The Hypotheticals

Meet two best friends in their mid-30s - a single woman and a partnered gay man - who are deciding whether to have a baby. Together.

Meet two best friends in their mid-30s – a single woman and a partnered gay man – who are deciding whether to have a baby. Together. She’s the daughter of immigrants, living on unceded land. He’s a middle-class Australian who has grown up in a world that told him he could be anything he dreams, but he hasn’t really become much. Together they ask where do you belong in your family’s history? What does it mean to bring a child into a world that’s burning? And if a man is gay, isn’t that evolution’s way of telling him to step out of the gene pool? But then… isn’t becoming a parent a natural evolutionary instinct? Is it a right? Is it right for them? And what happens if you have a kid and just get a really annoying one? The Hypotheticals is both a deeply personal story and a work of imagination for the writers and performers Jeffrey Jay Fowler and Sarah Reuben, as they contemplate their futures and the future of their (yet to exist) children. Winner of the Brown’s Mart Theatre Award in the 2020 NT Literary Awards, The Hypotheticals is a savvy exploration of evolution, the human race, fantasy and fear.

Form and Style

The Hypotheticals is a contemporary comedy-drama, acted out on risers as a conversation between two friends as they exercise together in their local neighbourhood. The production is performed by writer/creators Jeffrey Jay Fowler and Sarah Reuben.

Community Engagement

A post-show Q+A with the performers can be included in this presentation.

Reviews

“Sarah Reuben (‘The Woman’) and Jeffrey Jay Fowler (‘The Man’) positively sparkle as best friends navigating the idea of having a child together … what brings this work home is the candid honesty that Fowler and Reuben bring to not only their script, but to their powerhouse performances.” – Geoffrey Williams, Stage Whispers, 2021 Darwin Festival season

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Credits

The Last Great Hunt is an internationally renowned collective of six theatre makers: Gita Bezard, Adriane Daff, Arielle Gray, Chris Isaacs, Jeffrey Jay Fowler and Tim Watts. Created in Perth, WA, our work features an eclectic variety of forms, styles and experiences. JEFFREY JAY FOWLER is a playwright, dramaturg, director and actor. He has performed in and co-created FAG/STAG (winner Scotsman Fringe First 2017), BALI, THE ADVISORS, PERPETUAL WAKE and LÉ NØR [THE RAIN] with The Last Great Hunt. Among the shows he has directed are Girl Shut Your Mouth, Blithe Spirit, The Eisteddfod (winner 2017 PAWA Best Director and Best Mainstage Play), and In The Next Room, or The Vibrator Play for Black Swan State Theatre Company. He was Associate Director of Black Swan from 2014 to 2017, and then their Director of New Writing for 2018 and 19.

SARAH REUBEN is a Darwin-based theatre- maker, performer and producer. Her performance credits include New Babylon for Knock-em-Down Theatre, The Laramie Project for Black Swan State Theatre Company, Pollyanna for Weeping Spoon, How I Learned To Drive for Mockingbird Theatre Company and The Hurting Game for Brainstorm Productions.For her own theatre company, Ruby Gaytime Productions, she has written four shows: Best, Short Change, Death Party and This Jew Sits. Most recently Sarah co-created, produces and performs with the nationally touring show Shania Choir. In 2020 Jeffrey Jay and Sarah were awarded the NT Literary Award for The Hypotheticals.

Availability

From July 2023

Artforms

Drama

Audience

Patrons aged 20 - 40, young professionals, those in the LGBTQI+ community, second generation Australians.

Duration

Approximately 75 minutes

Bump In

4 hours rig/focus & bump in + 4 hours technical rehearsal = 8 hours total

Bump Out

2 hours bump out - this production can be bumped in, performed, and bumped out on the same day

Costs

Weekly Fee: $11,500
Royalties: 10% writers royalty plus designers royalty to be determined

Company Contacts

Elinor King
0433 214 298
elinor@thelastgreathunt.com



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Technical

Venue Format

The work is best suited for a black box space, and a full blackout is preferred. Considering the nature of the show, the performance works best with raked seating.

Touring Party

2 cast + 1 touring manager + 1 support worker = 4 total

Considerations

Maximum performances a week: 8

Does this show require a remount? No

First Possible Performance: Evening of first day (after dinner)

Minimum Break Between Shows: 2.5 hours (1.5 hour break + one hour pre-show call).

Minimum stage dimensions: 3.6m L x 5.4m W x 450mm H

Staging and Set Description: THE HYPOTHETICALS has simple staging requirements. The work contains two (2) actors and a stage riser.

Lighting requirements: Standard rig. FOH operating position should ideally have a clear line of sight to all performers for sound and LX cues. There are approximately 83 cues. VENUE TO SUPPLY: Four (4) x 650w Fresnel, Four (4) x HLX, Four (4) x CCT 650w Profile, Two (2) x ETC S4 Profile, Two (2) x ROBE T1 Profile, Ten (10) x LED Par, Lighting desk

Audio requirements: The show has pre-recorded audio tracks played throughout, played through Q-Lab (file and audio cues will be provided on USB by the touring company). Venue to supply – Sound desk to suit system, Show laptop to operate QLab file, Projector with hanging cradle, Two (2) x radio mics

Other technical or performance notes: Only one venue crew is required for the production (including bump in and bump out) – a lighting technician. An LX plan will be provided to the venue two weeks prior to bump in.