Monday, July 30, 2012

Upcoming: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee, Attic Rep, San Antonio, August 11 - 26

Attic Rep San Antonio



Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
by Edward Albee
directed by Roberto Prestigiacomo
August 11 - 26
Attic Rep at Trinity University, San Antonio (click for map) (click for directions)
$25.00 General Admission; $23.00 Seniors, Military, SATCO/ATAC members, Stieren Theater season subscribers, and Trinity Alumni; $10.00 Students with valid ID. 
Available on-line via
brown paper tickets

RepPass (3 Tickets) $60.00 Seniors, Military, Students, SATCO/ATAC, Stieren Theater season subscribers; $65.00 General Admission

George, a professor at a small college, and his wife, Martha, have just returned home, drunk from a Saturday night party. Martha announces that she has invited a young couple to stop by for a nightcap. When they arrive the charade begins. The drinks flow and suddenly inhibitions melt. It becomes clear that Martha is determined to seduce the young professor, and George couldn’t care less. But underneath the edgy banter, lurks an undercurrent of secrets and despair that is the foundation for their relationship. Winner of the 1963 Tony Award for Best Play. The Broadway production of this play was a shattering and memorable experience and proclaimed the author as a major American playwright.

THE CAST: David Connelly, Gloria Sanchez-Molina, Brad Adams and Sarah Nixon

THE CREATIVE TEAM: Production Design by Hills Snyder and Jeremiah Teutsch, Lighting Design by Robin Crews, Costume Design by Montana Blanca. Stage Manager, Alessandro Fierros and Production Coordinator, Emily Barker.


: $25.00 General Admission; $23.00 Seniors, Military, SATCO/ATAC members, Stieren Theater season subscribers, and Trinity Alumni; $10.00 Students with valid ID.
RepPass (3 Tickets) $60.00 Seniors, Military, Students, SATCO/ATAC, Stieren Theater season subscribers; $65.00 General Admission

Musical Theatre Auditions Go On-Line: Baby, Austin Theatre Project

Posted at the Austin Theatre Project website, along with an electronic form and detailed requirements for auditioning on-line for Baby, the Musical, scheduled for October 12 - 28 at the Dougherty Arts Center:

Austin Theatre Project auditionAuditions start here!

Most of you know we do things a little differently here at Austin Theatre Project. Our auditions for BABY are no exception! THE FIRST ROUND OF AUDITIONS IS ONLINE and I just wanted to clear up a couple of thngs about these auditions.
1. MOST important, the first round of auditions MUST be done via the form found on our website:
2. In order to submit the form, you will need to attach three files. One is your resume, one is your head shot, and the other is your audio or video audition. (You can submit 2 audition files.) Our servers will NOT process the form unless you have all three attachments.

3. You can record the entire song, choose 16 bars, 32 bars, whatever. Just remember... most directors can make a "callback decision" in less than 10 seconds. *HINT: do the part of the song that shows your voice off to the greatest advantage.

4. Once you send the form, it (and your files) will be sent to the director (Barbara Schuler) and the music director (David Blackburn). Once a decision is made, you will be contacted with a time for your callback, or notified that we won't be needing you for the show. WE WON'T KEEP YOU HANGING! We should be getting back to you within a week or two (early in the process) or within days (later in the process).Thanks!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Opportunity in San Antonio: Proxy Theatre Seeks Website Developer

Proxy Theatre San Antonioif you or someone you know is looking to build their website development portfolio, please let us know! Proxy is in the market for upstart web developers/web designers to create a new, artistic and functional website for us. Must have experience, work very quickly, and be eager to collaborate (for not much monetary gain).

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Video for Upcoming: 8 - The Play by Dustin Lance , Overtime Theatre Company at Trinity University, August 24

Overtime Theatre San Antonio

The Overtime Theater

8 - the Play

by Dustin Lance Black

at The Stieren Theater, One Trinity Place, Trinity University,San Antonio, TX 78212-7200
August 24, 2012
Performance begins at 8 P.M. $15 tickets. To reserve a ticket, visit All proceeds donated to American Foundation for Equal Rights, the organizational sponsor of the federal lawsuit for marriage equality.

Watch an all star cast from San Antonio’s Theater Community make the case for marriage equality. The Overtime Theater, in association with Trinity University’s Human Communication and Theater Department, presents a staged reading of “8” a new documentary play by Dustin Lance Black about the federal case for marriage equality. Following the performance, stick around for a Q&A with marriage equality advocates to learn more about the fight for equality in the Lonestar State and throughout the United States.

Gay Marriage Support via Overtime Theatre

When you use this link to give, we'll know that your support comes from The Overtime Theater.

Upcoming: The Little Dog Laughed by Douglas Carter Beane, Playhouse San Antonio, August 3 - 26

The Playhouse San ANtonio TX

in San Antonio presents

Little Dog Laughed San Pedro Playhouse San Antonio

The Little Dog Laughed
by Douglas Carter Beane
directed by Tim Hedgepeth

Aug 3- Aug 26
Shows Fridays and Saturday at 8 p.m.& Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
No Show August 5
The Playhouse San Antonio
800 West Ashby Place, San Antonio, TX 78212 (click for map)
Tickets: Adults - $25, Seniors (60 plus) and Military with ID - $22, Students - $15. These prices include a $2 service per ticket.
Call 210-733-7258 or visit for tickets.

Douglas Carter Beane (As Bees in Honey Drown) brings us the adventures of Mitchell Green, a movie star who could hit it big if it weren’t for one teensy-weensy problem: his agent, Diane, can’t seem to keep him in the closet.

“Theatergoers have cause to rejoice. Devastatingly funny, with dizzy, irresistible writing that brings down the house.” – The New York Times
Directed by Tim Hedgepeth

The Playhouse produces high quality live theatre that inspires, educates, and entertains audiences of all ages. Our passion is to connect our community to the world by telling stories that reveal the truth of the human experience.

Upcoming: 9 to 5, Woodlawn Theatre, San Antonio, August 24 - September 16

Woodlawn Theatre San Antonio

presents9 to 5 Woodlawn Theatre San Antonio TX

9 to 5

by Patricia Resnick
with music by Dolly Parton
directed by Rick Sanchez

August 24 - September 16

Woodlawn Theatre, 1920 Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio (click for map) 

Tickets $21 for adults, $18 for military/SATCO/seniors, $14 for students (plus fees)Purchase on-line

What a way to make a living!

Put on your power suit and enjoy a hilarious tale of laughter, friendship, and premeditated workplace revenge. It’s hilarious when three unlikely friends conspire to take control of their company and learn there’s nothing they can’t do – even in a man’s world! Based on the hit movie and featuring a score by the legendary songwriter, Dolly Parton.

Texas Public Radio Profiles Woodlawn Theatre's 'Next to Normal' in San Antonio

Texas Public Radio publishes the transcription of its three-minute feature on Next to Normal, playing July 13 - 29 at the Woodlawn Theatre in San Antonio:

Texas Public Radio"Next To Normal" is a Pulitzer Prize winning play showing at the Woodlawn Theater, “which is absolutely fantastic that a musical would win the Pulitzer Prize for a drama," said Woodlawn's Robby Vance. "This show is incredibly well written, it obviously covers a gamut of emotions, it covers a broad range of various interactions and relationships that we have as families and family structures.”
Next to Normal Woodlawn Theatre San Antonio TX
(image: Woodlawn Theatre via

Vance said it is a provocative script. It’s the story of a woman whose mental disorders seem to be getting worse, and of her family who struggle to cope.

“In this case it’s a young woman who is diagnosed as bi-polar," said Artistic Director Greg Hinojosa, "which eventually leads to schizophrenia, suicide attempts. She goes through shock therapy. So she goes through a number of different treatments that seem to be helping her but what we see in this show
is how it affects her husband, her younger daughter and certainly the relationships she has with both of her doctors.”

The show has been called “brave” and “breathtaking.” And it proved to be a great opportunity to expand the theater’s mission.

“Our goal is to increase our visibility to the city in terms of a theatre company that produces not only quality work, but work that’s going to be thought provoking and educational” said Hinojosa.

The Woodlawn partnered Next to Normal with the San Antonio State Hospital. Its cast went to the hospital and served as volunteers. At the Sunday matinee, the theater offered a chance for audience members to become more educated about mental illness, thanks to Dr. Kathleen Stanley, a clinical psychiatrist at the hospital, who stayed for over an hour after the show to answer audience questions.

“About how to seek treatment for family members and loved ones who they suspect might have problems with mental illness or what do you do if you have somebody in your family who is per chance being belligerent and you know that they need to seek treatment but they refuse.”

Auditions in San Antonio for David Mamet's November, The Playhouse, July 30

The Playhouse San AntonioAuditions at The Playhouse for November by David Mamet, directed by Andrew Thornton, July 30, 7 p.m. at the Russell Hill Rogers Theatre. 

Arrive early to register! Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. 

Performances October 26 - November 18; all roles available:

November David Mamet The Playhouse San Antonio 
Charles Smith: a man in suit (ages 40-60)
Archer Brown: a man in suit (ages 30-50)
A Representative of the National Association of Turkey and Turkey By-Products Manufacturers: a man in suit (ages 20-70)
Clarice Bernstein: a lesbian (ages 30-50)
Dwight Grackle: a Native American (ages 20-80)

Upcoming: Freedom Fighter by Philip Kreyche, No'Az Productions at Dougherty Arts Center, August 23 - September 8

No'Az Productions

Freedom Fighter Philip Kreyche No'Az Productions Austin TX
(image: No'Az Productions)

Freedom Fighter

written and directed by Philip Kreyche

August 23rd-25th, 30th, 31st, September 1st, and September 6th-8th
Dougherty Arts Center Theater, 1110 Barton Springs Rd, Austin TX, 78704 (click for map)
Run time will be roughly 2 hours 15 minutes, with a 10 minute intermission.

General admission is $15, student tickets are $10. Tickets will be available at the box office, or you may reserve tickets by calling 512-422-5705.
For the first time on the Austin stage comes the true story of David Fagen, a young African-American soldier who found himself fighting on the wrong side of a war for independence. Feeling abandoned by a racist society and questioning the morality of the war, David abandoned his country, joined the rebellion, and became a legend in his own time. Freedom Fighter is a post-modern exploration of racism, war, imperialism, patriotism, censorship, and morality. Featuring live music, video, and dance, the play illuminates not only a forgotten part of American history, but an extraordinary, controversial story of courage and personal convictions.

Click to read more and view images at . . . .

Friday, July 27, 2012

Upcoming: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Woodlawn Theatre Black Box, August 3 - 26

Woodlawn Theatre San Antonio TX

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Woodlawn Theatre San Antonio TX 

presents in the Black Box

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Music/Lyrics by William Finn; Book by Rebecca Feldman, Rachel Sheinkin, Jay Reiss
Directed by Dave Cortez; Choreographed by Christopher Rodriguez

August 3 - 26. Evening performances on Fri. & Sat. at 8:00, and Sunday matinees at 2:30.

Woodlawn Theatre Black Box, 1920 Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio 78201 (click for map)
Tickets: $15 – $22 (click to buy on-line)
Can you spell M-U-S-I-C-A-L?
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a one-act musical comedy conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by Willian Finn, a book by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay Reiss. The show centers on a fictional spelling bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School. Six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by three equally quirky grown-ups.

Get ready to flex your spelling muscles as each night four REAL audience members will be invited onstage to compete in the spelling bee alongside the six young characters! About half an hour before the show begins, audience members in the lobby are given the chance to sign up to participate in the show as “spellers”!

On Saturday nights, adult-only audiences (over age 18) are invited for “Parent-Teacher Conferences.” These performances are peppered with references inspired by R-rated ad-libs made during rehearsals.

Did you know….
**During the 2005 Tony Awards, former Presidential candidate Al Sharpton competed.
**Julie Andrews missed ”Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” when she was a guest speller.
Grab a cape and juice box and join the fun!

Leegrid Stevens Receives Alec Baldwin Fellowship for The Dudleys, Tutto Theatre

Tutto Theatre Austin TX

The Dudleys is awarded Alec Baldwin Fellowship

Leegrid Stevens via Tutto Theatre Austin TX
Tutto Theatre Company is proud to announce that The Dudleys!: A Family Game by Leegrid Stevens—premiered in Austin in May 2011—is among the first four recipients of The Alec Baldwin Fellowship at the Singers Forum. 

The award will provide for a year-long process of individualized development for the show culminating in a series of staged backer’s auditions with the ultimate goal of a full Broadway or Off-Broadway production. The recipients were announced on July 18th by Singers Forum (as reported on

“On 20 October 2011, the U.S. Senate proposed a nearly $20 million cut to the National Endowment for the Arts—a loss of nearly 13% of its annual funding. This came as NYC continued to witness an unprecedented loss of 25% of its Off-Off-Broadway theater spaces (since 2007). With no economically-feasible ‘safe zone’ in which to gestate burgeoning work, fewer original theater pieces are being produced, resulting in a dwindling of opportunities for the next generation of talented performers.” The Alec Baldwin Fellowship at the Singers Forum was created as a partnership to combat this steep decline. As Mr. Baldwin puts it, “The pieces chosen for the Fellowship represent the future of theatre in New York. As we are inundated with ‘TV shows as musicals’ and a steady stream of revivals, these four pieces illustrate that original, character-based storytelling will always be the paradigm of theatre.” Providing community and support for this endangered population of artists, the fellowship will be a year-long program devoted to the development of these “groundbreaking and original Theatrical Works. With the assistance of Mr. Baldwin, [Singers Forum] will provide professional mentorship, fine-pointed dramaturgy, and a rigorous, individualized workshopping process for each show.”

Leegrid Stevens and his play have strong Austin connections. “Tutto was privileged to produce the U.S. full-stage premiere of The Dudleys!: A Family Game,” said Tutto’s Artistic Director Gary Jaffe (who also directed the play). During the production, the playwright worked closely and collaboratively with the cast and crew. Jaffe continues: “Leegrid Stevens is a powerful and unique new voice in American theatre. With profound respect for character as his foundation, he builds thrilling theatrical landscapes in which to tell achingly real stories of loss, guilt and redemption.” Tutto’s premiere production of The Dudleys!: A Family Game went eight-for-eight in last year’s B. Iden Payne Awards, winning Outstanding: Production of a Comedy, Direction of a Comedy, Original Script, Dance Choreography, Cast Performance, Original Score, Sound Design, and Media Design.

Tigers Be Still by Kim Rosenstock, Hyde Park Theatre, July 12 - August 11

Tigers Be Still Kim Rosenstock Hyde Park Theatre Austin Tx

by Catherine Dribb

Kim Rosenstock’s play Tigers Be Still is a well-woven, touching narrative about family triumph (thread that needle!), tragedy (Bette Midler karaoke is never okay) and of course, tigers. And it will have you falling out of those new comfy chairs at the Hyde Park Theater.

It’s that good.

With a sick mother upstairs and two sisters trying to get their sh*t together, Tigers Be Still seemed an unusual pick for Hyde Park Theatre after Marion Bridge (a play about a sick mother residing upstairs and three screwed up sisters figuring out life down below) earlier this season. But Tigers Be Still is hilarious and poignant and will literally take your breath away (I need a price check on a box of extra-large, deodorized…)

Wow. Raunchy and redemptive.

Director Ken Webster delivers another masterpiece especially considering during the 95-minute show, the characters move from one house to another to a school to the lake in addition to both Walgreens and CVS. How did he and set designer Paul Davis do it? Very carefully. But it worked, and I’m not sure I’ve ever seen the Hyde Park stage look so… spacious.

Upcoming: August: Osage County by Tracy Letts, Sheldon Vexler Theatre, San Antonio, August 23 - September 16

Vexler Theatre San Antonio

Vexler Theatre San Antonio August Osage County Letts
(image: Vexler Theatre)
August: Osage County

by Tracy Letts
Directed by Paul Fillingim
August 23 - September 16
Sheldon Vexler Theatre, Barshop Jewish Community Center, 12500 NW Military Highway, San Antonio (click for map)
Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
 *There will be one evening performance at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 9th. Please note - there will NOT be a matinee that day.

Tickets: *$20 - General Admission; *$18 - Seniors/Military/JCC Members; *$14 - Students/SATCO

Season Passes, which are $60, are on sale through September 16th. Call to make reservations today! 210-302-6835

For more info, visit our website at

“quotably funny” and “the most exciting new American play Broadway has seen in years” - New York Times

The most acclaimed play of the last ten years finally makes its San Antonio debut! A vanished father. A scathingly acidic, pill-popping mother. Three sisters harboring shady little secrets. An unexpected family reunion at their Oklahoman homestead explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets. This unflinching and uproarious play exposes both the comic and tragic side of the American family.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Upcoming: A Hitman's Guide to Surviving Life by Scott McDowell, Overtime Theatre, San Antonio, August 10 - September 8

Overtime Theatre San Antonio TX


Hitman Suprlice of Photography Blogspot Overtime Theatre San Antonio


An Original Comedy by Scott McDowell Dealing With Matters of Life and Death

August 10 – September 8, 8 p.m., Thursdays -Saturdays, plus one Sunday matinee at 2:30 on August 12.
No show Friday, August 24 due for a special event, but an additional Sunday evening show at 7pm on August 26.

Ticket Prices: $12 general admission, and $9 for teachers, students, seniors 65+, active military, and SATCO members. Tickets can be purchased online at

The Overtime Theater, 1203 Camden, San Antonio, TX 78215.(click for map)

When a dangerous hitman (Samuel) is diagnosed with a terminal illness he must evaluate his life, his job and what it means to die and live…all with the help of his next victim: a renowned fiction writer (Aubrey Clark) who is at her own crossroads. Together they must come to terms with his bloody past and her future…if she has one.

Hitman is the latest offering from Scott McDowell. He has recently written and directed The Adventures of Captain Cortez and the Tri-Lambda Brigade, a hilarious and popular sci-fi comedy staged in serial installments and previously wrote his acclaimed noir trilogy The Good Samaritan, The Hard Bargain and All Good Things – all of which have been staged at the Overtime.

The black comedy premieres at the Overtime’s new location at 1203 Camden in the Gregg Barrios Theater on August 10th.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Upcoming: Ballot Box Bedlam!, a melodrama, Silver Spur Theatre, August 3 - 18

Silver Spur Theatre Salado TX

Ballot Box Mayhem Silver Spur Salado    

Ballot Box Bedlam!
The Millionaire Mountebank's Mayoral Machination
August 3 - 18
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Saturday matinees at 2 p.m.
Silver Spur Theatre, 108 Royal Street, Salado (click for map)
Admission is $18 for adults; $15 for senior citizens, military personnel and students with ID; and $10 for children aged 12 and under. Matinee prices are $10 for all categories. Group rates are available.
For reservations, call the box office at 254-947-3456. For directions or more play info, visit Wine, beer, cider and expanded food choices are available through The Spuradicals Social Club in the lobby:
The eighth chapter in the Silver Spur Theater's annual melodrama series – Ballot Box Bedlam! Or The Millionaire Mountebank’s Mayoral Machination by Gary Askins – has the peaceful village of Salado in an election fever dither as their one-candidate mayoral race is hijacked by a power-hungry outsider.
Can hero Ranger Grainger save Miss Goody Goody and the peaceful Salado citizenry from the peril of an unfair election? Will Snidely O. Slipknot’s Super-Duper PAC rig the voting and put Herman Lame, the villain’s stooge, into office? That and other questions will be answered with a healthy dose of slapstick, song and satire.
The popular, family-centric "melo" opens for a four-weekend run at 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 27, complete with popcorn-throwing patrons, on-screen pie-fights and pernicious ploys. Additionally, a locally-made "movieola," an old-style silent film with live music, once again features Salado citizens and businesses in a fun-filled, flickering farce that moves the comedy along.

Click for more information at . . . .

Upcoming: A Chorus Line, Georgetown Palace Theatre, August 10 - September 9

The Georgetown Palace Texas

The Georgetown Palace Theatre


A Chorus Line Georgetown Palace Theatre TX

by Marvin Hamlisch, Edward Kleban, James Kirkwood, and Nicholas Dante
conceived and originally directed on Broadway by Michael Bennett

Weekends Aug. 10 - Sept. 9, Fri. & Sat. at 7:30 p.m. and Sun. at 2:00 p.m.
For adult audiences
Prices: General: $24; Senior (55+): $22; Student(13-22)/Active Duty Military (with ID): $14
Children(12 or younger): $10
Click to pick seats and purchase tickets

The Palace’s production of A Chorus Line will be directed by Danny Herman, who was on Michael Bennett’s original development team. Danny will bring the original professional look and feel to our production of this Broadway classic! Memorable musical numbers include I Can Do That, Dance Ten Looks Three, What I Did for Love, One (Singular Sensation), and I Hope I Get It.

Opportunity: Stage Manager (non-Equity) for Georgetown Palace Production of You Can't Do That, Dan Moody

A broadcast sent out by Ron Watson of the Georgetown Palace Theatre on July 23:

Georgetown Palace Theatre TXDan Moody Georgetown Palace TX 

I'm looking for a Non-Equity Stage Manager for our Production of You can't Do that Dan Moody. Rehearsals start soon. It opens Sept 14th, and closes Sept 30th, 12 performances. All rehearsals and performances are in Georgetown. 

Must have experience as a Stage Manager. This is a paid position. 

Please let me know if you or anyone you know might be interested. 

Thanks, Ron

[AustinLiveTheatre note: The production will be staged at the Williamson County Courthouse in Georgetown, in the courtroom where the events took place. This newest staging will feature video projections. Click for the ALT review of the 2009 staging in the same location, with images]

Friday, July 20, 2012

Upcoming: Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare under the Stars, EmilyAnn Theatre, Wimberley, July 30 - August 11

EmilyAnn Theatre Wimberley TX

The EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens

Shakespeare Under the Stars

Much Ado About Nothing

by William ShakespeareMuch Ado EmilyAnn Wimberley

Monday, July 30 - Saturday, August 11, nightly at 8:15 p.m.except Sunday
EmilyAnn Theatre and Gardens, 1101 FM 2325,Wimberley,TX 78676 (click for map)

Family Night Special - Mon. - Wed. $12.00 for adults; $6.00 for students

Regular Pricing - Thurs. - Sat. Nights Tickets $15.00 for adults; $10.00 for students;

Tickets are available at the gate or online by clicking here

Much Ado About Nothing will be presented on our outdoor mainstage. Chairs with cushions are provided or bring your own blanket for up-front seating. Accessible seating is available. Gate opens at 7:00. Please call 847-6969in advance for assistance. For more information visit

William Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing spins the tale of young lovers Hero and Claudio, soon to wed, conspiring to get verbal sparring partners Benedick and Beatrice to wed as well. Of course, it isn't a Shakespeare comedy without a little mischief, mistaken identity, and clown-foolery involved. Come join this rumpus event, as we enter an 1880's sideshow circus, complete with a lion tamer, tight rope walker, jugglers, a mermaid, and more brought to you by 37 Shakespeare Under the Stars students. (See more about the students' work below).

Upcoming: Cabaret by Kander & Ebb, City Theatre, August 16 - September 9

Come hear the music play!

City Theatre Austin TX


Cabaret City Theatre Austin

by John Kander and Fred Ebb

August 16 – September 9. Thursdays - Saturdays 8 p.m., Sundays 5:30 p.m.

The City Theatre
, 3823 Airport Blvd. Suite D. 78722 – east corner of Airport Blvd. and 38 ½ Street. (click for map)

For reservations and tickes, call 512-524-2870 or e-mail

Tickets $25. Two for $40. 1st Row Reserved $30. Seniors $18. Students $15. Thursday all seats $15.

Group discounts available.

Cabaret City Theatre Austin TXThis summer, City Theatre will make Austin audiences an offer they just can’t refuse – an invitation to Berlin's Kit Kat Klub, on the eve of Hitler's rise to power. Based on Christopher Isherwood's Berlin Stories, John Kander and Fred Ebb’s legendary landmark musical depicts the interlocking stories of a cabaret singer, a writer from America, an omniscient Emcee, and the denizens of Berlin, all caught up in the swirling maelstrom of a changing society. With such memorable Broadway standards as "Mein Herr", "Maybe This Time", "The Money Song" and the title hit “Cabaret.” A divinely decadent experience!

Auditions in Lockhart for Who's on First, Gaslight Baker Theatre, July 29 & 30

Gaslight Baker Lockhart TX

AUDITIONS Who's on First Jack Sharkey Gaslight Baker Lockhartfor Who's on First By Jack Sharkey

Sunday, July 29 at 2:00 pm, Monday, July 30 at 7:00 p.m. Directed by Lori Z. Cordova; plays October 5 - 20

Casting: 2 men and 2 women - NO prior stage experience necessary - Comedic timing and multiple accents are a plus

A zany comedy based on magic and misconceptions. Think Groundhog Day with accents. Five people are doomed to repeat the same senario multiple times, but each time has a twist - the characters are the same but in different circustances which leads to a different ending.  

Take a husband, a wife, a lover and a friend. Add a strange lamp, a gun and a rubber chicken plus a party that begins at 8 p.m. and then again at 8 p.m. and you have this "Nightmare Comedy." Four people find themselves relining one horrible hour over and over as themselves, as Japanese citizens, as British aristocrats, as gangsters, and almost anything else you can think of. Is it all an accident? Or is their dilemma part of someone's fiendish plan? A labyrinth of hilarity exits builds to a shocker of an ending to this wacky, wacky show. For more info, go to

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Upcoming: Pure as the Driven Snow, melodrama by Way Off Broadway Community Players, July 27 - August 11

Way Off Broadway Community Players


Pure as the Driven Snow Loomis Way Off Broadway Community Players Leander TX
Pure As The Driven Snow, or The Working Girl's Secret

by Paul Loomis
directed by Suzie Redfield.

Performances will run Fridays and Saturdays from July 27th through August 11th
at 8 p.m., and on Sundays from July 29th through August 12th at 2 p.m.
Note: there are 3 Sunday performances of this show, starting at 2 p.m.

Way Off Broadway's new theater is located in building 4 of the 2243 Business Park at 11880 West FM 2243 in Leander, 1 mile west of Hwy. 183, just east of Bagdad Road. (click for map)

Tickets are $20 for adults, and $15 for students (high school and younger), seniors (60 and older) and active-duty military with ID, and $10 for children (6 and younger). While tickets will be sold at the door, reservations are encouraged. To reserve tickets, call (512) 259-5878 or visit .

On a dark and stormy night Purity Dean, a working girl with a secret, seeks shelter from the storm in a Central Texas Inn she’s been forced to give up her canning factory job as she can no longer endure black hearted Mortimer Frothingham's attentions. Working as a maid at the inn, owned by Jonathan and Zamah Logan, she falls in love with their nephew - the noble hero, Leander, who works in a pickle factory.
But Mortimer still pursues Purity and will win her by fair or foul means. And so he begins his campaign of villainy. He locks our hero, in a room with a time bomb. He escapes in the nick of time, but Mortimer's disappeared. Heavily disguised, he returns and Purity's treated to more double dealing and double crossing.Enter several mysterious guests with a multitude of pasts….and agendas. Naturally, Virtue eventually triumphs. Purity's secret is discovered, bringing her great wealth and happiness with Leander.

Auditions in Leander for Bus Stop by William Inge, Way Off Broadway Community Players, July 30

Way Off Broadway Community PlayersWay Off Broadway Community Players will be holding auditions for the classic drama Bus Stop by William Inge, directed by Linda L. Durkin, on Monday July 30 at 7 p.m. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.
There are roles for 3 women, and 5 men.

Bus Stop William Inge Way Off Broadway Community Players Leander TXAuditions are open to the public and will be held at Way Off Broadway's new theater,located in the 2243 Business Park at 11880 West FM 2243, Leander, 1 mile west of Hwy. 183, just east of Bagdad Road. (click for map)

In the middle of a blizzard, a bus pulls up at a roadside diner. All roads are blocked and the weary travelers are going to have to hole up until morning. Cherie is the passenger with most to worry about. She's been pursued, and kidnapped by Bo, an exuberant cowboy with the romantic methods of a headstrong bull. Virgil, Bo's friend and mentor tries to keep him in check with only limited success. As a counterpoint, Grace, the diner's owner, and the bus driver, Carl, at last find time to develop a "friendship" of their own. A former professor comes to terms with himself; and a young waitress gets her first taste of romance. All the while the Sheriff keeps close watch on the weather, the roads, and the diverse group of people stranded together for one long night at the Bus Stop.
All interested parties are encouraged to audition. Way Off Broadway is continually searching for performers, technicians, and other volunteers of every experience level. Additional information is available at our website, .

Performances will be at 8 p.m. on September 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29, October 5, and 6 and at 3:00 PM on September 23rd. 

Discussing Austin's Summer Musicals -- Robert Faires et al., Austin Chronicle

In today's Chronicle, along with reviews of the productions discussed:

Austin Chronicle TX

Of Thee I Sing (and Dance)
The musical is America's gift to theatre, and here's the local state of the union

Robert Faires, Fri., July 20, 2012

Patty Rowell Annie Get Your Gun Georgetown Palace 
What better time to celebrate the musical than the month in which our nation was founded? After all, musical theatre, like jazz, is one of America's contributions to world culture. And having recently noted the Founding Fathers' keen interest in the melodious ("Revolutionary Score," June 29), I feel they'd be particularly proud that this all-singing, all-dancing art form was born on our shores. Though, really, how could they not, when it put them in a musical of their very own?

Sadly (for me, anyway), 1776 is not among the seven musicals you can find on Austin-area stages this July. (Ah well, at least we had a tip of the tricorn to U.S. history with Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson in June.) Still, the month's unofficial mini-jamboree of show-tuners is worth noting, not because it commemorates the art form's American-ness (you can bet your stars-and-bars the July cluster of musicals has more to do with lighter theatrical fare for the mind-melting summer than patriotic pride) but because of the breadth of the selections and producing companies. This small sampling includes two works from the musical's post-war golden age (1946's Annie Get Your Gun, 1959's The Sound of Music), two from the post-Watergate era of anti-romance (Into the Woods and Chess, both from 1986), and two from our own post-millennium age in which musicals are either so derivative or so self-mocking that they routinely advertise the genre in their titles (Legally Blonde: The Musical and Xanadu, both from 2007). Moreover, the productions run the gamut from all-amateur to fully pro. In this one area in this one month, you can chart the evolution of the musical over six decades and see how it's handled from the Great White Way to Main Street, U.S.A. (Drive a little farther, and you can further your musical education with The Rocky Horror Show [Smithville], Fiddler on the Roof [New Braunfels], and Hello, Dolly! and Hairspray [San Antonio].)

The current cluster of musicals offered an ideal opportunity to check in on the form as it's treated in Central Texas today. After three members of the Chronicle Arts team each reviewed a musical now running – Jillian Owens, The Sound of Music; Dan Solomon, Chess; myself, Annie Get Your Gun), we compared notes on what we'd seen and what it said about the state of the art form in our area.