MARCH 9th-24th 2019
NEW OHIO THEATRE, 154 Christopher Street, NY

Holy Day is a powerful piece from acclaimed Australian playwright Andrew Bovell. Full of darkness and mystery, it is set on the white frontier in mid-nineteenth century Australia and tells the story of four women and their men. Delving into Australia's complex and difficult history, the play deals with themes of race and justice and explores the conflict between new beginnings and stolen pasts. This award-winning work resonates across international borders and remains extremely relevant in our current political and cultural climate. 

''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.


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.  


To be announced.

Creative Team

Writer: Andrew Bovell
Barbara Rubin
Producer: Jillian Geurts
Executive Producer: Nelson Ornelas
Production Manager:
Daniel Holme

Gallery, rehearsed Reading 2017

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