For the record: the Austin Statesman publishes a feature on the Rude Mech's Fixing King John by Kirk Lynn (November 7 - 24 at the Off Center, 2211-A Hidalgo Street), available only behind its subscriber pay wall. One-day on-line access is 99 cents.
Van Ryzin: Fix Shakespeare? Kirk Lynn and the Rude Mechanicals give it a try
By Jeanne Claire van Ryzin American-Statesman Staff November 2, 2013
William Shakespeare wrote 37 plays.
Or 39 if you’re the Folger Shakespeare Library, which includes one play that scholars maintain was lost to history. Then again, some scholars claim there are two lost Shakespeare plays. (Counting Shakespeare’s plays is a veritable academic cottage industry and the source of much intellectual tussle.)
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November 8–23, 2013
Thursdays through Saturdays, 8 p.m.
$15 General Admission, $8 Students and Seniors; Thursdays Pay-What-You-Wish
tickets available via Eventbrite
Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Road, Austin, TX 78722 (click for map)
A commedia-inspired adaptation of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard by Ben Schave, one of Austin’s preeminent physical comedians. Chekhov’s masterpiece, boiled down to a whole mess of clowning fun.
No dialogue; 100% Chekhov; A good time for all ages
Featuring Adrianne Shown, Meghan Morongova, Kerri Lendo, Jessica Arjet, Kelly Hasandras, Zac Carr, Austin Alexander, Nate Dunaway, John Cook, Michael Jastroch, Joey Hood, Dave Alley
Stage Manager: Keith Sechrest; Set: Leslie Turner; Sound: Michael Joplin; Costumes: Courtney Hopkin; Lights: Zac Crofford'; Technical direction: Clifton Highfield; Assistant TD: Ash Nunley
Casting and Crew Call for Austin, Texas HD Student Short Film “When I’m Old”
Auditions November 07, 2013 at University of Texas, CMB building, 4th floor, studio 4B
Two-day shooting schedule starting November 16, 2013
Producer: Achilles Moralis Writer and Director: Rachel Gutknecht
Additional Attached Cast/Crew: Ivy Chui, Wendy Womack, Dane Hurt, Marshal Coupus
They say the best conversations take place in a car. Is it the thrill of the road? Or the idea of being ‘locked in’ a convo? Many beautiful life and character defining moments are set in a car– but some not so beautiful. Here I track the growth over the years of a small family in a car. We are all stuck on this road called life, but some people get out sooner than others.
Mom Age: 30-35 (acceptions can be made) Witty, selfless, and doesn’t take life too seriously until Caleb gets sick. She is a friend of her children, but she can always make shift to an authority figure in times of need. She has had life experience although she is younger than most moms. She has no husband, for he left her right after she got pregnant with Caleb. She couldn’t be happier for her kids are all she needs.
Rylee 2-4 Rylee 11-13 Rylee 16 Rylee has mostly a teenage mindset but absolutely loves her family no matter what. I want to see what the actresses have in mind for her personality it will determine the part.
Caleb age: 2-4 Caleb 6-9 Caleb 13-15 Caleb loves his family and really looks up to his sister. Always positive. He gets sick and dies towards the end of the film.
Crew Needed (non-paid): Sound Recorder ( o pay but I will provide equipment and it will be a blast)
Compensation: DVD Copy Meals/Lodging/Transportation/Snacks and Beverages
*Email Your Casting Submissions To
Please provide a headshot and why you are interested as well as any questions. I will send you the script as soon as I can. I am really excited for this, this is the most friendly crew I have put together so everyone is in great hands. The family of three– 1 mom, 1 daughter (oldest), and 1 son- all very witty and sarcastic, but their love is so strong. If you have seen Gilmore Girls… think of that humor. More info at shortfilmtexas.com
James Clark's 30-second video promo for the
The Taming of the Shrew
by William Shakespeare
November 8 - 24, 2013
Jump-Start Theatre, Blue Star Arts Complex, 1400 San Antonio St (click for map)
Tickets $10 - $25 available on-line through
2014 Theatre Season
By Johnna Adams
Directed by Lily Wolff
January 20-February 8, 2014 at the Salvage Vanguard Theatre
Over the course of a 90-minute parent/teacher conference, a grieving mother and an emotionally overwhelmed primary school teacher have a fraught conversation about the tragic suicide of the mother’s son, the teacher’s student, Gidion. Gidion may have been bullied severely — or he may have been an abuser. As his story is slowly uncovered, the women try to reconstruct a satisfying explanation for Gidion’s act and come to terms with excruciating feelings of culpability.
“heart-stopping…the show has pathos and suspense in bucketloads…Within a lean 80 minutes, the show raises profound questions about parenting and education and documents the gut-wrenching force of maternal loyalty.” —Washingtonian
Gregory Moss’ fast paced & hilarious history of 80′s punk rock and coming of age
Directed by Mark Pickell
May 29-June 21 at the Hyde Park Theatre
A history of America in the 1980s, an idiosyncratic genealogy of punk rock music, and a personal narrative of growing up as an outsider, punkplay is a mix tape tribute to the excesses and energy of adolescence. Mickey, a thirteen-year-old suburban misfit, is befriended by an angry runaway named Duck. Together, the boys attempt to reinvent themselves using punk rock, but as reality threatens to crash in on them, their fabricated world of amped-up music and shocking band names becomes just as oppressive as the society they’re desperate to reject.
“[A] brilliantly funny dissection of adolescent grasping for identity … In scenes as rat-a-tat as a Ramones track, the two battle over band names, experience their first porn and hero-worship their local idol… Did we mention this all takes place on roller skates?” - Time Out Chicago
In staccato scenes inspired by punk anthems, Moss captures the clammy intensity of adolescent bonding: arousal by contraband porn; battles over band names; preening in search of authenticity… [It's] political satire meets Pee-wee’s Playhouse.” -The Village Voice
Austin premiere of the Pulitzer Prize nominated play from UT graduate Lisa D’Amour
by Lisa D’Amour
Directed by Mark Pickell
August 21-September 13 at the Hyde Park Theatre
In a first-ring suburb just outside a city that might be Detroit, Ben and Mary see sudden signs of life at the deserted house next door and invite their new neighbors Sharon and Kenny over for a barbecue. As the action unfolds we learn that Sharon and Kenny met at rehab, neither is employed, and they don’t own a stick of furniture. The quintessential American back-yard party turns quickly turns into something more dangerous—and filled with potential.
“…totally nails the great, deep malaise of middle-class suburbia, with a sustained energy and a wicked eye for telling details…funny as hell.” —NY Post
“…sly, timely and neatly surprising…very much an of-the-moment American play” —Time Out NY
by Dr. David Glen Robinson
For this Halloween edition of The Exchange Artists’ Hot Nights series, they changed the name to Hot Bloody Nights. Other key elements remained the same, including the typically high performing skills exhibited on-stage, teaming up with a musical group, location in an upscale watering hole, a one-night-only run, and creativity unbounded. The Exchange Artists haven’t missed a beat with this series since they started it more than a year ago.
The show was based loosely, repeat loosely, on A Streetcar Named Desire. The opening scenes introduced characters familiar to some, and this is where the good acting and clever stage-play were found. But this was all set up and prologue to the finale of charnel horror worthy of the best horror movies of the 40s and 50s--and of a good Austin Halloween night downtown.
Aaron Alexander choreographed the fight scenes and enacted most of them with athletic skill and superb timing. Rachel Wiese played the disturbed visiting relative who lit the fuse to the conflagration. All the actors showed great skill in operating the set, the props, their costumes, and themselves. When actors make the difficult look easy, then the outcomes of their actions are surprising rather than predictable.
Some of the credit for this particular success goes to the directors Lindsey Sikes and Rachel Wiese. The producers, who put it all in motion, were Bridget Farr and Rachel Wiese, who each add another winning feather to a producer cap.
Even reviewers acknowledge the essential uselessness of reviews written after a performance run has finished, but in the case of Exchange Artists’ Hot Nights series, a posted review serves as a memory marker in time and space. The marker says that we found them; they were here in such-and-such a place, and they made the core transaction of theatre art with an audience.
This is the deep artistic satisfaction a theatre enthusiast seeks and deserves. The audience at the Exchange Artists’ Halloween show did their work in finding this brief, satisfying show. The call now is for the like-minded community to remain alert for the next Hot Nights show. And then please seek it out, wherever it may play (Hint: the Blackheart Bar is a favored venue). The rewards are great.
Creative Action supplies a link to the Trophyology website of its founder, architect Eva Schone:
Besides designing TROPHYOLOGY’s awards and recognition gifts, founder and creative director Eva Schone enjoyed her work as a project architect with Tom Hurt Architecture in Austin, Texas.
These two parts of Eva’s creative work come together in a project that is very special to her and that embodies many of the values that we hold dear at TROPHYOLOGY.
Earlier this month, ground was broken in East Austin for the new headquarters building for Creative Action. This nonprofit group, headed by executive director Karen LaShelle, inspires youths to learn academically, socially and emotionally through arts activities. Creative Action serves more than 18,000 children a year in our community.
Tom Hurt Architecture was selected to be the architecture firm for the new building in 2009, and it was Eva’s distinct pleasure to be the project architect for this project. Working closely with Tom Hurt, she designed the building and managed the design process. “We’ve been working on this project for the past 3 ½ years,” Eva says. “This has been a dream project for me. It is has every aspect that I am looking for as an architect.“ Slated to open in September 2014, the building, situated on a triangular lot that challenged the architects, will have 7,500 square feet over two stories. The ground floor will welcome program participants in classroom spaces, and the upper floor will house Creative Action’s administrative offices.
The story of the project begins several years ago, when the Meredith family, which is well known for their significant philanthropic contributions in Austin, had a vision to create a community hub in East Austin, adjacent to the MLK light rail stop. The Sustainable Food Center and PeopleFund are the other two organizations that form the trifecta of the new “Chestnut Social Profit Village.” In addition, the development will include an amphitheater, trails, a skate park and community gardens.
The new Center for Creative Action was designed to have generous views of the community gardens and rooms filled with daylight, which was important to Eva. “Natural light has such positive effects on children and learning.” Eva notes. In addition, ”operable windows will allow the building users to “live with the seasons,” she says. Reclaimed brick will bring a quality material to the building. Eva is proud that the project team was able to secure the reclaimed brick at a reduced price, assisting the sustainability of the building in more than one way. A prominent brick exterior wall will continue throughout the building like a spine, Eva says, so that the beautiful, history-rich brick can be appreciated both on the outside and on the inside.
Read more and view architectural sketches at www.trophyology.com
A fond parody of 'Beth' by Kiss, using photos by Aleks Ortynsky, posted by rarestbean on YouTube,
by William Shakespeare
directed by Kevin Gates
featuring Brian Villalobos as Macbeth
and Heath Allyn as Banquo
October 10 - November 3, 2013
3823 Airport Rd., Austin - click for map
Austin gay playwright Allan Baker's ten minute play, ...last and always, will soon be performed in Guam and in Santa Cruz, CA.
The University of Guam will produce the play from Nov. 14th to 23rd at the Fine Arts Theater as part of their One Act Festival of student-directed short plays.
Throughout the month of January, 2014, the Actor's Theatre of Santa Cruz, CA will produce ...last and always as part of their 19th annual "8 Tens @ 8" ten minute play festival. Based on the last scene of Allan's powerful one act 9/11 play, Five Minutes, this play tells the story of a gay couple...one in the World Trade Center and one at their home in the city...as they say goodbye.
These will be the fifth and sixth productions of this play. In June, 2009 it was produced by NativeAliens Theatre Collective as part of New York City's Pride Festival. In February, 2011 it was produced by Turtle Shell Productions in New York City as part of their "Eight Minute Madness Playwright's Festival". In May, 2012 it was produced by Blue Slipper Theatre of Livingston, Montana as part of their first ten minute play festival. And, in June, 2012 ...last and always was produced by Buffalo United Artists Theatre of Buffalo, NY as part of their "Takes Ten: GLBT Short Play Festival".
Click to go to Baker's website Abby Productions for the texts of both plays
Texas State Opera Theatre announces a joint endeavor with the McCallum Fine Arts Academy in Austin
for the World Premiere of Henry Mollicone’s Children of the Sun, an opera about the story of the Virgin of Guadalupe.
Performances will take place on Friday and Saturday, November 15th and 16th at 7 p.m.,
and again on Sunday November 17th at 2 p.m. at the McCallum Arts Center Theatre
on the McCallum High School campus at 5600 Sunshine Dr, Austin, TX (click for map )
FREE ADMISSION, SO RESERVE YOUR TICKETS TODAY!
TO RESERVE TICKETS, PLEASE CALL MCCALLUM ACADEMY AT 512-414-2519.
LIMIT 6 tickets per caller.
Henry Mollicone, Composer
William Luce, Lyricist
Dr. Samuel Mungo, Director - Texas State Opera
Kristin Roach, Conductor - Texas State Opera
Helen Miers, Director of Choirs - McCallum Fine Arts Academy
Ricky Pringle, Director of Orchestras - McCallum Fine Arts Academy
CAST (in order of appearance):
Jordan Van de Vere - Captain De Vaca/Uncle
Jessica Blau - Mother Superior
Albert Garcia - Lord Bishop Zumaraga
Spencer Reichman - Juan Diego
Jennifer Garza - Our Lady of Guadalupe
Excerpt from Robert Faires' feature:
He Happy Is
For Mark Pickell, Capital T Theatre is a source of joy
By Robert Faires, October 31, 2013
[ . . . . ] "This is going to sound weird," offers [Katherine] Catmull, [lead in Capital T Theatre's current production There Is A Happiness That Morning Is by Mickle Maher,] "but I think what characterizes Cap T shows is an odd but sort of luscious combination of 1) humor, often quite black humor; 2) sex!; and 3) a real interest in and thoughtfulness about big ideas – ideas about life, death, love, families, society, etc."
Pickell himself breaks it down even more simply: "One constant throughout all the plays that I produce is that they're smart, that they challenge the audience to use their brains a little bit. And they're entertaining. If you had to nail me down for the two things that I really enjoy, it's being smart and entertaining at the same time." That's led him most often to works that can't be labeled with either a frowning or a smiling mask, "plays that don't say, 'I'm just a comedy,' or 'I'm just a drama.' That in-between ground of dark comedies is one I really appreciate. And so far, I think our audiences have appreciated that mix."
Webster, who's helped Pickell's company create its artistic home at Hyde Park Theatre, will testify to that, as he's had to squeeze more and more patrons – including many of his regulars – into Cap T's shows. "Capital T has been a good fit at HPT for several reasons," he writes. "Number one is probably that Mark's taste in plays and my taste in plays are very similar. Similar but not identical. The shows he produces appeal to HPT audiences, and the number of our regular audience members who have become Capital T regulars has grown steadily over the past six years. Capital T and Mark have also been great for HPT. HPT audiences have come to expect smart scripts, excellent direction, and strong performances from Mark and Capital T. And HPT productions have gotten new audience members from Mark's regular patrons."
Pickell recognizes that his company's success likely wouldn't have come as quickly or steadily as it did without Webster's support and the symbiosis between Cap T and HPT. "I owe tons of gratitude and mentorship to Ken," he says. "Hyde Park, which is, in all actuality, this terrible little space, is amazing and great, and people love to see theatre there. They associate it with quality work and newer plays, newer playwrights, newer thoughts and ideas. Ken comes across as this gruff guy, but he's been a very loving mentor to my company and me."
Read full feature at the Austin Chronicle on-line
Interview with Matthew Byron Cassi, Director of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at the Woodlawn Theatre, San Antonio, Playing November 8 - Dember 1, 2013
SA Current Feature: David Davalos Sends 'Hamlet' Back to School, October 30, 2013
KAHLO - VIVA LA VIDA por Humberto Robles, Kahly Teatro of Matamores at Janitzio Restaurant, Austin, November 9 (and 10?), 2013
Auditions for Much Ado About Nothing, Present Company's Shakespeare at the Market, November 6 and 9, 2013
Video: Funding Appeal for Devised Theatre: Florence by Gale Theatre Company, December 6 - 15, 2013
Changes at the Classic Theatre, San Antonio, from the San Antonio Express-News, October 28, 2013
Video: Director Bill Gundry discusses Wittenberg by David Davalos, Playhouse San Antonio, November 1 - 17, 2013
Join UT Austin for the 33rd Annual Madrigal Dinner, Nov. 21-23, 2013
Second Call for Male Actors for Max Langert's The Relentless Pursuit of Ice, Punchkin Repertory Company, October 30, 2013
2014 Theatre Season - Circle Arts Theatre, New Braunfels
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