Last Act Theatre Company, which produces pathos-driven works promoting local and independent artists and embracing unconventional venues, will be holding auditions for 2 shows at once: Lisa Soland's The Sniper's Nest and Mocha by Eleanor Burgess. Both productions will be in FronteraFest 2014’s The Long Fringe.
Auditions will take place on Friday, Nov. 1 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (or later, if need be) at Manos de Cristo (4911 Harmon Ave.) and Saturday, Nov. 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Dougherty Arts Center (1110 Barton Springs Road). Callbacks are scheduled for Monday, Nov. 4 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Dougherty Arts Center.
Both shows will be directed by Elizabeth V. Newman (Yale, BA - Theatre; Boston University, MFA - Film), who recently assistant-directed Thom Pain (Based on Nothing) at Hyde Park Theatre. Mocha will be co-produced with Elizabeth’s company, EVN Productions (evnproductions.com).
Rehearsals for The Sniper's Nest and Mocha will go from mid-November to mid-December, with some additional rehearsal dates in early January. Locations to be announced. Performances of both shows will run for 4 days between Jan. 20 and Feb. 2, 2014. Exact rehearsal and performance dates and times to be announced.
The Sniper's Nest will be a B.Y.O.V. (Bring Your Own Venue) FronteraFest show. The venue name will be announced at a later date. Mocha will be performed at Salvage Vanguard Theater (2803 Manor Road).
THE SNIPER'S NEST is a tension-filled drama telling the story of the 1963 love affair between Lee Harvey Oswald and cancer researcher Judyth Vary Baker.
It is a two-character play, based on Baker's autobiography Me & Lee: How I Came to Know, Love and Lose Lee Harvey Oswald. Their relationship would end up having world-changing historical significance, and this play looks at the infamous Oswald in an unexpected light. (Click 'Read more' for character descriptions.)
MOCHA When film star Eliot Henessey arrives in Indonesia to adopt a baby, she attracts the interest of a journalist who questions her motivations, a bureaucrat who hopes to use her to publicize the islands and a foster father who believes that Eliot’s fame and personal life leave her little room for a child. Meanwhile, Ted and Carol, an infertile couple in the American suburbs, initiate a more conventional adoption process, but find that the expense, uncertainty and invasive examinations reveal rifts in their desires to have a family. (Click 'Read more' for character descriptions.)
Actors are encouraged to look into the original source material for "The Sniper's Nest." Audition sides for both shows will be emailed ahead of time to those confirmed to audition.
For more information or to schedule an audition, contact us at
. We look forward to seeing your best!
Video by Erik Bosse for the
staged reading at 513 S. Presa, San Antonio, October 4 at 8 p.m. -- click for map
(suggested donation $10.00) of
by Rebecca Kirschbaum
in which a preacher's son decides to have a sex change operation
Video posted by Texas Performing Arts for the
Our Country's Good
by Timberlake Wertenbaker
directed by James Daniels
Oct. 18, 19, 23-27 at 8 p.m. and Sundays Oct. 20, 27 at 2 p.m.
Oscar G. Brockett Theatre , University of Texas
Tickets $15.00 - $25.00
“…a backstage play with a social conscience, demonstrating the redemptive power of theater and of education.” – The New York Times
Miles from their homeland, a boat full of Royal Marine officers and convicts arrives on the Australian shore in 1789, forced to create a community in a fledgling penal colony.
Amid the brutal conditions of the settlement, a determined lieutenant volunteers to direct the convicts – a collection of murderers and thieves – in a comedic stage play. With no support from his fellow Marines and the leading lady’s imminent execution, it’s questionable if the show will go on.
Tony-winning playwright takes up residence at Texas State
by Robert Faires, October 3, 2013
[. . .] Adrift in Macao, a 2007 musical for which the playwright penned the book and lyrics, is being mounted by the Texas State University Department of Theatre and Dance, and the author will be in San Marcos to see it. Indeed, he and his partner of 26 years, John Augustine – a widely produced and very funny dramatist in his own right – will be on hand as playwrights-in-residence, thanks to the efforts of Kaitlin Hopkins, head of the musical theatre program at Texas State and an old friend of Durang's, with support from the Bowman Guest Artist Series.
The residency is obviously for the benefit of the department's students, and they'll have the chance to take a master class on the audition process with both authors, but Texas State is creating ample opportunities for the larger community to take advantage of it. After the evening performances of Adrift in Macao Friday and Saturday, Durang will join the cast for a talk-back moderated by Hopkins, who directed the production. And Saturday afternoon, a pair of programs involving the two writers will be open to the public – one focusing on Durang and his career, the other a roundtable discussion about collaboration featuring Durang and Augustine [. . . .]
Saturday, Oct. 12
"A Conversation With Christopher Durang" – 1-2 p.m.
Durang will field questions from head of playwriting Jim Price and the audience, and will also read from his own work.
"Collaboration: The Process" – 2:30-4pm
Durang and John Augustine will join students in Texas State's playwriting and directing programs for a roundtable discussion about the collaborative process between writer and director, and how it differs when the play is in development and when it's being fully produced. MFA directing associate professor Deb Alley will moderate.
Click to read full article at the Austin Chronicle
Adrift in Macao runs Oct. 8-13, Tuesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m;. Sunday, 2 & 7:30 p.m., at University Mainstage Theatre, 430 Moon, Texas State campus in San Marcos. For more information, call 512/245-2204 or visit www.txstatepresents.com.
by Catherine Dribb
While the impossible dream of Austin Playhouse moving into Mueller Development may still be just that, they’ve finally released Man of La Mancha into the Austin art world. For two years it’s been slated as the opening production in their newly built theatre, but with no ground breaking yet, it seems Don Quixote will have to settle for Highland Mall instead.
Which seems appropriate really. For the man who battles windmills and sees the potential of the world instead of its hardships, would have walked into that all but abandoned mall, and raised his arms in agony. “To be or not to be?”
To be! Don Quixote would have undoubtedly decided. And with the final weekend approaching, the Playhouse has announced that this has been their highest earning musical in all their eleven years of existence.
And as the prisoners of the Inquisition turn their jail cell into an inn and then into a castle, so has Austin Playhouse turned an old Footlocker into an intimate live theatre space and that small stage into a daring dungeon housing victims of religious and political zealotry.
Man of La Mancha enters its final weekend tomorrow with Rick Roemer still giving a beautiful rendition of its protagonist, Miguel de Cervantes/Don Quixote. Roemer’s voice has never sounded so strong, and his Impossible Dream will bring you not to your feet, but to your knees with its tenderness.
Despite some pitch issues in the cast, notable performances include that of chorus member Lara Wright, who doesn’t play the usual quirky, gregarious sidekick you’ve undoubtedly seen do at Zach Theatre and the Playhouse, but rather the roles of an understated kitchen wench and a seductive Gypsy dancer. In addition, Leslie R. Hethcox is delightful (as usual - did you see him in Little Shop this summer?!) with his barber cameo. And both sets of galloping horse legs (Hethcox and Stephen Mercantel) were indeed impressive.
The set is well crafted with a trap lowering dramatically into the dungeon, interrupting Miguel de Cervantes’ story and jarring the audience back to “reality” as well. We wonder, what world do we live in, and how do we choose to proceed? Is our story retold with hope and imagination as its greatest honors?
Only you can decide! So choose to indulge this weekend in Man of La Mancha at Austin Playhouse. It’s guaranteed to stir your soul and help you dream some of your own impossible dreams.
Tickets are available online at the AustinPlayhouse.com website or by calling the boxoffice at (512) 476-0084.
Under the direction of Adam Roberts, the theater program at the Dell Jewish Community Center expands this year, offering more family-friendly shows, as well as more productions and workshops with adult performers and participants. In addition, several shows will move from the traditional performance space inside the J to unique spaces on the Dell Jewish Community Campus, and even to Downtown Austin for special community collaborations. With new programming and locations, Theater at the J evolves to become the Austin Jewish Repertory Theater.
ALT note: The August production of the musical Fiddler on the Roof is scheduled as a collaboration with the Trinity Street Players to be presented in the black box theatre on the 4th floor of the First Baptist Church at 901 Trinity Street.
Click to view or download the eight-page 2014 Spotlight brochure describing arts and cultural activities
Auditions for THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE in TEXAS
Jonathan Pennington Studios -- SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6 from 7:00pm - 9:30pm (ONE DAY ONLY OR BY SPECIAL APPOINTMENT)
Production Dates: Performances will begin on November 9, 2013 and run through December 8, 2013.
JP Studios will hold open auditions for performances of Larry L. King and Peter Masterson's The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6 from 7:00pm - 9:30pm at the Cameo Theatre, 1123 E. Commerce St., San Antonio, Texas, 78205 (click for map)
Music and Lyrics are by Carol Hall. Director will be Jonathan Pennington.
No appointment necessary, but email is encouraged. Put 'Best Little Whorehouse' in subject line if you email and send to JP Studios Productions at
. Late arrivals will be seen at the discretion of the director.
Prepare 16 -24 bars of an upbeat pop song or country ballad of your choice. it is okay to perform a song from the show; bring a track on media device or CD. Wear comfortable clothing for a movement portion of the audition and readings from the script will occur. For further information, contact JP Studios Productions at
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is based on a story by King that was inspired by the real-life Chicken Ranch in La Grange, Texas. In this telling, it is the late 1970s, and the infamous brothel has been operating outside of fictional Gilbert, Texas for more than a century. It is under the proprietorship of Miss Mona Stangley, having been left to her by the original owner. While taking care of her girls, she is also on good terms with the local sheriff, Ed Earl Dodd. When crusading television reporter, Melvin P. Thorpe (based on real-life Houston news personality Marvin Zindler), decides to make the illegal activity a political and moral issue, loosened morals, belts and politicians abound.
Songs include: 20 Fans, Lil Ole Bitty Pissant Country Place, 24 Hours of Lovin', The Aggie Song, The Sidestep and Hard Candy Christmas. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas opened on Broadway at the 46th Street Theatre on June 19, 1978 and ran for 1,584 performances. The production was directed by Peter Masterson and Tommy Tune and choreographed by Tune and Thommie Walsh. The opening cast included Carlin Glynn, Henderson Forsythe, Jay Garner, Joan Ellis, Delores Hall and Pamela Blair. Glynn and Forsythe won Tonys for their performances. A touring revival starred Ann-Margret and the film adaptation starred Dolly Parton, Burt Reynolds and Jim Nabors.
AUDITIONS for Austin premier of Matthew Lopez's award-winning drama THE WHIPPING MAN
October 19 and 22 at The City Theatre. 3823 Airport Blvd. Suite D. Austin, TX 78722 (click for map)
Casting two African-American actors and one white male actor. Bring headshot, resume and a one minute prepared dramatic monologue. Scenes will also be performed. Call 512-524-2870 or
to set up an appt.
Ten-minute slots by appointment. Times: Saturday, October 19 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 22, 6 – 10 p.m. If you are not able to make this audition time, please let us know.
Show dates: February 7 – March 6 with rehearsals beginning in November.
The Civil War is over and throughout the south, slaves are being freed and soldiers are returning home. Into the chaos of war-torn Richmond comes Caleb DeLeon, a wounded Jewish Confederate officer who find family's home in ruins and abandoned, save for two former slaves, Simon and John, who wait for the family's return. As the three men wait for signs of life to return to the city, they wrestle with their shared past, the bitter irony of Jewish slave-owning and the reality of the new world in which they find themselves. The pain that each man endures is not soothed and deep-buried secrets from the past refuse to be hidden forever as the play comes to its shocking climax.
The Exchange Artists Call for Script Submissions for Circle the Wagons
Requirements: 5 minutes long, set inside of an automobile, 1 to 3 characters
Deadline: Friday, November 15th 2013
The Exchange Artists seek five-minute scripts set inside of automobiles for our upcoming production of Circle the Wagons. We welcome scripts from high school students and adults of all ages that capture car-culture (broadly defined) – from the anticipation of a first license, to road trips, confessionals, private escapes, DUIs, love nests, accidents, and finally the day a license is given up or lost to old age. Exactly what “car culture” means – isolation or independence, dream or delusion, etc. – will be entirely up to each writer to determine.
The half a dozen or so short plays will be presented simultaneously in a parking lot in actual cars parked in an inward facing circle around a pep band. The five-minute long plays should feature 1 to 3 actors performing for 1 to 3 audience members, and should be written for and inspired by the automobiles in which they take place. Audience members will experience the plays in random order, switching cars between performances in a sort of mad-dash ‘musical chairs’ game accompanied by the tunes of the centrally located pep band.
Interconnected stories, in which characters cross over from one short play to another, will be considered if writers choose to collaborate or submit multiple scripts. Radio plays or multimedia scripts that are played over the car’s speakers will also be considered.
Submissions are due by 5pm on Friday, November 15th, 2013 to Rachel Wiese at
. Please send as a Google doc or word doc with the pages numbered. Include the title of the play, playwright’s name, and a character list with descriptions. Selected scripts will be produced in the spring of 2014. Writers will receive credit and tickets to the production.
As Exchange Artists we create theatre inspired by cultural exchange at home in Austin, TX and abroad. Through international collaboration and community engagement we empower our artists and audiences with fresh perspectives, new experiences and a strengthened sense of connection. To learn about our past productions, visit www.exchangeartists.org
Southwest Theatre Productions is holding auditions from 2-5 pm on October 12th for Dear Penelope, a new original comedy in sitcom format. Four women fall from grace at a mega-media news corporation and are banished to the company basement to write an advice column. They have one chance to get their old jobs back and all they have to do is hijack the most spectacular story of the year.
Casting will be held at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 4301 I-35, on the eastern side of the highway, south of Airport Rd. - click for map. Audition packet with sides, storyline, and character descriptions will be emailed to you in advance. You may also perform a short monologue that shows your comedic timing.
Performance dates are March 15-16, 2014 at the Dougherty Arts Center in Austin, Texas.This show does not conflict with FronteraFest rehearsals or performance dates. There will be additional performances in 2014, dates TBD, which may be recast. Rehearsals to begin late January 2014, with two read-through and blocking rehearsals in November.
Please email your headshot and resume along with the desired role and preferred appointment time to
Darby Stills - Adult male, 45 years of age or older. Sophisticated corporate officer. Refined, not cold.
Wendell Fisser - Adult male, any age. Mailroom clerk. Macabre, understated humor.
Jolly Kincaid - Adult female, any age. Sweet, bubbly, deep-hearted advice columnist. Not ditzy, but definitely not an intellect.
Want to be part of a creative team? Punchkin Repertory Theatre needs to fill a Director position and a Stage Manager position immediately for our upcoming run of The Relentless Pursuit of Ice by Max Langert to be performed at the FronteraFest 2014.
Director duties include:
- adapting a script and collaborating with the team
- breaking down a script, analyzing and exploring the content and conducting relevant research;
- managing time and organizing people and space;
- communicating with all parties involved, including actors, the creative team, the production team
- preparing detailed notes for the cast and creative and production teams;
- helping to publicize the production
Stage manager duties include:
-Coordinating the scheduling of rehearsals, paper tech, tech, and run
-Acting as liaison between actors, director, and other company members (e.g. - rehearsal reminders, issues)
-Noting blocking, props, lighting/sound cues
-Must be able to attend all rehearsals and performances
-Must be patient and flexible in thinking
-Must be highly organized
-Must have reliable transportation
-And above all, must LOVE theatre!
(*) Roar! Festival of Staged Plays, Atta Girl Productions at Gemini Ink, San Antonio, October 4 - 13, 2013
Video: Wimberley Players Reflect on 'Stay' by Sheila Cowley, September 13 - October 6, 2013 :
ROSA DE DOS AROMAS by Emilio Carballido, Austin Latino Theatre Alliance at Mexican-American Cultural Center, October 11 - 27, 2013
San Antonio: Northside Performing Arts Needs Teen for Commedia dall'Arte
Auditions in San Antonio for Company by Steven Sondheim, The Playhouse, October 19, 2013
City of Austin Releases List of 2014 Cultural Funding Allocations Totaling More Than $7 Million
Austin HS Theatre Teacher Billy Dragoo Honored by Texas Educational Theatre Association
Auditions for Two New Plays, Poison Apple Initiative, October 14 - 16, 2013
KidsActing auditions for Guys and Dolls, November 3, 2013
Auditions in Lockhart for 'A Christmas Foundling,' October 2 and 6, 2013
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