Down-and-out film writer Walter Weinermann is psyching himself up for the biggest pitch meeting of his life with a panel of powerful producers. He has an epic idea; he has a dream cast, including flinteyed assassin Clint Eastwood, loudmouthed sidekick Chris Tucker and relentless nemesis Jet Li. He has cameos from Sean Connery and Robert De Niro. The one thing he doesn't have is a decent ending.
After moving to Hollywood in the 1920s, screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz sent a telegram to friends back in New York: "Millions are to be grabbed out here, and your only competition is idiots." It's still true today; and by the time the credits roll on Peter Houghton's witty, manic, one-man show we'll find out if Walter is destined to be a millionaire -- or just an idiot.
WINNER OF GREEN ROOM AWARD FOR BEST NEW AUSTRALIAN PLAY (2006)
The China Incident
The China Incident is the story of one woman, a perfect storm of crises, and altogether too many phones. Bea Pontivec is a high-flying, highly-strung diplomatic consultant who's quite literally well connected. She has hotlines to the White House, to the United Nations, to a bloodthirsty dictator. She's a power-broker, a playmaker, a cast-iron negotiator, a control freak.
But as this pin-sharp satire becomes ever more frenetic, and her personal and professional lives collide, Bea will learn the meaning of the term 'communications breakdown'.
Queensland Theatre Company