The Beautiful People
by William Saroyan
directed by Steven Wilson
October 18 - 26, 2013
Museum of Human Achievement, via parking lot north of Lyons just west of Springdale Rd. (click for map)
A forgotten classic by American playwright William Saroyan, is living another life in a new Austin production.
A runner-up for the 1941 New York Drama Awards, The Beautiful People centers on Jonah Webster, an eccentric father navigating the difficulties of parenting Owen, his son who writes one-word novels, and Agnes, his daughter who has a personal relationship with the mice that occupy the house. Jonah is trying to pass his optimistic philosophies of life onto his children, even as these philosophies are being tested by the fact that his third and oldest son, Harold, has gone missing.
This brand new revival of The Beautiful People features favorite Austin actors Janelle Buchanan, Rommel Sulit and David Jarrott, in addition to talented performers from the University of Texas Department of Theatre and Dance. The gifted production team of UT students, both graduate and undergraduate, will transform the Museum of Human Achievement into a site-specific performance space. Directed by Steven Wilson, a third year Directing MFA, the company re-imagines William Saroyan's play, and breathes new life into his forgotten work.
Performance dates and times are:
Saturday, October 19th at 8pmSunday, October 20th at 2pm
Friday, October 25th at 8pmSaturday, October 26th at 8pm