THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY by Thornton Wilder | Adapted by Phillip Kavanagh
There is a land of the living and a land of the dead, and the bridge is love...
10th to 25th July 2020
It’s 18th century Peru. An ancient Incan rope bridge collapses sending five strangers plummeting to their deaths and unleashing a fabulist’s tale of conspiracy, seduction and betrayal.
In this thrilling reimagining of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer-winning novel, Adelaide’s celebrated Brink Productions brings their unique theatricality to a daisy chain of stories and coincidence that leads five strangers to meet their fate.
The incomparable Paul Capsis, in an extraordinary act of theatrical shamanism, inhabits the role of Camila Perichole, the greatest actress of her age, as she draws the audience into an epic narrative that ultimately reveals her own heartbreaking story.
Joining Capsis on stage, inside Jonathan Oxlade’s magical deconstructed 18th century world, Australia’s acclaimed guitarists Slava and Leonard Grigoryan bring their breathtaking virtuosity to infuse the world with the heat and sweat of Latin American music, transporting us across oceans and time and into a communion with the Fates.
The Bridge of San Luis Rey is co-commissioned by Adelaide Festival Centre’s Adelaide Guitar Festival
WORLD PREMIERE season presented by Brink Productions in association with the Adelaide Festival Centre and with the generous support of State Theatre Company of South Australia
THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY © 1927 The Wilder Family LLC