Legendary performers Julie Nihill and Gold Logie winner John Wood will be reunited when Bakersfield Mistrolls in to the Geelong Performing Arts Centre in August.
This comedic tale of art and authenticity is part of GPAC’s 2017 Deakin University Theatre Season.
Nhill and Wood starred together in the award winning television show Blue Heelers. They were only two actors to remain from the show’s premiere in 1993 to its finale in 2006.
In Bakersfield Mist, Nihill plays Maude, a fifty-something unemployed bartender living in a trailer park. She’s bought a painting for a few bucks from a thrift store and despite almost trashing it, becomes convinced it’s a lost masterpiece by Jackson Pollock worth millions.
But when world-class art expert Lionel Percy (Wood) flies over from New York and arrives at her trailer home in Bakersfield to authenticate the painting, he has no idea what he is about to discover. This thought-provoking new comedy-drama asks vital questions about what makes art and people truly authentic.
Directed by Lucy Freeman, Bakersfield Mist is based on a true story written by Stephen Sachs - an award-winning American playwright and director.
Produced by the Tasmanian Theatre Company and Straightjacket Productions in association with The Karralyka Centre, Bakersfield Mist is visiting Geelong as part of an extensive tour throughout Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania.