Autobiography of Red

Production still for "Autobiography of Red". Luke Mullins. Photographer: Jeff Busby

Autobiography of Red

By Luke Mullins

12 September 2006 – 24 September 2006 Tower Theatre

Adapted from Anne Carson's verse novel of the same name

Malthouse Theatre,

New Adaptation Theatre World Premiere

Autobiography of Ref is a one-person show adapted from Anne Carson's novel of the same name. Carson's version is a retelling of the myth of Hercule and Geryon as a modern gay romance. 

In an autobiography begun as a five-year-old boy, a young man who is also a winged red monster bares the volcanic terrain of his inner and outer worlds. In the hands of an abusive brother and an affectionate but ineffectual mother, Geryon finds solace behind the lens of his camera, and in the arms of Herakles - a cavalier drifter who abandons Geryon at the peak of his infatuation.

 

"MULLINS IS MORE THAN EQUAL TO THESE DEMANDS. AS HE PROGRESSES FROM IMPASSIONED LOVER TO DESIRING AND NAUSEATED EX-LOVER TO, FINALLY, BITTER BUT LIBERATED SELF-KNOWLEDGE, MULLINS IS RIVETING. IN TURN SEDUCTIVE, IRONIC, WITTY, BROKEN OR DESOLATE, HE EMBODIES FOR US CARSON'S BITTERSWEET PARADOX OF ROMANTIC LOVE."

— Theatre Notes

Production still for "Autobiography of Red". Luke Mullins. Photographer: Jeff Busby
Production still for "Autobiography of Red". Luke Mullins. Photographer: Jeff Busby
Production still for "Autobiography of Red". Luke Mullins. Photographer: Jeff Busby
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Production still for "Autobiography of Red". Luke Mullins. Photographer: Jeff Busby

Production still for "Autobiography of Red". Luke Mullins. Photographer: Jeff Busby

Production still for "Autobiography of Red". Luke Mullins. Photographer: Jeff Busby

Cast

Luke Mullins

Luke Mullins

Devisor, Actor

Creatives

Robert Meldrum

Robert Meldrum

Voice Over Artist

Mary Sitarenos

Mary Sitarenos

Voice Over Artist

Alan Knoepfler

Alan Knoepfler

Voice Over Artist

Richard Vabre

Richard Vabre

Lighting Designer

Leisa Shelton

Leisa Shelton

Collaborator

Kate Sulan

Kate Sulan

Dramaturg

Jethro Woodward

Jethro Woodward

Sound Designer, Sound Operator/Engineer

Anna Cordingley

Anna Cordingley

Designer

Adam Gardnir

Adam Gardnir

Designer

Anne Carson

Writer

Nick Verso

Nick Verso

Video Designer