Friday, February 6, 2009

Upcoming: Shooting Star by Stehen Dietz, Zach Theatre, February 12 - April 5

UPDATE: Austin Live Theatre review of Shooting Star

from the Zach website:

Shooting Star

World Premiere!

Written and Directed by Steven Dietz
Starring Barbara Chisholm & Jamie Goodwin Photo by Kirk R. Tuck

February 12 - April 5, 2009
Whisenhunt Stage
Wed, Thur, Fri & Sat at 8:00pm, Sun at 2:30pm

“Seen a shooting star tonight slip away, Tomorrow will be another day, Guess it's too late to say the things to you that you needed to hear me say…” – Bob Dylan

In the world premiere of Steven Dietz’s new romantic-comedy, two ex-lovers – one from Austin and one from Boston – unexpectedly reunite after 20 years while snowed in at a Midwestern airport. In time for Valentine’s Day, this delicious, bittersweet comedy has great heart with an appeal to the romantic in all of us.

"Dietz’s writing supplies what’s missing from most modern comedy: character, setting, worship of language, respect for the audience, and distinctive authorial intelligence!" – Seattle Weekly

"We're fortunate that a major American playwright who is changing the theatre with his own work -- and through training the next generation of playwrights at UT -- calls Austin home. When I read Steven Dietz's newest play while he was directing Doubt at ZACH, I knew we had to produce the premiere of his "Austin play". -- Dave Steakley, ZACH's Artistic Director, on Shooting Star

ARTICLE: The Austin Chronicle takes an in-depth look at Steven Dietz.

About Steven Dietz
Steven Dietz is the recipient of the PEN U.S.A. Award for Lonely Planet, perhaps his most widely-performed work; the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award for Fiction and Still Life With Iris; and the 2007 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Mystery for Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure. Recent work includes the Pulitzer-nominated Last of the Boys, the widely-produced baseball adaptation, Honus and Me and several commissions for the McCarter Theatre (Princeton), Steppenwolf Theatre (Chicago) and the Denver Center Theatre Company. Mr. Dietz and his family divide their time between Seattle and Austin, where he is a professor of playwriting and screenwriting at UT.


  1. We attended ZACH's open rehearsal for Shooting Star and now can't wait for the show to open! We really want to know how the story ends.

  2. "Shooting Star" is a lovely play. Sweet, sad, poignant, honest, and uplifting. The truth can actually help you wake up and choose to live again - my take watching the play.

    And Steven Dietz, the playwright, is virtually peerless in his ability to summon real life through intelligent, well-written dialogue.

    The actors, Barbara Chisholm and Jamie Goodwin do a wonderful job with their characters, and with Dietzs' dialogue.