Friday, September 10, 2010

Arts Reporting by Jeanne Claire van Ryzin: Shakespeare at the Long Center, Austin Playhouse at Mueller

Two items today from Jeanne Claire van Ryzin at the Statesman's Austin360 "Seeing Things" blog:

Long Center adds Globe Theatre production to HD film screenings

Expanding its agreement with HD film distributors, the Long Center for the Performing Arts has announced that it will now be screening recent Shakespeare productions from London’s Globe Theatre.

The first is the Globe’s 2009 production of ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’ directed Dominic Dromgoole. It screens at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1. Tickets are $15, $10 for students.

Screening dates for more Globe Theatre productions will be announced in the near future.

Recently, the Long Center began screening Emerging Pictures Opera in Cinema series of recent production from international opera houses. The next in that series is London’s Royal Opera House production of ‘Cosi Fan Tutte’ which screens at 7 p.m. Sept. 14.

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Austin Playhouse considers move to Mueller

After nearly a decade in residence at South Austin’s Penn Field development, Austin Playhouse is thinking about it’s next move. Where to? The Mueller redevelopment in East Austin.

Nothing is inked or written in stone yet, but Austin Playhouse, led by Don Toner, reports that it is in discussions to secure a location adjacent to the planned Austin Childrens’ Museum.

Austin Playhouse imagines its new facility to include two performance facilities — a 200-seat main stage and a 99-seat flexible second stage — along with classrooms and support facilities. Austin Playhouse estimates its project will cost between $3 to $5 million.

Greg Weaver, the Catellus executive in Austin in charge of the Mueller redevelopment told the American-Statesman today that “we’re in very preliminary discussions,” with Austin Playhouse about going into Mueller’s future town center, potentially adjacent to the planned new Austin Children’s Museum.

Weaver added that while the theater would be “a great addition” to the future town center, there is no deal at the moment. The Mueller town center is planned to be a mix of retail, restaurant and entertainment venues. However, no date has been set to start the town center phase of the Mueller project.

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