Red Stitch Actors Theatre Artistic Director, David Whiteley has announced the company’s first season for 2012.

“Our commitment to the very best new writing and the very highest standards in production, performance and design remain our greatest strength. Red Stitch has truly arrived on the Melbourne scene, with a new season of plays that offers our loyal and ever growing audience yet another compelling reason to come back to the theatre,” said David Whiteley.

After an accomplished 10th anniversary season in 2011, Red Stitch are continuing their success offering an exciting and diverse lineup of Australian and Victorian premieres, including the recent Broadway hits Good People and The Motherf**ker with the Hat. Season One, 2012, also includes another play by award-winning Tasmanian playwright, Tom Holloway’s Beyond the Neck, one of ten plays chosen for the Royal Court Theatre's International Young Playwright’s Festival in London 2007.

Opening of the season in February is the Australian premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire’s (Rabbit Hole) Good People. Directed by Kaarin Fairfax, this brand new play provides a compelling examination of class distinction and the impact of those little decisions that can affect the rest of our lives.

In March, the company and director Suzanne Chaundy will bring award winning Australian playwright, Tom Holloway’s (Red Sky Morning) outstanding Beyond the Neck to Victorian audiences at last; an intriguing meditation on the recovery of a community struggling with the aftermath of the Port Arthur Massacre.

In another Victorian premiere, Red Stitch welcomes the acclaimed and extraordinary talents of theatre maker Tanya Gerstle (Yes, Five Kinds of Silence) to direct Bryony Lavery’s thriller Stockholm, a taut and exhilarating portrait of a destructive relationship told through a poetic and highly physicalized stage language.

Also in May, The Arts Centre will present a return season of Red Stitch’s 2011 sell-out production of The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, at the Fairfax Theatre.

To conclude the season, the company will showcase Stephen Adly Guirgis’ audacious hit comedy The Motherf**ker with the Hat, exploring the relativity of principles, directed by David Bell (Creditors, The Little Dog Laughed).