by Sam Sejavka

direction Christian Leavesley / music Nadav Rayman & Boyd Korab/ design Phil Rolfe / performers: Anthony Johnson, Ben Grant, Carmen Mascia and Jessamy Dyer.

A drizzle of moondust steadily chokes a nameless city where the rules are changed but strange logic persists. An irresistible fungus and little bags of sugar lie at the centre of this peculiar economy.

This is the setting for Sam Sejavka's new absurdist drama The Lord of Misrule, which explores the culture of drug addiction with a surrealistic bent. Directed by Christian Leavesley and presented by La Mama, this provocative new work will play the Carlton Courthouse 28 May - 15 June.

Often the issue of addiction is super-saturated with prejudice, cliche, disinformation and transferred morals and it is difficult to trust one's perspective. The Lord of Misrule attempts to shear away all of this. By distancing the audience from familiar associations, it attempts to create an objective overview in which the nature of addiction, how it operates within a person and between people, may be clearly and thoughtfully reviewed.

The Lord of Misrule is a very different return to the drugs issue for acclaimed playwright Sam Sejavka. A previous work In Angel Gear dealt with the same theme, but with hard realism. Well known in Melbourne, Sejavka has been the recipient of the Wal Cherry Play of the Year (for Mysterium) and the PremierÝs Literary Award (for The Hive).

This is the second collaboration between Sejavka and Christian Leavesley, who previously directed Eaters of Filth at La Mama. Leavesley's recent directorial credits include Minutia (541 Studio), Hospitality Legends (MICF 2002), Miami Melton (La Mama 2000). Leavesley trained at the Victorian College of the Arts and the University of Missouri (USA), and is the Artistic Director of DDT Studio. The Lord of Misrule is topical, engaging and thought-provoking theatre ˝ created, designed, directed and performed by some of Melbourne's most exciting artists. Accessible for all ages, don't miss this intriguing trip into the future where desires and dreams intertwine.

La Mama presents THE LORD OF MISRULE by Sam Sejavka directed by Christian Leavesley

28 May - 16 June

The Carlton Courthouse, 349 Drummond St, Carlton

wed-sat 8.30 / sun & opening nite 6.30

Booking number: 9347 6142

Media: For more information and to arrange interviews please contact:

Kerry Noonan on 041 604 276 or