Saturday, September 1, 2012

Upcoming: As The World Warms, Heather Woodbury, in 6 parts, October 19 - November 11

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AS THE WORLD WARMS by Heather Woodbury, Vortex Repertory, October 19 - November 11

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The VORTEX presents the world premiere of Heather Woodbury’s

As the Globe Warms
a new American soap opera in six parts
Heather Woodbury As the World Warms Vortex Repertory
Heather Woodbury (via Vortex Repertory)

Written and Performed by Heather Woodbury | Directed by Michael Yawney

Oct.19 -Nov.11, 2012 8pm (6 Parts)

Endangered frogs, whirling dervishes, desperate scientists, and Evangelicals gone wild--all the inhabitants of Vane Springs, Nevada-- live out the soap opera of everyday life through the extraordinary headlines of our times.

The VORTEX proudly presents the World Premiere of OBIE Award and Spalding Gray Award winner Heather Woodbury’s astonishing new one-woman, million-species, comic epic that explores what it is like to survive in America today, on a planet edging toward climate crisis.

This new epic solo performance is presented in six evenings of theatre that can be enjoyed separately, but together form a complex, funny, and moving continuing saga.

Part 1 (Episodes 1&2): Oct.19 (Fri), Oct.31 (Wed)
Part 2 (Episodes 3&4): Oct.20 (Sat), Nov.01 (Thu), Nov.02 (Fri)
Part 3 (Episodes 5&6): Oct.21 (Sun), Nov.03 (Sat), Nov.04 (Sun)
Part 4 (Episodes 7&8): Oct.24 (Wed), Oct.25 (Thu), Nov.07 (Wed)
Part 5 (Episodes 9&10): Oct.26 (Fri), Nov.08 (Thu), Nov.09 (Fri)
Part 6 (Episodes 11&12): Oct.27 (Sat), Oct.28 (Sun), Nov.10 (Sat), Nov.11 (Sun)

Tickets: $30-$25 Priority Seating, $15-$20 General Admission, $10 Starving Artists
Limited Seating. Advanced Purchase Recommended.

6 Night VIP Passes (Purchase by 10/15): $125 Gold Priority Pass or $75 Silver General Admission Pass. Available only through The VORTEX Box Office at 512-478-5282. For advanced purchase only by 10/15. Pass-holders must RESERVE tickets for all 6 nights.

As the Globe Warms follows Lorelei Ray, the home-schooled daughter of a Pentecostal preacher who finds herself mysteriously “speaking in the tongues” of endangered animals and sharing these possessions on-line with a growing following of Evangelical youth. When handsome herpetologist Reed Ferris arrives in her small town, determined to try to save the local “Butterscotch frog” from extinction, an unlikely friendship forms, creating far-reaching consequences for the people and creatures of Vane Springs, Nevada. In the mix are Tea Party zealots, closeted gay evangelicals, a working class family on the brink of extinction, and eyewitness reports from whales, polar bears, bees, bats and frogs.

Heather Woodbury is a theater artist known for her “highly addictive theatre” (Austin Chronicle) -- sprawling works that combine the seductions of cable TV serials with the high-wire immediacy of live, solo storytelling.

The VORTEX first presented her 8-act solo play What Ever: An American Odyssey nearly 15 years ago. Originally performed weekly in the back of a New York City bar, What Ever became a breakaway hit in Austin and went on to tour widely from Chicago’s Steppenwolf to London’s Royal Festival Hall. It was broadcast as a radio-play hosted by Ira Glass and received numerous awards including the Austin Critics’ Table Award for Outstanding Touring show. She has returned repeatedly to The VORTEX to perform for her one-woman feats for a growing “cult of hard-core devotees” (Austin Chronicle, 1997). 

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