TEG Live in association with Tilted Windmills Theatricals, John Arthur Pinckard & David Carpenter are proud to present the Sydney premiere of
PUFFS, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic [and] Magic
Some people are born with the capacity to do great things. Some people change the world. Some people rise from humble beginnings to defeat the forces of darkness in the face of insurmountable odds. PUFFS is the story of the people who sit in class next to those people.
PUFFS, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic [and] Magic is the sell-out sensation that enjoyed a record-breaking three[-]month season in Melbourne during 2018 and has become a cult hit in New York since first opening [on] Off-Broadway in 2015.
PUFFS will have its Sydney premiere at Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park on Thursday 23 May 2019 and will run until Sunday 30 June 2019, with previews commencing Friday 17 May 2019. Tickets go on sale at 10:00 am AEDT, Friday 8 March 2019 through Ticketek.
This hit play has been called “a triumph for the anti-hero!” by the Herald Sun [and] “an absolute hoot of a show” by Broadway World [sic] Australia and Time Out Melbourne gave the show 5 [s]tars, stating ”with megawatt performances as fine as this, Puffs could cast a spell on anyone!”
For seven years a certain boy wizard went to [w]izard [s]chool. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of [t]he Puffs who just happened to be there too. A play for anyone who has NEVER been destined to save the world, PUFFS is an inspired comedy for anyone who has ever felt like a secondary character in someone else’s story.
PUFFS gives you a new look at a familiar adventure from the perspective of three new heroes just trying to make it through magic school. It takes a second look at everyone’s favourite world of wizards through the eyes of [t]he Puffs, a lovable group of magical misfits.
Audiences and critics were overwhelmingly united in their response to PUFFS when the show opened to rave reviews and 5[-s]tar praise from all those who experienced its hilarity in Melbourne. Its record[-]breaking 12-week run saw PUFFS awarded the title of the longest[-]running play in Melbourne for the past 48 years.
When PUFFS debuted in New York in 2015, it was celebrated as “a tremendous comedic feast” by [...] New York Theatre Review. Hypable called it “totally awesome...come prepared to laugh, but also to cry". Nerdist commented that PUFFS “never goes more than a minute without a laugh!”, and the show was praised by [t]he Huffington Post for its “rip-roaring staging, wit and delightful theatrical craft.”
PUFFS is written by Matt Cox and directed by Kristin McCarthy Parker. It features production and costume design by Madeleine Bundy, original lighting design by Herrick Goldman, sound design by Matt Cox and original music by Brian Hoes.
PUFFS matinees are fun for the whole family! On Saturday (2.00pm) and Sunday (1.00pm) afternoons, the show has been lightly transfigured so that wizards aged 8 and above can share in the magic of PUFFS, and parents can relax knowing their kids won't learn any new curses.
PUFFS GENERAL PUBLIC ONSALE
10.00AM AEDT, FRIDAY 8 MARCH 2019
Previews: Friday 17 May–Wednesday 22 May 2019
Opening Night: Thursday 23 May 2019
Season Dates: Thursday 23 May 2019–Sunday 30 June 2019
Performances: Tuesdays–Fridays, 8.00pm
Saturdays 2.00pm* & 8.00pm
Sundays 1.00pm* & 5:30pm
Venue: Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park, Sydney
Ticket bookings: ticketek.com.au
Ticket Prices: All Previews $49.90; General Tickets from $69.90 plus booking fees
*Suitable for those aged 8 and above
CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM
MATT COX (Playwright) is a playwright, actor, and improviser based in New York City. His plays include PUFFS, [o]r: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years [a]t [a] Certain School [o]f Magic [and] Magic, Happy Little Trees: A Bobyssey, Cool Chefs Jr., The Madness of Captain Dread, and the 3-part epic Kapow-i GoGo (along with its spinoffs The Kapow-i GoGo Holiday Special & I Am Mr. Snuggles[).] He authored the radio play El Hombre Bovino for WNYC’s [t]he Greene Space and contributed to [t]he Flea Theater’s The Mysteries. His work has been produced at New World Stages, [t]he Elektra Theater, [t]he People’s Improv Theater, [t]he Tank, and [t]he Flea Theater in New York City, among other places. He is a director for the educational media organization [t]he Story Pirates.
KRISTIN McCARTHY PARKER (Director) is a freelance director in New York City and founding member of Recent Cutbacks. Her work includes Matt Cox’s Puffs (New World Stages) and Kapow-i GoGo, Recent Cutbacks’ KEVIN!!!!!, Hold [o]n [t]o Your Butts, and Fly, You Fools!. She has directed and developed work at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Primary Stages, Ma-Yi, 59E59, Chicago’s [t]he Second City Training Center, [t]he Flea, HERE Arts, Dixon Place, Columbia University, Mason Gross School of the Arts - Rutgers University, Atlantic Acting School, and the University of Florida, among others. Assistantships include Ed Iskandar, Michael Greif, Wendy Goldberg, and Trip Cullman.
TILTED WINDMILLS THEATRICALS (Producer) is a producing partnership between David Carpenter and John Arthur Pinckard. The company’s mission is to be a disruptive, forward-thinking innovator producing fresh, unexpected, and culturally current entertainment at the intersection of the popular and performing arts. They are currently represented in New York by the smash hit Off-Broadway production of Matt Cox’s comedy PUFFS, [o]r: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic. Collectively, the partners have won two Tony Awards (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Clybourne Park) and have been nominated for two others. Past Broadway credits include American Idiot, HAIR, Slava’s Snowshow on Broadway, and Hands on a Hardbody. Off-Broadway and regional credits include Silence! the Musical, 5 Lesbians Eating [a] Quiche, Never Swim Alone, and But I’m [a] Cheerleader.
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