Terrence McNally’s Master Class was performed at fortyfivedownstairs in August 2014. For production stills, go to Gallery.
★★★★★ “Master Class will delight opera and theatre lovers alike, and audiences will long cherish the memory of Mercedes’ marvellous performance.” Cameron Woodhead, The Age
“One doesn’t need to be familiar with Callas’ story to enjoy this thrilling and ambitious production.” Sascha Kelly, Limelight
“This play cast a spell… It was a revelation to me to be so close to fellow human beings with access to such rich, stirring vocals.” Lee Bemrose, Australian Stage Online
“Master Class is a minor miracle.” Simon Parris, Man in Chair
“It’s hard to imagine how anyone could leave this masterfully directed play without feeling affected by the soul of this great artist.” Bradley Storer, Theatre Press
“Maria Mercedes is Callas. She is remarkable… Hers is the kind of astonishing performance that leaves the actor and the script invisible, if not forgotten.” Anne-Marie Peard, Aussie Theatre
“A mesmerizing night in the theatre” Graham Ford, Stage Whispers
Winner – 2015 Green Room Award for Female Performer in an Independent Production.
Nominee – 2015 Green Room Award for Best Director of an Independent Production