As the lone wolf on a mission whose failure could mean the end of his planet, Samuel Curtis has a big job ahead of him. Cory McAbee's cult classic film The American Astronaut is named after this (hopeful) hero, who’s given the task of providing the female denizens of planet Venus with the rarest of creatures – a stud, for mating.
Oscillating eagerly between western, sci-fi, musical and comedy, it is a character by the name of The Boy Who Actually Saw A Woman's Breast that can bring the concept of procreation to an otherwise female-dominated world. Of course no adventure is complete without an arch-nemesis whose only purpose is to annihilate our blissfully ignorant American Astronaut.
Space is a lonely place where humans are traded and payment for dirty work is in the form of flighty felines. It is this grimy underworld of mud-splattered chaps, derelicts and grease monkeys that the New Holland Theatre’s James Wray and Erin Voth bring to the stage as a part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival – a place where space travel is provocative and dialogue is perverse.
The American Astronaut is an exploration into the macabre – the mad scenario – where sexuality is not only a theme but a character. Let our favourite space cowboy lead you down a bumpy path where turbulence is of the upmost. Director Wray and producer Voth work hard to channel the otherworldly and kooky, all the while injecting a healthy dose of humour.
Through the mélange of scripted theatre, garrulous costumes and the live sing-song element of a musical, The American Astronaut is brought to life here on planet earth.
The American Astronaut opens at The Workers Club at 7pm tonight and runs until 8 October, as part of the Fringe Festival.
Full Price: $20
Group: $15 (per person for 4 people)
Two tickets for $20 on opening night.