HOLY DAY by Andrew Bovell

Reading followed by wine reception

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. 

As an independent theatre company, we are constantly striving to push boundaries and bring new work to New York City audiences. With the support of Andrew Bovell, who will also be attending, The New Natives is presenting this reading as the first step towards a fully produced run of this timely work in 2018.  

WHEN: 7.30pm, WEDNESday 29th November
WHERE: Theaterlab, 3rd Floor, 357 W36th St, New York

I’m thrilled that The New Natives Theatre Company is 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 for the reading.
— 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.  


Production Manager: Sophia Grasso
Executive Producer: Nelson Ornelas
Producer: Jillian Geurts

*appearing courtesy of Actors Equity

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