Friday, September 30, 2011

Auditions for A Christmas Cactus, Way Off Broadway Community Players, Leander, October 3

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Way Off Broadway Community PlayersAudition notice for Eliot Byerrum’s A Christmas Cactus

Casting four males and two females, all roles are open. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.

Auditions will be held at the Way Off Broadway Community Players theatre in Leander (Building 4 at 11880 W. FM2243 in Leander, TX, between US 183 and Bagdad Road.), on Monday, October 3, at 7 p.m. (click for map)

Synopsis: Christmas Eve is tough for private investigator Cactus, a white hot redhead with the holiday blues. She is trying to lure her secretary Fred away from his protective mother, dodging the affections of Deputy D.A. Windsor, and considering closing her business. She doesn't need the added aggravation of two fugitives who burst into her office looking for justice and a dead detective named Jake Marley. Cactus also doesn't need Fred's mother, who arrives to take Fred home but decides to stay because she thinks this is the Christmas murder mystery party she has always dreamed of attending.

Show dates: 11/18-12/10 Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and a Sunday matinee on 12/4 at 3 p.m.

Contact: Way Off Broadway Community Players Website:

Auditions for Disney World Characters, October 9

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Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse (C) Walt DisneyDisney Performer Auditions: Austin - October 9, 2011

Disney Parks Talent Casting is seeking male and female performers with engaging for entertainment roles at the Walt Disney World® Resort near Orlando, FL.

Disney Parks Talent Casting is seeking performers for Full Time Character Performer roles for Shows and Parades across the Walt Disney World Resort. Our performers bring to life shows such as Festival of the Lion King, Disney Channel Rocks!, Fantasmic! and many more!

We are also seeking energetic college students interested in the Walt Disney World® College Program. Male and Female performers are needed to bring to life the world famous Disney Characters. Character performers play before thousands of guests each day in "meet and greets", parades and stage shows across the Walt Disney World Resort. Some performers will step out and bring to life our parades and shows as street dancers, stilt walkers, puppeteers and Disney Character Look-alikes.

We are also seeking Disney Princess Look-alikes. Performers develop improvisational skills, poise and grace while working for one for the world's leading entertainment companies.

Please note that all performers, including those in our Shows and Parades, and Disney Character Look-alikes, also perform as fully costumed Disney Characters.
Audition Information:
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Ballet Austin, 501 West 3rd Street,Austin, TX 78701
Sign-in: 12:30PM - 1:00PM; Audition begins at 1:00PM (late applicants will not be accepted).

• Performers must be at least 18 and authorized to work in the United States.
• Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes for the movement routine. No sandals or flip-slops.
• All performers will learn a choreographed movement routine and some will participate in an animation exercise.
• Applicants who have auditioned in the past six months are not eligible to audition.
• Open to the general public. Advanced registration is not required.

Please visit for additional information.
EOE - Drawing Creativity from Diversity - © Disney

Contact: Disney Parks Talent Casting

Video Montage: Hamlet, Austin Shakespeare, September 22 - October 9

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with Helen Merino in the title role

directed by Ann Ciccolella

Rollins Theatre, Long Center, South First at Riverside (click for map)

Sept 22 - Oct 9 (Th - Sat at 7:30pm; Sun at 2pm)

No performance on Thursday, September 29

Light Design by Jason Amato; Set Design by Kevin Beltz; Music by John Van Vander Gheynst

Tickets $19–$33, $15 for students. Tickets available on-line or by tel. 512-474-LONG or at the door.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Upcoming: The Lion in Winter, Austin Playhouse at Mueller Development, November 18 - December 18

Received directly:

Austin Playhouse

presentsThe Lion in Winter Austin Playhouse, TX

The Lion in Winter

by James Goldman

November 18 - December 18
Thursdays - Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 5 p.m.
No performance on November 24th (Thanksgiving)
Tickets: $35 opening night, $26 Thursday and Friday, $28 Saturday and Sunday
All student tickets are half-price. $5 discount for subscriber guests

Temporary Facility Location: 1800 1/2 Simond Avenue, Austin, Texas 78722
The temporary facility will be on the corner of Aldrich Street and Simond Avenue in the Mueller Austin Redevelopment.
Detailed directions are available on our website:

Austin Playhouse box office: (512) 476-0084

E-mail: - Website:


Thomas Jenkins on Tragedy, including Will Eno's Play at Trinity University, September 29 - October 8

Link to the feature in the San Antonio Current, received directly:

The Wicked Stage on Tragedy, A Tragedy

September 28, 2011
By Thomas Jenkins

Tragedy: A Tragedy by Will Eno, Trinity University, San Antonio

I’ve been thinking a lot about tragedy lately; partly, that’s because we—all of us—have just experienced the anniversary of 9/11, and it’s hard to separate that date, and those events, from the notion of tragedy, writ large. Partly, it’s because I’m considering the creation of an entire course on tragedy at Trinity: I already teach a combined Greek and Roman Drama course—in which tragedy naturally looms large—but to go from fart jokes in Aristophanes to infanticide in Seneca has always produced a bit of whiplash. (My students, to their credit, bravely soldier on.)

But, mostly, I’ve been pondering tragedy since I’m indirectly responsible for the show that’s going up at Trinity this weekend: Will Eno’s laconically-entitled Tragedy: A Tragedy. I first read the play a few years ago while burrowing my way through a number of modern tragedies, including Edward Albee’s wickedly subversive The Goat, which the author significantly subtitled “Notes towards a definition of tragedy.” (Trag-odos literally means ‘goat song’ in Greek, in commemoration of a sacrificed kid; and, to be frank, things look very bad for the goat in The Goat.) I didn’t actually see an animal slaughtered on stage (only mimetically, thanks) until Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s wonderful Hunter Gatherers (at the Hyde Park Theater in Austin): when dinner is preceded by the ritual dismemberment of a lamb, more than just comedy is on the table.

But Eno’s Tragedy: A Tragedy is another animal (so to speak) altogether. It’s less an investigation into ancient notions of communal taboo than a meditation on contemporary media: how we live, die, and grieve together as a news cycle.

Read more at the San Antonio Current . . . .

Read ALT's 'Upcoming' page on Will Eno's Tragedy: A Tragedy at Trinity University, San Antonio. . . .

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Upcoming: Little Red Rocking Hood, A Punk Rock Fairy Tale, Violet Crown Community Theatre, October 11- 23

Found and explored on-line:

Violet Crown Children's Theatre

Red Riding Hood, Violet Crown TheatreViolet Crown Community Theatre


Little Red Rocking Hood, a Punk Rock Fairy Tale

directed by Toby Marsh

October 11, 15, 16 and 23

Lace up those size 3 Doc Martens and join the Violet Crown Community Theater for Little Red Rocking Hood, a Punk Rock Fairy Tale. This free, kid-friendly performance follows the adventures of Riot Grrrl Red as she takes on the Big Bad Wolf in a punk rock battle of the bands. Featuring original music and direction by Toby Marsh.

Venues and Times

Tuesday, October 11 @ 6 PM, Nutty Brown Cafe, 12225 Highway 290 W. (12 miles from Austin)(click for map)
Saturday, October 15 @ 10 AM, Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 W. 44th Street, Hyde Park neighborhood (click for map)
Sunday, October 16 @ 10:30 AM, Ruta Maya coffeehouse, 3601 South Congress (click for map)
Sunday, October 23 @ 5 PM, Brentwood Elementary School, 6700 Arroyo Seco, near Koenig and Burnett Rd. (click for map)

Read more and view additional images at . . . .

Upcoming: Outrageous Fortune, a one-man Hamlet by Henry Williamson, Brave New Books, October 6 - 8

Found on-line:

Brave New Books Austin TX

presentsOutrageous Fortune Henry Williamson

Outrageous Fortune

Hamlet as a 90-minute one-man show

by Henry Williamson

Thursday, Oct 6 through Saturday, Oct 8, 7 p.m.
at Brave New Books, 1904 Guadalupe Street, Suite B, downstairs (click for map)
Price: Free (Donations Welcome)

Outrageous Fortune is a one-man show adapted from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, adapted, directed and performed by Henry Williamson. Williamson plays more than a dozen characters in this 90-minute adaptation intended for a modern audience.

Admission is free but reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Reservations can be made by sending an email (include name, number of attendees and the performance date) to

Upcoming: Rock and Roll Is Dead -- Literally, True Hollywood Tales by Glamour Girl Productions at the Blue Theatre, October 31

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True Hollywood Tales, Austin

Weird, True Hollywood Tales!
Directed and Hosted by Lashonda Lester
at the Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd.
October 31, 8pm
General Admission $5.00
Featuring: Katie Pengra, Chad Warren, Andrew Tompkins, Amber Bixby,
Mike Graupmann, Ralph Hardesty, Isaac Harigle and Kat Ramzinski.

Video trailer (35 seconds)

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True Hollywood Tales, Glamour Girl Productions, Austin

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Spring Awakening, Zach Theatre, September 20 - November 13

Spring Awakening (photo: Kirk R. Tuck)

by Hanna Bisewski and Michael Meigs

Spring Awakening won eight of the 2007 Tony awards, including that for best musical, and the powerful production opened by the Zach Theatre last Saturday shows you why. This very contemporary musical adaptation of Franz Wedekind's Spring Awakening has played across Europe, and the U.S. national touring company fielded by Broadway Across America visited Bass Hall for a week in October, 2009. Awakening has now settled in to the Wisenhut Stage until November 13 playing an extended Tuesday to Sunday schedule. Zach management clearly expects this one to resound with the Austin public.

Sara Burke Spring Awakening (image: Kirk R. Tuck)

The time is the late 19th century and the place is a quietly repressed, sinister bourgeois community in rural Germany. The story is one that encompasses child abuse, sexual ignorance, adolescent suicide and a hushed-up death, all orbiting themes of the sexual awakening of children aged around thirteen. The Zach's production, true to the script and the music, takes these matters head-on, each actor approaching his character's criminal sexuality with a child-like shamelessness and a believable innocence.

The show is not for the faint of heart, and certainly not for those offended by stage depictions of sex. Can you laugh at a young man avidly masturbating on the toilet while reading a penny-dreadful novel? What would you think of some adolescent sado-masochism with a switch? An intense, angry song by two girls about fathers who fondle them at bedtime or even do more? The first act ends with the tense, lengthy, very hot and fully suggestive seduction of sweet innocent Wendla by her smart, troubled friend Melchior, staged in profile on a high platform as a grim Lutheran pastor preaches below them to the robed choir.

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Austin's B. Iden Payne Nominations for Stage Performance, 2010 - 2011

Announced last night, September 26:

Nominations to be considered by members of the Austin Creative Alliance:

Click to view full list


Outstanding Production

  • Frankenstein: The Trouble Puppet Show (Trouble Puppet Theater Company)
  • Hedda Gabler (Palindrome Theatre)
  • A Lie of the Mind (Capital T Theatre)
  • Paradise Key (a chick and a dude productions)
  • Topdog/Underdog (City Theatre Company)

Outstanding Direction

  • Connor Hopkins (Frankenstein: The Trouble Puppet Show)
  • Lisa Jordan (Topdog/Underdog)
  • Melissa Livingston (Paradise Key)
  • Christina J. Moore (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?)
  • Don Toner (The Trip to Bountiful)

Outstanding Lead Actor

  • Collin Bjork (Equality 7-2521) Anthem
  • Tom Green (Dr. Halb) Paradise Key
  • Joey Hood (Jerry) The Zoo Story
  • Ev Lunning, Jr. (George) Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Justin Scalise (Hamlet) Hamlet [Scottish Rite Theatre and Black Swan Events]

Outstanding Lead Actress

  • Mary Agen Cox (Carrie Watts) The Trip to Bountiful
  • Dawn Erin (Ann Martin) Defiant
  • Babs George (Martha) Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Meredith McCall (Linda Waterman) Fiction
  • Rebecca Robinson (Hannah Jelkes) The Night of the Iguana

Outstanding Featured Actor

  • Aaron D. Alexander (Papi) Fight
  • Travis Dean (Baylor) A Lie of the Mind
  • Micah Goodding (Aaron McKinney, Stephen Belber) The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later
  • Daniel Sawtelle (Slim) Of Mice and Men
  • Jacob Trussell (DJ Snowstorm) Flying

Outstanding Featured Actress

  • Shannon Grounds (Fool) Lear
  • Sadé Jones (Lady in Green) for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf
  • Julia Lorenz-Olsen (Ophelia) Hamlet [Scottish Rite Theatre and Black Swan Events]
  • Rebecca Robinson (Beth) A Lie of the Mind
  • Gricelda Silva (Bushy Tail) Flying
Click to view full list at

Monday, September 26, 2011

Auditions: Three Child Actors for Teatro Vivo's Christmas Production, October 3 & 4

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Teatro Vivo Austin Texas

Teatro Vivo is holding auditions for roles for 3 child actors for our holiday production Cuento Navideño, Bah Humbug in the Barrio. This is a bilingual holiday comedy for the entire family. The play was written by Rupert Reyes and is inspired by Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Performances for this production will be at the Rollins Theater at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Austin from Dec 8 through the 18th.

Auditions for three child actors. (Adult roles have been cast) Characters ages are 8, 10, and 12. If you are a teenager who can play younger, please audition. Previous performing experience and singing ability are a plus. Knowledge of Spanish is also a plus but not required.

A sample of the script is available electronically upon request. “Sides” (a scene from the play to be used in the audition) will be sent to the actors upon scheduling an appointment.

Parents/Guardians - please make an appointment for your child’s audition.

Auditions will be held: Monday, October 3 @ 6pm-9pm and Tuesday, October 4 @ 6pm-9pm at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina Street, Austin, TX 78702 (click for map) To schedule an audition please email JoAnn Reyes

Teatro Vivo Auditions Child Actors for Holiday Production

Date Posted: 09/22/11
Organization: Teatro Vivo
City: Austin


Teatro Vivo is holding auditions for roles for 3 child actors for our holiday production.
Cuento Navideño, Bah Humbug in the Barrio is a bilingual holiday comedy for the entire family. The play was written by Rupert Reyes and is inspired by Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Performances for this production will be at the Rollins Theater at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Austin from Dec 8 through the 18th.

Auditions for three children actors. (Adult roles have been cast)
Characters ages are 8, 10, and 12. If you are a teenager who can play younger, please audition. Previous performing experience and singing ability are a plus. Knowledge of Spanish is also a plus but not required.
A sample of the script is available electronically upon request. “Sides” (a scene from the play to be used in the audition) will be sent to the actors upon scheduling an appointment.

Parents/Guardians - please make an appointment for your child’s audition.

Auditions will be held:
Monday, October 3 @ 6pm-9pm and Tuesday, October 4 @ 6pm-9pm
George Washington Carver
Museum and Cultural Center
1165 Angelina Street
Austin, TX 78702

To schedule an audition please email JoAnn Reyes

For more information about Teatro Vivo visit our web site

Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Tempest, EmilyAnn Theatre, September 9 - October 1

ALT review

Laura Ray The Tempest EmilyAnn Theatre, Wimberley

In this hottest Texas summer on record you could be pardoned for suffering a touch of cognitive dissonance when you decide to drive through the beginnings of the Hill Country, 45 minutes southwest of Austin, to attend Shakespeare's last work, set upon a magical island surrounded by the Mediterranean. Wimberley, Texas, is ranch country, and these days the rolling landscape is starkly dry. Even the EmilyAnn's illustration reveals the situation: Laura Ray, portraying magician's daughter Miranda, stands in the low waters of the Blanco River. These days the water is Prospero's refuge and the ocean is the countless miles of sun-toasted ranchland.

The EmilyAnn is a special place, however, something of a magic refuge all to itself. The play begins at dusk, so my wife K. and I had plenty of time to chat with the friendly folk at the ticket window and the concession stand. One strolls through a carefully tended garden on the way to the outdoor amphitheatre. My wife stopped and listened -- one could hear the distinct cheerful trickle of water slipping from pool to pool. With that prelude it became that much easier to enter the agreed meeting place of Prospero's imaginary island.

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Upcoming: Wild Dust, the musical, Lakeway Players, November 3 - 5

Found on-line:

Wild Dust Lakeway Players

Lakeway Players, Lakeway, Texas

Lakeway Players present

Wild Dust, the musical

Thursday thru Saturday, November 3rd-5th, 7 p.m.

Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway (click for directions) (click for map)

The worst dust storm in a decade is about to hit the town¸ and all the men have gone to drive the horses and cattle to safer shelter to ride out the dust, leaving the women of the town to fend for themselves in the only building strong enough to withstand the pounding sand – the town brothel. So, four ‘ladies of the night’ and three ‘ladies of the…ah…day’ are thrown together along with a mysterious cowboy who rides out of the wind. For the next 72 hours our heroes confront the elements, each other, and hardest of all – themselves.

Directed by Barbara Calderaro, the play Wild Dust: The Musical has an all-star cast including Becky Ames, Linda Bradshaw, Julianne Debower, Karen Decker, Lee Dilday, Mark King, Theresa Lingren, Cathy Rose, and Bill Walker. With a wink back to the days of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, this musical comedy will provide an evening of laughter and delight. It's a comic romp with lots of slamming doors, mistaken identities, and one very dead body. No one is exactly what they seem, and everyone’s got a secret hidden up their sleeve.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Cherry Orchard by Chekov, University of Texas, September 16 - 24

The Cherry Orchard, University of Texas

What was Brant Pope thinking?

That's not just a curmudgeonly expostulation. AustinLiveTheatre has an affection for alt-versions, augmentations and re-interpretations of the classics. Relatively small audiences have benefited from the Shakespeare riffs of the Wondrous Strange Players, their antecedent Austin Drama Club and the annual inventions of the Weird Sisters Theatre Collective. ALT applauds the current Hedda roll -- two modern language versions of Hedda Gabler from Palindrome Theatre, Tutto's Heddatron and The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler, opening next week at St. Ed's Mary Moody Northen Theatre.

For a first major outing with UT, its newly-selected chair for theatre and drama Brant Pope stages a Cherry Orchard by Chekhov that is disappointing and puzzling. Not for lack of talent, certainly, for he has three experienced teachers of theatre onstage, two of them long-standing members of Actors Equity, working with the latest class of gifted MFA Theatre students.

How about that vision thing? This production resembles exactly what it is: an acting workshop in a black box theatre. Pope double-casts most of the roles, so this second weekend's offering will be significantly different from that of the first. Lovely Lauren Lane, astute Lucien Douglas and slyly dogged Brooks Barr provide the rebounding posts for the pinball machine onstage.

The director situates the action in a nowhere that's only vaguely associated with Chekhov's world. Props and costumes appear to have been pulled at random out of the dusty lockers in the back of the warehouse. A Samsonite suitcase; the clunky metal-banded wristwatch worn by Lopakhin; a confusion of times and styles. In the opening scene Mykal Monroe as the serving girl Dunyasha wears a tight-fitting eccentric black outfit that would be appropriate for Sixth Street bar-hopping after midnight. The four acts of The Cherry Orchard occur at different times from May through September but most of these characters don't change their costumes once, except by draping a shawl or changing a hat.

Read more at . . . .

Upcoming: Jigsaw Jones: The Case of the Class Clown, ArtsPower Touring Company at One World Theatre, November 5

Found on-line:

One World Theatre presentsJigsaw Jones cover ArtsPower USA

the touring production from ArtsPower National Touring Theatre of

a musical for grades 1 - 3:

Jigsaw Jones: The Case of the Class Clown

November 5 at noon

at the One World Theatre, 7701 Bee Caves Road (click for map)

Tickets $9 for children and $12 for adults -- buy on-line

Jigsaw Jones ArtsPower Touring CompanyAthena Lorenzo has been slimed and she doesn't think it's very funny. Someone in Ms. Gleason's class is playing practical jokes. Theodore “Jigsaw” Jones claims to be the very first detective in the whole school. It's up to Jigsaw to investigate the sliming and track down the class clown. Brimming with music, charm, and humor, ArtsPower’s new production – based on the book by James Preller - will make audiences laugh and think as they learn the secret codes that Jigsaw must decipher to solve the mystery.

Click to view 8-page 'Study Buddy' in .pdf

Images by Nikki Aguirre: D.O.A., A Noir Musical, Overtime Theatre, San Antonio, September 30 - October 29

Images by Nikki Aguirre received from

Overtime Theatre San Antonio

for the world premiere of a new musicalDOA A Noir Musical Morgan Clyde Overtime Theatre

D.O.A., A Noir Musical

September 30 – October 29

8 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays.

One 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday, October 16. No show on First Friday, October 7.

The Overtime Theater, in the Blue Star Complex, 1414 S. Alamo, #103, San Antonio, TX 78210.

Tickets are $12 general admission, and $9 for teachers, students, seniors 65+, active military, and SATCO members.

Tickets can be purchased online at

Information at,, and (210) 557-7562.

Overtime Theatre Roy Thomas DOA D.O.A. San Antonio

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Upcoming: Vox, McCallum Fine Arts Academy, October 6 - 9

Found on-line:

Mac Theatre at McCallum Fine Arts Academy


Vox by Brandon Tijerina McCallum Fine Arts Academy

by Brandon Tijerina

directed by M. Scott Tatum

Thu, Oct 06, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct 7, 10 a.m.

Sunday, Oct 9, 2 p.m.

In the McCallum Fine Arts Theatre, 5600 Sunshine (click for map)

Tickets $6 - $12, available on-line through MacTheatre

A dark force haunts the land of the Vox, a tribal group of scavengers who live a life of silence. In the face of a dark presencewill the tribe find their voice to fight their oppressors? This children’s theatre show challenges traditional theatre forms through its use of movement and almost no dialogue. Rated G Special daytime shows for students and parents available!

Upcoming: The Sound of Music, Vive les Arts Theatre, Killeen, September 23 - October 9

Found on-line:

Vive Les Arts Theatre, Kileen


The Sound of Music Vive Les Arts Killeen TX

by Rodgers and Hammerstein

September 23 & 24, September 30 - October 2, October 7 - 9

Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.

Vive Les Arts Theatre, 3401 S. W.S. Young Drive, Killeen (click for map)

Tickets $15 and $20 -- purchase on-line

The hills are alive once more with the sound of this family classic! The story of Maria, the von Trapp family, and their unconventional path to family and freedom come to life in the most beloved of Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Images by Kimberley Mead: Hamlet, with Helen Merino, Austin Shakespeare, September 22 - October 9

Images by Kimberley Mead for Austin Shakespeare's

Helen Merino as Hamlet (image: Kimberley Mead)


with Helen Merino in the title role

directed by Ann Ciccolella

Rollins Theatre, Long Center, South First at Riverside (click for map)

Sept 22 - Oct 9 (Th - Sat at 7:30pm; Sun at 2pm)

No performance on Thursday, September 29

Light Design by Jason Amato; Set Design by Kevin Beltz; Music by John Van Vander Gheynst

Tickets $19–$33, $15 for students. Tickets available on-line or by tel. 512-474-LONG or at the door.

Michael Dalmon, Helen Merino, David J. Boss Hamlet (image: Kimberley Mead) Austin Shakespeare

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Auditions for I Hate Hamlet, Georgetown Palace Theatre, October 15

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Georgetown Palace Theatre

I Hate Hamlet auditions

The Georgetown Palace Theater announces auditions for I Hate Hamlet, directed by David Sray, Saturday, Oct 15th from 1-4pm.

I Hate Hamlet,
by Paul Rudnick is about a young and successful television actor who relocates to New York, where he rents a marvelous, gothic apartment. With his television career in limbo, the actor is offered the opportunity to play Hamlet onstage, but there's one problem - He hates Hamlet. His dilemma deepens with the entrance of John Barrymore's ghost, who arrives intoxicated and in full costume to the apartment that once was his. The contrast between the two actors, the towering, dissipated Barrymore whose Hamlet was the greatest of his time, and Andrew Rally, hot young television star, leads to a wildly funny duel over women, art, success, duty, television, and yes, the apartment.

The roles available in this show are:

Andrew Rally: 20 - 30yrs old

John Barrymore: 40 and up
Deidre McDavey: 20-30 yrs old
Lillian Troy: 50 and up
Gary Peter Lefkowitz: 30yrs and up
Felicia Dantine: 30yrs and up

Auditioners are asked to email their name and telephone number to: to sign up for the auditions on Saturday, Oct 15th at 1pm. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.

Auditions will at Georgetown Palace Theater at 810 S. Austin Ave in Georgetown.
(click for map)

CALL-BACKS are by invitation only and will be held on Sunday, Oct 16th, from 6:30-9pm.

The production runs Jan 13-Feb 5, 2012. Performances will be at the Georgetown Palace Theater Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm, and Sundays at 2pm. All rehearsals and performances will be held at the Palace Theater.

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Auditions for a minimalist Othello with Philip Kreyche, October 3 - 8

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Casting Call - OTHELLO

Holding auditions by appointment during the week of October 3-8 for a production of Shakespeare's Othello to be performed at the Center Stage theater in Austin, TX. This production is a minimalist, expressionistic presentation of Shakespeare's most intimate tragedy.

Casting for the following roles:

IAGO: an officer serving under Othello. Outwardly honest and caring, underneath he is a malevolent, jealous psychopath.
MICHAEL CASSIO: a noble young Venetian captain, who becomes a pawn in Iago's schemes.
BIANCA: Cassio's lover. A strong female role.
EMILIA: Iago's wife and Desdemona's maidservant.
LODOVICO: a Venetian nobleman, and kinsman to Desdemona.
GRATIANO: brother to Brabantio.
MONTANO: commander of the Venetian force at Cyprus
BRABANTIO: Desdemona's frustrated, worrisome father.
THE DUKE: the Duke of Venice

Some roles will potentially be double-cast. Auditions will be on an appointment-only basis during the week of October 3rd-8th.

Rehearsals for "Othello" are Mondays-Tuesdays-Wednesdays from 6-9pm, Oct 10th-Nov 2nd. Performances are November 10th-12th, and the 17th-19th, at 8pm.

For all actors there will be potential compensation depending on receipts.

Email all inquiries, head shots and resumes to the director, Philip Kreyche:

Philip Kreyche has previously written and directed productions for FronteraFest Long Fringe, Short Fringe, and the Wit's End Theater Project. His original play
Love Me won the award for Best Original Production in 2009. His directing credits include Shakespeare's Macbeth at the VORTEX, and BOUDIKKA: The Warrior Queen at the Salvage Vanguard Theater.

Opinion: Robert Faires' Reflections on the Collective Nature of the Theatre Experience, Austin Chronicle, September 22

Published by the Austin Chronicle:

All Over Creation: Come Together

You're not alone in the theatre, and there's power in that

by Robert Faires

Having Helen Merino return to the role of Hamlet for Austin Shakespeare now – the production runs Sept. 22-Oct. 9 at the Long Center's Rollins Theatre – isn't in itself unusual. A few dozen blocks away, Emily Erington, Kelsey Kling, and Rebecca Robinson are back together as the sisters in Marion Bridge (see Exhibitionism for Elizabeth Cobbe's review), a play they first performed at Hyde Park Theatre in 2002 under director Ken Webster, who revisits past parts himself fairly often. Actors reprise roles all the time. What's curious about Merino slipping back into the inky cloak of the melancholy Dane is the timing: It's 10 years to the month of her initial stab at the role (a point chronicled on our Sept. 28, 2001, cover). Given all the recent remembrances of the tragic events of that September, Merino's return to Denmark sounds a strange echo of the first.

To my ears, anyway – I was in that earlier production of Hamlet, along with my wife, Barbara Chisholm, and our daughter, Rosalind, then just 8. My memories of it will be forever linked to 9/11 because the tragedy occurred two days before our Hamlet was to open. That day and the next, those of us in the show had no idea if people would want to see any play, much less one trafficking in as much blood and misery as Hamlet. Still, we were show folk, so we did what show folk do: rehearse and trust that somebody would show up on opening night. And much to our amazement, somebody did. Not in great numbers, but people came, and they seemed not only to want to be there but to need to be there – to be with others, sharing the pain they felt in a public place. Moreover, they needed to share a healing experience that would balance that shattering experience the entire country had shared. Hamlet may seem a curious choice for a balm, but its exploration of murder, of revenge, of grief, of our fragile mortality, all treated with such humanity, made it a cleansing drama in that moment.

Read full text at the Austin Chronicle on-line . . . .

Upcoming: All in the Timing by David Ives, University Theatre Guild, October 14 and 16

eceived directly from

University Theatre Guild UT UTG

Come one and all to the famous UNIVERSITY THEATRE GUILD'S first show of the year

All in the Timing University Theatre Guild

5 short plays by David Ives

OCTOBER 14 & 16

2:00PM & 7:30PM SUNDAY
1925 SAN JACINTO BLVD. (click for map)


Winner of the John Gassner Playwriting Award. This critically acclaimed, award-winning evening of comedies combines wit, intellect, satire and just plain fun.

"Like sketches for some hilarious, celestially conceived revue. The writing is not only very funny, it has density of thought and precision of poetry…ALL IN THE TIMING is by a master of fun. David Ives spins hilarity out of words." —NY Times.

"Theatre that aerobicizes the brain and tickles the heart. Ives is a mordant comic who has put the play back in playwright…A wondrous wordmaster." —Time Magazine.

"An original turn of mind is to be saluted in our tired theatre…A playwright with ideas, his own ideas, in his head is relatively rare. Such a one is David Ives." —NY Magazine.

SURE THING is a classic of contemporary comedy: Two people meet in a cafe and find their way through a conversational minefield as an offstage bell interrupts their false starts, gaffes, and faux pas on the way to falling in love.

WORDS, WORDS, WORDS recalls the philosophical adage that three monkeys typing into infinity will sooner or later produce HAMLET and asks: What would monkeys talk about at their typewriters?

THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE brings together Dawn, a young woman with a stutter, and Don, the creator and teacher of Unamunda, a wild comic language. Their lesson sends them off into a dazzling display of hysterical verbal pyrotechnics—and, of course, true love.

THE PHILADELPHIA presents a young man in a restaurant who has fallen into "a Philadelphia," a Twilight Zone-like state in which he cannot get anything he asks for. His only way out of the dilemma? To ask for the opposite of what he wants.

VARIATIONS ON THE DEATH OF TROTSKY shows us the Russian revolutionary on the day of his demise, desperately trying to cope with the mountain-climber's axe he's discovered in his head.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Upcoming: Guest by Courtesy by Hannah Kenah and Jenny Larson, Salvage Vanguard Theatre, November 4 - 19

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Salvage Vanguard Theatre

cordially invites you to ~Guest by Courtesy Hannah Kenah Jenny Larson Austin TX

Guest by Courtesy

by Hannah Kenah and Jenny Larson

Nov 4th - 19th at 8 p.m.

at Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 E Manor Rd
$15 admission; Pay-what-you-wish Thursday November 10th (at the door only)

Tickets at or 1-800-838-3006

“Have I failed today? Or have I not?” –Emily Post

Women are crazy. This condemnation is often spoken in popular culture as fact. As infuriating as it can be to hear radio personalities or TV sitcoms trade on this condemnation, it seems the best way to defy it is, in fact, to embrace it.

Guest by Courtesy is the story of two cousins. One is married, wealthy, and fancy; the other is single, poor, and drab. We find these cousins unfolding their bizarre relationship over the course of a failing tea party. The cousins are little girls, society women, clowns, bitter rivals, and family.
Between the high physicality, the archetypal characters, and the bawdiness of these two cousins, the play possesses some kinship with theatrical clowning. As with any good clown, the cousins are simple, but they possess love and heartbreak beyond their own comprehension.
Will these women, hovering at the edge of sanity, go crazy in the end or instead manage to set the world on its head?


Created by Hannah Kenah and Jenny Larson

Script by Hannah Kenah
Featuring Jason Hays, Hannah Kenah, and Jenny Larson
With Original Music by Graham Reynolds
Lights by Megan Reilly
Set by Connor Hopkins
Costumes by Jessica Gilzow


Monday, September 19, 2011

Auditions in Lockhart: It's A Wonderful Life, the Live Radio Play, Gaslight Baker Theatre, September 25 & 27

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Gaslight Baker Theatre, Lockhart TX


It's A Wonderful Life

the radio play version by Joe Landry, adapted from the screenplay
directed by Terri Bennett
Sunday, Sept. 25 @ 2-4 pm, Tuesday, Sept 27 @ 7-9 pm No Appointment necessary

Gaslight Baker Theatre, 216 S. Main Street, Lockhart (click for map)

Actors Needed:
2-3 men able portray multiple characters
2-3 women able to portray multiple characters
2-3 women singers
1-2 male singers
1-2 Foley artists
Performance Dates: December 2 - 17, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.
SNEAK PEEK - Thursday December 1 at 8 p.m.
MATINEES - Sunday December 11 & Saturday December 17, 2011 at 2 .pm.

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble cast that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

The Guys by Anne Nelson, Flash Productions at City Theatre, September 10 & 11

ALT review

The Guys, Flash Productions, Austin, TX

The attack on the World Trade Center towers was variously recalled and commemorated around town last week in schools, churches, lodges, assemblies and official ceremonies. The tone varied, according to the sentiments and the level of extrovert patriotism of those involved. The Austin Statesman ran a distasteful series of "Where were you then?" articles, as if any random individual's reaction to the flagrantly mediatized events could validate the nation's shock and anger. The Gilbert and Sullivan Society did a rousing Sunday afternoon musicale of patriotic song, vivid enough to bring a mist to the eyes of this Federal pensioner, followed by a celebration of New York city with amusingly post-fitted G&S pieces.

The theatre folk had their own commemoration, thanks to two of my favorite Austin actors, their director Gabe Smith, and the City Theatre. I attended that Saturday afternoon. The house was not full but it was strongly sympathetic to the undertaking; looking around me, I recognized faces of live theatre performers from across the town. The Guys, sponsored by the virtually anonymous Flash Productions of director Gabe Smith and Ashley Edwards, was offered only for two weekend matinees, a thoughtful scheduling that made it possible for Austin performers to attend.

Fittingly enough, the set was simple, in fact, almost bare -- a simple living room set before a screen, with the detritus of City Theatre's ongoing production of Hair visible at the depths of the stage. One could seek out ironies in that -- the two very different visions of New York City and the wider nation, set almost 35 years apart -- but no one in the audience was trying to be so clever.

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Kickstarter Appeal: Hidden Room's 'Original Practices' Taming of the Shrew Travels to the American Shakespeare Center

Received notice on line of the following

Kickstarter logo

appeal for $3250 by October 21:

Judd Farris as Petrucio, Ryan Crowder as Kate (image: Kimberley Mead)

The Hidden Room has been invited to present a staging session at the world famous American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Conference. We will be performing scenes from last year's Taming of the Shrew - Original Practices and discussing Original Practices techniques. This is our big chance to have our amazing Austin actors perform for some of the world's most renowned Shakesperean scholars.

But, first we need to get to Staunton, VA.

And preferably survive while we're there.

Plus it would be nice to return to Austin when we're done. We're fond of it.

Your donation of any amount will help fly our Hidden Room team to Staunton and provide accommodations while we are there. All our folks have already taken care of their own conference fees, but additional moneys raised will go to reimbursing those and other costs incurred on the road. Like food and other such niceties.

Throughout our week in Staunton, the Hidden Room will have the opportunity to learn from and meet with some real academic heroes in the world of Renaissance Drama. Then on Thursday October 27th, we will perform and present on the Blackfriars stage - an exquisite recreation of Shakespeare's original indoor playing house. You can help make a dream come true for our band of players, and allow us the chance to bring Austin to the American Shakespeare Center.

Take us to the ASC. They're waiting for us.

We are grateful for your support - more than you know.

[image by Kimberly Mead: Judd Farris as Petrucio, Ryan Crowder as Kate]

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