Friday, March 13, 2009

Upcoming: Heron and Crane, Vortex Repertory, April 11 - 25 (daytime performances)

Received March 12:

DA! Theatre Collective
proudly presents…

Heron & Crane

an original children’s production
written by Kirk German
adapted from a Russian Folk-Tale
directed by Kirk German and Heather Huggins
Featuring Jude Hickey and Michelle Brandt

Saturday, April 11 11am; 1pm
Sunday, April 12 1 pm
Saturday, April 18 11am; 1pm
Sunday, April 19 11 am; 1pm
Saturday, April 25 11 am; 1 pm

Where: The VORTEX 2307 Manor Road, Austin, TX 78722
Tickets: call (512) 479-PLAY or go online at:

DA! Theatre Collective is proud to present Heron and Crane, our hilarious and dynamic adaptation of a beloved Russian folk-tale about two strong-willed swamp-birds who discover that becoming friends requires a little give-and-take…. or maybe a lot. The hour-long show includes an interactive 30-minute show (created with 80% re-used and recycled materials), a post-show discussion where the audience helps decide the fate of the two rambunctious birds, and a new and different final scene every time! The show explores issues about diversity, ecology, conflict resolution, problem-solving, and friendship through original music, choreography, and audience interaction.

Heron and Crane features Collective members Jude Hickey (Best Actor, Austin Critics Table Award, The Pillowman) as Crane and Michelle Brandt as Heron; Kirk German (B. Iden Payne Nominee, Best Director of a Comedy) writes and co-directs with Heather Huggins; Lisa del Rosario (Austin Critic’s Table Nominee, Best Performance of a Dance) choreographs, with an original score by Austin musicians Travis Cooper & Melissa Jurrens.

Over the past four months, DA! has taken the traveling version of Heron and Crane to a diverse sampling of elementary schools in three different central Texas school districts. During that time, over 4,000 area students have seen the show, half of them for free through our matching program, created specifically to bring arts programming to Title One schools in our region.

And NOW, the Heron and the Crane are nesting at The VORTEX for three weeks this April, to be enjoyed by kids of ALL ages-- the young and the young-at-heart alike! This weekend matinee run of Heron and Crane will take place in the Yard at The VORTEX. Performances run from April 11th to 25th. Saturday performances begin at 11 am and 1 pm. Sunday performances are at 1 pm, with an additional 11 am show on the 19th. Use of The VORTEX is made possible through the support of VORTEX Repertory Company.

As part of DA!’s ongoing commitment to enhance the level and scope of education in our artistic community and to provide high-quality arts education to all members of our society, tickets for this incarnation of Heron and Crane are extremely affordable: $4 for youth and $6 for adults; groups of 8 youth and 1 adult can purchase a Flight Package for only $25; larger groups may apply for an additional discount.

To make reservations, call (512) 479- 7530 x 5 or go online at:

DA! is proud to be sponsored by Hyde Park Theatre and Target. This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

DA! Theatre Collective
c/o Hyde Park Theatre
511 W. 43rd Street
Austin, Texas 78751
(512) 479- 7530 x 5

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