the open hand

by Robert Caisley


wednesday, 1 may at 7pm

Alex Theatre (135 Fitzroy St, St Kilda)

Allison does not accept gifts. Not even on her birthday. Not even from her fiancé. So when she finds herself without her wallet and unable to pay the tab for an expensive lunch with a friend, it is with great reluctance that she accepts the generosity of a total stranger. Determined to repay his kindness, Allison comes face-to-face with the dark secrets that drive her inability to accept even the simplest act of benevolence.



Stage directions read by CHLOE TOWAN

"Caisley excels at placing evocatively drawn characters in situations of social and personal conflict, all the while mixing comedy with angst, then mining the dramatic results."

"You'll laugh a lot and leave thinking about benevolence and kindness, loneliness and redemption."

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Rob blowers

Rob is an up and coming performer in the Melbourne theatre scene, having started in 2016. Rob has appeared as Doody in Grease (Phoenix Theatre Co), Orin Scrivello in Little Shop of Horrors (SLAMS Music Theatre Co), Cinderella’s Prince and The Wolf in Into The Woods (Bottled Snail Productions), and recently understudied Anthony Scundi in the role of Guido Contini in NINE the Musical (StageArt). Rob also performs as a vocalist with the Melbourne Lawyers’ Big Band, and is currently making his directorial debut with a production of Pasek & Paul’s Dogfight (Lightbox Productions).


melissa david

Melissa is a Northern California native who moved from NYC to be with her Australian husband in Melbourne. She is a graduate of the MFA Acting program at the University of Tennessee, currently in the top 30 programs in the world. Favorite roles include New Shoes (Off-Broadway debut, The Drama League), RENT (Maureen) and The Threepenny Opera (Lucy). She is a founding member of Antipodes Theatre Company and is Artistic Director of Brooklyn Runaways. Together with her creative partner Peppy Smears, she has written and performed in four cabarets. “Thank you to my Hubby, my show hubby, and my business hubby.”

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courtney glass

Courtney made her Broadway debut in The Woman In White, understudying and performing the title role. Since moving to Australia in 2014, Courtney has appeared in Man of La Mancha, Kiss Me, Kate, Of Thee I Sing (Squabbalogic), You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Alex Theatre), Brigadoon and Oklahoma! (The Production Company). Next up, Courtney will appear in Sweeney Todd starring Anthony Warlow and Gina Riley, playing Sydney's International Convention Centre and Her Majesty's Theatre in Melbourne. Later this winter, she will play Yvonne in the Victorian tour of Sunday in the Park with George. Proud graduate of New York University.

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john voce

John trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Film includes Crush, A Waste Of Shame, Penelope, Art Party, and The Infiltrator. TV includes Dr Who, Jonathan Creek, Miranda, The Great Train Robbery, Doctors, Holby City (BBC), two appearances in Downton Abbey, Grantchester, Primeval (ITV), Sons of Liberty (The History Channel), and Neighbours. Recent theatre work includes Fawlty Towers Live and Calendar Girls. John is also an accomplished comedy improviser, and is about to make his Melbourne debut with Impro Melbourne in At The Movies, here at the comedy festival. John was born near Oxford, and now resides in Melbourne.

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don winsor

Don is an American-born actor and baritone now living in Australia. Recents credits include Marvin in Falsettos (StageArt) and principal cover for Henry Higgins in the Julie Andrews-helmed My Fair Lady (Opera Australia/GFO). Favorite roles include Beast and Gaston in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Anatoly in Chess, Chauvelin in The Scarlet Pimpernel, Billy Flynn in Chicago, Sam Carmichael in the Broadway tour of Mamma Mia, Harold Hill in The Music Man, Thomas Andrews in Titanic, and an award-winning Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar. TV/Film work includes Mars Attacks, Hopelessly Devoted to You, Neighbours, and Preacher.

Part of Antipodes Theatre Company's Free Reading Series in collaboration with Alex Theatre, St. Kilda – presenting public readings of plays that have yet to be seen on Australian stages, followed by a discussion about the material.