MARCH 9-24th, 2019

Australia, 1850s.
A traveler’s rest on the ruthless colonial frontier.
A child is missing. A man is dead. A church is burned to the ground.
When strangers take the law into their own hands in a land that is not their own, history will be forged and stories will be told in the name of survival.

Holy Day is a powerful piece of gothic storytelling. Set against the isolation of the mid-19th century Australian landscape, the play begins with the arrival of three mysterious travellers and a stolen child. The relationship between white European settlers and the First Peoples is already fraught, and when an Indigenous woman is accused of taking the child, it sets in motion a series of tragic events, as the intersecting lives of four women and four men help shape the history of a nation. Political, complex and frighteningly current, this award-winning work deals with themes of race, gender and justice, exploring the conflict between new beginnings and forgotten pasts. 

2002 Victorian Premier's Literary Award and AWGIE – Stage Award winner


Andrew Bovell is an award-winning Australian writer for theatre, film and TV. His AWGIE award-winning play Speaking in Tongues has been seen throughout Australia, Europe and the United States. His play When the Rain Stops Falling has been performed internationally, including at the Lincoln Center, New York and the Wilma Theatre, Philadelphia.

His most recent project, Things I know to be True, was co-created with the British physical theatre company Frantic Assembly and is currently touring the UK. His other works include After Dinner, Scenes from a Separation, Who's Afraid of the Working Class? and Secret River.  

''I'm thrilled that The New Natives Theatre Company are bringing Holy Day to the attention of a New York audience. I think the theatre is one of the most effective places to shine light on the shadows of the past. I wish them the cast and creatives the best.'' - Andrew Bovell


For two decades Barbara Rubin has cultivated a career as an inventive director of contemporary and classical theatre in New York and abroad. She's worked on Broadway and Off, and internationally, in Europe and her native South Africa.

She is also a dialect coach for stage, film and TV. She's worked with actors such as Hilary Swank, Rosemary Harris, Jennifer Hudson, Terrence Howard and Carla Gugino. Known for her longtime collaboration with renowned South African playwright Athol Fugard, she coached all 5 productions in his recent Signature Theatre Residency, including the Tony nominated revival of Master Harold…and the Boys.

At the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Barbara is the Co-Director of the Academy’s NY Company where she directs and mentors actors on the brink of launching their professional careers.


Over the last 20 years Heather has evolved into an innovative theatre maker/director/performer. She has worked internationally, nationally, in regional theatre (American Repertory Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, Montana Repertory Theatre etc...) and in downtown New York (Blessed Unrest, East River Commedia, Theatre Trouve). Heather has directed and created numerous devised pieces for the Acting Company at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Montclair State University where she is currently an assistant professor and program coordinator of the BFA Acting Program and teaches acting and movement. Program director of the Devised Theatre Project of the Americas, a program created in partnership with the Universidad Mayor in Santiago Chile to create bi-lingual devised theatre pieces and chair of Devised Theatre for Region 2 of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. She is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographer’s Society and Actor’s Equity Association.


Creative Team

Writer: Andrew Bovell 
Barbara Rubin & Heather Benton 
Production Stage Manager:
Deidre Works 
Executive Producer:
Nelson Ornelas
Jillian Geurts, Daniel Holme, Ania Upstill 
Assistant Director:
Ruby Vadiveloo 
Caroline Snape 
Lighting Designer:
Caitlin Rapaport Smith 
Scenic & Costume Designer:
Marisa Kaugars 
Assistant Costume Designer:
Camilla Dely
Sound Designer:
Caroline Eng
Fight Choreographer:
Matthew Shaw  
Assistant Stage Manager:
Sophia Grasso, Maddi Ridley 
Wardrobe Assistant:
Charlie Munday  
Luke Neville 
Kate Montgomery  
Assistant Producer:
Joyce Lee

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