creatives while warning of the danger of idealising infamy.
Arts student Luke’s excessive idolatry of the late Jean-Michel Basquiat bars him from creating his own original works; yet he maintains he is on the verge of greatness – especially to Beth, a university dropout.
Beth swears she’s fine waiting tables, but her co-worker Holly isn’t so sure. Holly is desperate to get out of the cafe, out of her small-town life, and she’ll do anything to make it happen.
And all along, Samo is dead.
A recipient of the University of Sydney Union’s Bright Ideas Grant, SAMO IS DEAD blends music, art, and theatre to explore life, art, legacy and the meaning of it all – if there even is one.
Read Jason Blake’s review here.