Mes­sage across uni­verses

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage -

TURN­ING 30 might freak some peo­ple out, but for al­most-30 writer and di­rec­tor Jes­sica Mes­sen­ger it proved a source of cre­ative in­spi­ra­tion for her play Mul­ti­verse The­ory in D.

“The show ac­tu­ally be­gan as a writ­ing ex­er­cise when I was in the Black Swan Young Writ­ers Group in 2012,” Mes­sen­ger said.

“We were asked to write a 10minute piece in re­sponse to the provo­ca­tion ‘And Then What?’. I be­came fas­ci­nated with this idea, that choice can be paralysing rather than em­pow­er­ing and so the ques­tion changed to be­come ‘What if?’.

“As a very busy mother, artist and busi­ness woman I wanted to ex­plore this idea that the mod­ern day woman can have it all, bal­anced with the re­al­ity that ‘hav­ing it all’ isn't al­ways what it is cracked up to be.”

Mes­sen­ger, artis­tic di­rec­tor of re­branded in­de­pen­dent the­atre com­pany El­lan­dar, said Mul­ti­verse The­ory in D fo­cused on the char­ac­ter Naomi who, on the eve of her 30th birth­day, starts ex­pe­ri­enc­ing three dif­fer­ent ver­sions of her life – ca­reer-driven dou­ble in­come no kids, sul­try jazz singer and hippy mother.

“The show plays with physics, jazz mu­sic and com­plex in­ter­per­sonal re­la­tion­ships to ex­plore Naomi's strong de­sire to es­cape her life,” she said.

“It is a play­ful, funny, mu­si­cal and hope­fully very sen­si­tive look at de­pres­sion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion.”

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