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A lost US classic and Pulitzer Prize winner.

Inspired by the life and work of the American poet Emily Dickinson, we present ALISON’S HOUSE by Susan Glaspell. Motivated by a desire to bring iconic, but neglected plays written by women into contemporary consciousness, ALISON’S HOUSE is an integral part of our 2018 Season.

It is 18 years since Alison Stanhope, the country's foremost poet, died. Now the house she lived in must be sold, but it holds secrets.

Does the private life of a public figure belong to the world? It is a question of our time, yet ALISON’S HOUSE, a play from 1930 set on New Year’s Eve in 1899, starts with this very question. In a classic example of life imitating art imitating life, Emily Dickinson’s estate denied Glaspell the use of Dickinson’s name and work, so she rewrote the script, changing the name to Alison.

One of American drama's best kept secrets, Susan Glaspell was highly acclaimed and widely known during her era, but drifted into obscurity after her death in 1948. 

Running time: 130 minutes including interval

Producers: Julie Baz and David Jeffrey
Director: Julie Baz
Stage Manager: Rebecca Lang
Set Design: David Jeffrey
Lighting Design: Mehran Mortezaei
Sound Design: Thomas E. Moore
Costume Design: Bosie Crawford, The Wardrobe 

Cast: Matthew Bartlett, Veronica Clavijo,
Penny Day, Dominique De Marco, Elliott Falzon, Nyssa Hamilton, David Jeffrey, Brendan Lorenzo, James Martin, Tasha O'Brien, Sarah Plummer

​ALISON'S HOUSE premiered in New York in December 1930. The play was unexpectedly and controversially awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1931.

Susan Keating Glaspell
(July 1, 1876 – July 27, 1948) was an American Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, actress, director, novelist, biographer and poet. She was a founding member of the Provincetown Players, one of the most important collaboratives in the development of modern drama in 

Matthew Bartlett - MR HODGES
Alison’s House is Matthew’s second production at the Depot Theatre, he is incredibly excited to work on this play. His recent theatre credits include Yakov in Secret House’s production of Chekhov’s Seagull in December of the 2017 season and 
the United States. She also served in the Works Progress Administration as Midwest Bureau Director of the Federal Theater Project. Her novels and plays are committed to developing deep, sympathetic characters, to understanding 'life' in its complexity. Though realism was the medium of her fiction, she was also greatly interested in philosophy and religion. Many of her characters make principled stands. As part of the Provincetown Players, she arranged for the first ever reading of a play by Eugene O'Neill.
 
​​production at the Academy Platonov in his graduating of Film, Theatre and Television (AFTT). As a trained musician and musical scholar, he is fascinated by the way music is integrated into the theatre and he worked closely with director Anthony Skuse on both productions to develop the musical and sonic life of the plays as well as acting in them. He is an alumni of the University of Sydney, where he worked on productions with the dramatic and musica theatre societies (SUDS and MUSE) while he studied music and philosophy (because why not?). He has also worked on cross-over productions with UTS Backstage as an actor, singer and set designer.

Veronica Clavijo - LOUISE
Veronica completed her Cert IV in Performing Arts and is now undertaking a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Media and Philosophy. She is a current student at Sydney Actors Collective under the guidance of Chum Ehelepola and Eden Falk and has developed 


Penny Day - JENNIE
Penny re-trained in later life at the Guildhall school of Music and Drama in London. She lived in Asia for many years working as a full time professional voice and theatre actor, voicing everything from Japanese anime, movies to telephone answering systems. She 


​​her performance skills with some of Sydney’s best coaches including Linda Nagle, Bill Pepper and Paige Walker. Veronica has been cast in a number of leading and featured roles in national television commercials including Toyota Hilux, Commonwealth Bank and HCF. She recently worked with Ian Meadows and Ashley Ricardo on TV Pilot project ‘Me and You’.  Veronica was cast in the ensemble for Birdie Productions ‘Fame! The Musical’, played Teena Gikas in Take Away Theatre’s ‘Baraki 2010’ and has a plethora of short films, web series and indie projects under her belt. When Veronica is not pursuing her dream of performing you can find her writing, reading or studying. On her days off she is a dance, singing and drama teacher to a number of wonderful students at Dare To Shine Dance Studio, a family business in Marrickville. Veronica is thrilled to be cast in Depot Theatre’s ‘Alison’s House’ and hopes to continue to inspire her students by following her dreams of being a performing artist.


​​ran her own highly successful family theatre group Purple Turtle for many years, which toured China and was invited to represent Hong Kong at the International Festival of Theatre Methods in Latvia in 2005. Since moving to Australia she has been very busy in movies, TV and theatre. She works as an actor in theatre in education raising awareness by performing anti-bullying shows to high schools throughout Sydney.


Elliott Falzon - KNOWLES
​Performing is everything in Elliott Falzon's life. He recently wrapped production for his debut screen role as the pimp and nightclub doorman Sonny in Jerome Kattampalil’s science fiction thriller The Exchange, an independent feature film.  His stage credits 

Dominique De Marco - MRS HODGES
Dominique De Marco graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore, in 2014. Her theatre credits include; Lady Soul and Her Ultimate S Machine, (Esplanade, Singapore) Cat in the Hat (Singapore Repertory Theatre) and
​​include playing Dom in Jordy Shea’s short play Little Differences for the inaugural 2017 season of Intersection at the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP), directed by Katrina Douglas and Jonathon in Three Winters Green at The Actors’ Pulse in Redfern. He has played Wally in  Alphabetical Order by Michael Frayn, The Minister in Black Hands/Dead Section by Van Badham, Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night, Pontius Pilate in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Gurguis, Analytikos in Helena’s Husband by Philip Moeller, Vince Fontaine in Grease, Gonzalo in The Tempest, Jack Stone in Reefer Madness, and Sonny in Tupperware George, a 2016 Short + Sweet finalist written by Sam Nixen, as well as a number of sketch comedy showcases. He has trained at ATYP under the tuition of Robert Jago, Anthony Skuse, Fraser Corfield, Amy Hume, Chris Edmund and Josh McConville, as well as training in screen and theatre at Actors’ Centre Australia (ACA) and The Hub Studio. His father, Edmund Falzon, was his first intensive acting coach and remains his most trusted source of wisdom, inspiration and guidance, an acting agent who formerly toured the world as an actor throughout the ‘70s and onwards with his self-owned English theatre company, the Actors’ Touring Company (ATC).  


Forum Theatre Production: Gender-based Oppression (7th Asia Pacific Bureau Theatre Schools Festival, Shanghai). Film Credits: Bad Behaviour (Sterling Cinema/MEDiAKiN/Caldwell Entertainment /Global Alliance Production) Dominique is thrilled to perform in Sydney and is a proud member of MEAA.


Nyssa Hamilton - ELSA
Nyssa Hamilton has resided on three continents, of which Australia is the best. She has appeared as Mercy Lewis in The Crucible with Bard on the Beach, Maxine in Technicolour Life, Lucinda in Cristina in the Cupboard, Puck in Midsummer Night's Dream and 
Madelaine True in the LaChuisa Wild Party. She trained at Seattle Central Community College, The University of Newcastle Australia, and has a Masters in Theatre Making from Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, London. Nyssa wrote, produced, co-directed and performed Too Few To Mention at the Hackney Showroom in London in 2015 and the Newcastle Fringe Festival in 2016. She adores Margaret Atwood, comedy podcasts and her dog is named after a comic book character not Shakespeare although that is what she tells people. In 2011 Nyssa won the City of Newcastle Drama 

David Jeffrey - STANHOPE
Originally from New Zealand, David is a 1999 graduate of the Actors College of Theatre and Television (ACTT). For The Depot Theatre, he performed the role of Man 2 in The Big Meal by Dan LeFranc, Frank in Educating Rita by Willy Russell ​​(2017), Robert in

Cristina in the Cupboard by Paul Gilchrist (2016), He in Plaything by Simon Dodd (2016), Lopakhin in The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chechkov (2015) and Paster Manders in Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen (2015). David performed in the Pulitizer nominated Thom Pain (Based on Nothing) by Will Eno (2014), played Topher in the new Australian play, An Ordinary Person by Robert Allan (2013) and Mr Bullen in the Sydney Premiere of Something Natural But Very Childish (2013) at the Old Fitzroy Theatre for SITCO. In 2012, he played Joe Ryan in When the Rain Stops Falling by Andrew Bovell and Frank in Educating Rita by Willy Russell for SITCO and played Claudius in Hamlet and Gremio in The Taming of the Shrew for Sydney Shakespeare Festival. Other credits include The Complete Package by Robert Allan for SITCO, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night and Much Ado About Nothing for Sydney Shakespeare Festival. David appeared in numerous productions for Go Theatre including the Australian Premiere of Serial Killers by James Griffin and Boys Life by Howard Korder.


Brendan Lorenzo - EBEN
Born in Spain to a Spanish father and an Australian mother, Brendan moved to Brisbane at the age of 7. Performing in Eisteddfod’s since he was 8 years old, Brendan has had his heart set on a career as an actor from an early age. In 2015, Brendan began studying a Bachelor of Fine  

Arts at QUT, a course with an impressive alumni including Brenton Thwaites, Gyton Grantley and Anna McGahan. In 2016, Brendan played Tony in Little Revolution, various roles in Children of the Sun and Salerio in The Merchant of Venice. In his graduating year, Brendan played Levin in Anna Karenina, Jackie in The Motherfu**er with the Hat and Ron Miller in Breaking the Code. Alison's House is Brendan's first play out of drama school. 


James Martin - TED
James considers himself to have been born and bred in Sydney Australia. As far back as he can remember, he has had a burning desire to be an actor on both stage and screen. His passion led him to complete an advanced diploma in stage 
Tasha O'Brien - ANN
Tasha O’Brien graduated from the University of Wollongong with a Bachelor of Performance (Acting) in 2014. Her credits include being a member of the 2015 PACT Collective, the Sydney premiere of The Girlie Show, The Depot Theatre’s production of Cristina in 
and screen acting at the Academy of Film Theatre and Television. During his time at AFTT, he was exposed to an extensive range of skills and techniques that have provided me with a platform to enter the industry as a skilled, versatile and prepared professional. He has been given the opportunity to perform in some amazing works including the role of Othello in Shakespeare's 'Othello' directed by Sean O'Riordan and Tadeusz Slobodzianek's 'Our Class' directed by Anthony Skuse. This is James' 2nd production at The Depot Theatre, previously performing in Technicolor Life by Jami Brandli.​

the Cupboard, and the Australian premieres of Technicolor Life and The Big Meal. As part of The General Public Theatre Company, she has toured their sell-out show Europe Won’t Fix You and directed The Genny P Junior’s debut children’s show Woop Wagon. She has just performed in the premiere of According to Otto as part of the 2018 Mardi Gras Festival, performed in The Carousel as part of MerrigongX after seasons at both Shopfront and Downstairs Belvoir, and she is also in development for PYT Fairfield’s The Playlist.
Sarah Plummer - AGATHA
After taking some time out to start to a family Sarah is relishing the chance to step on stage again under the direction of Julie and work with the Depot Team. She has previously performed at The Depot in Christina In The Cupboard (2016), also directed by Julie and 
The Days Are as Grass (2016) directed by Jane Edwina Seymour. Sarah recently was awarded Best Actress 2017 at The Scottish International film Awards for her role in the short film ‘Untold’.