Thursday, November 29, 2012

Auditions at the Georgetown Palace for South Pacific, December 8 - 10

Georgetown Palace Theatre, Georgetown, TXGeorgetown Palace Theatre Auditions for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific will be held Saturday, Dec 8th, starting at 2 pm, Sunday, Dec 9th, starting at 5:30 pm, and Monday Dec 10th at 7pm. Callbacks will be held Tuesday, Dec 11th, starting at 7pm. Performances will begin February 22nd, 2013, and close March 24th, 2013. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm, and Sunday at 2pm. All Auditions, Rehearsals, and Performances will be held at the Palace Theatre. To audition, please send an email to, including your name, phone number, and which day you’d prefer to audition.
South Pacific Georgetown Palace Theatre TXABOUT THE PLAY Set during World War II, this Pulitzer Prize-winning musical tells the romantic story of two couples and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and prejudices. The show is based on the 2008 Broadway revival of South Pacific which won seven Tony Awards.

Nellie Forbush is a nurse working overseas during World War II. She falls in love with a wealthy, older man who owns a plantation there. When she discovers that the mother of his two small children was a Tonkinese woman, the prejudices she grew up with in Arkansas prevent her from accepting his offer of marriage. Her friend, Lt. Cable, has a fiancée back home, but speaks of her with a sense of duty rather than feelings of love. When he meets a young, innocent Tonkinese girl, he too is forced to face his prejudices. The beloved score’s songs include “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair,” “This Nearly Was Mine” and “There is Nothin’ Like a Dame.”

Music for South Pacific is by Richard Rodgers, lyrics are by Oscar Hammerstein II, book is by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan

We’re seeking around 15 men, 15 women, 1 young boy and 1 young girl around 7-10 years old, and under 5' tall. There isn’t a children’s ensemble for this production. 

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(*) 2013 Season for the Woodlawn Theatre, San Antonio

Woodlawn Theatre San Antonio
in San Antonio

2013 Theatre Season 

1920 Fredericksburg Rd., San Antonio, 78201
Disney's The Little Mermaid, Jr.,
Woodlawn Theatre
San Antonio, TX
Friday Jan 11, 2013 - Monday Jan 14, 2013
On Sale: Tuesday December 11, 2012 @ 10:00AM CST

13: The Musical
Woodlawn Theatre
San Antonio, TX
Friday Jan 18, 2013 - Sunday Jan 20, 2013
On Sale: Tuesday December 18, 2012 @ 10:00AM CST

Chapter 2
Black Box Theatre
San Antonio, TX
Friday Feb 8, 2013 - Sunday Feb 24, 2013
On Sale: Tuesday January 8, 2013 @ 10:00AM CST

Full Monty
Woodlawn Theatre
San Antonio, TX
Friday Feb 15, 2013 - Sunday Mar 17, 2013
On Sale: Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 10:00AM CST

Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
Black Box Theatre
San Antonio, TX
Friday Mar 15, 2013 - Sunday Apr 7, 2013
On Sale: Friday February 15, 2013 @ 10:00AM CST

The Producers
Woodlawn Theatre
San Antonio, TX
Wednesday Apr 3, 2013 - Sunday Apr 28, 2013
On Sale: Tuesday March 5, 2013 @ 10:00AM CST

Seussical: The Musical
Woodlawn Theatre
San Antonio, TX
Monday Apr 15, 2013
On Sale: Friday March 1, 2013 @ 10:00AM CST

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs
Black Box Theatre
San Antonio, TX
Friday May 10, 2013 - Sunday May 26, 2013
On Sale: Wednesday April 10, 2013 @ 10:00AM CDT

Woodlawn Theatre
San Antonio, TX
Tuesday May 14, 2013

In The Heights
Woodlawn Theatre
San Antonio, TX
Friday May 24, 2013 - Sunday Jun 23, 2013
On Sale: Wednesday April 24, 2013 @ 10:00AM CDT

When Pigs Fly
Black Box Theatre
San Antonio, TX
Friday Jun 28, 2013 - Sunday Jul 21, 2013
On Sale: Tuesday May 28, 2013 @ 10:00AM CDT

Woodlawn Theatre
San Antonio, TX
Friday Aug 2, 2013 - Sunday Sep 1, 2013
On Sale: Tuesday July 2, 2013 @ 10:00AM CDT

'Night, Mother
Black Box Theatre
San Antonio, TX
Friday Sep 13, 2013 - Sunday Oct 6, 2013
On Sale: Tuesday August 13, 2013 @ 10:00AM CDT

Young Frankenstein
Woodlawn Theatre
San Antonio, TX
Tuesday Oct 1, 2013 - Sunday Oct 27, 2013
On Sale: Tuesday September 3, 2013 @ 10:00AM CDT

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
Black Box Theatre
San Antonio, TX
Friday Nov 1, 2013 - Sunday Nov 24, 2013
On Sale: Friday November 1, 2013 @ 10:00AM CDT

Profile: Marlane Barnes, MFA '10: Interview with A Vampire, The Alcalde

From the website for Texas Exes, the alumni organization of the University of Texas:

The Alcalde Texas Exes

Marlane Barnes (image: Paul Smith Photography via the Alcalde)


Interview With the Vampire

By Rose Cahalan in Nov | Dec 2012, TXEX on November 5, 2012


Marlane Barnes, MFA ’10, plays the Irish vampire Maggie in the new Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2. She told us how UT prepared her for Hollywood—and what happened when she forgot she was wearing her creepy get-up.

Have you always wanted to act?

I always loved theater, but I’m from Arkansas, where no one makes a living as an actor. So I got an English degree and planned on law school, but then I realized I didn’t want to be a lawyer—I just wanted to play one. As an undergraduate at the University of Arkansas, I looked for an MFA program with a lot of support and resources. That’s how I came to UT.

How was your UT experience?

It was three years of immersion in the acting world. At the end, there’s a showcase in New York where you get to meet industry professionals—casting agents, managers, other actors. That’s where I met my current manager. Relationships are everything in this industry.

How did you get the Twilight part?

I did a 30-second audition, and not long after, my manager called to say I got the part. It was very shocking, because you can go to 30, 40 auditions and not book anything.

What don’t people know about Hollywood?

It’s not just that there are so many aspiring actors—it’s that messing up as an actor is really expensive. Movies cost millions of dollars, and if you make a mistake, it’s going to cost a lot of money. That’s why producers want to cast actors with a reputation for showing up on time and being professional. So it’s hard to break in because you don’t have anyone to vouch for you.

Tell us about shooting the film.

It was wonderfully fun and challenging. We shot in Baton Rouge, La., and I was on set for almost three months. I got really homesick and missed my family and friends so much. But it was an unforgettable experience.

What’s your character like?

She’s an Irish vampire named Maggie, and her gift is that she can tell when people are lying. I studied an Irish accent at UT, so that came in handy.

Does playing a vampire bring any unique challenges?

Actors work with their breath a lot, but vampires aren’t supposed to be breathing, because they’re dead. I was very conscious of that—it was tough to hide when I was out of breath. The vampire makeup was the same color as my regular foundation, which was kind of embarrassing. I also wore crazy blood-red contact lenses. I’d forget I was wearing them, and then I’d terrify the crew members with my crazy eyes! Mine and the other Irish vampires’ contacts were extra red to show that we were definitely people-eaters.

What’s the appeal of vampires?

I love that vampires are like humans, but they have all the capabilities of animals. They combine death, immortality, and sex, all in this impossibly beautiful way—they’re the ultimate predators.

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Video: Dashing through the Snow by Jones, Hope and Wooten at Gaslight Baker Theatre, Lockhart, November 30 - December 15

Gaslight Baker THeatre Lockhart TX

Dashing through the Snow
November 30 - December 15

The Gaslight Baker Theatre in Lockhart, Texas presents the Christmas comedy Dashing through the Snow by Jones, Hope and Wooten . Shows are weekends Nov 30 - Dec 15, 2012 on Fri. and Sat. at 8 pm and 2 pm matinees on Sun. 11/09 and Sat. 12/15. For tickets and information see or call 512-376-5653

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Auditions in New Braunfels for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, December 1 and 8

New Braunfels Theatre CompanyAUDITIONS for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will be held at the Seekatz Opera House – 265 W San Antonio in New Braunfels on Monday, December 3rd from 7pm-10pm & Saturday, December 8th from 10am-12pm. Please bring a headshot and resume (if available) and sheet music for two prepared songs- a verse and chorus or a clearly marked 32 measure cut. Please feel free to audition with music from the show.

25th annual Putnam County Spelling BeePrepare one song that shows off your range and vocal abilities. Please make the other song a comedic character piece if possible. An accompanist will be provided. Singers and actors ages 18 and up are encouraged to audition.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is under the direction of Gigi Gregersen and will be performed at The Brauntex Theater in New Braunfels from March 22nd- March 30th, 2013. It's a hilarious tale of six young people in the throes of puberty, all overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves. Following the experience of vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime, the quirky yet charming cast of outsiders learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser.

For any additional questions, please feel free to contact us at 830-221-6506 or email us at

(*) Upcoming: A Christmas Survival Guide, New Braunfels Theatre Company at Seekatz Opera House, November 30 - December 9

New Braunfels Theatre Company TX






 A Christmas Survival Guide

New Braunfels Theatre Company

New Braunfels Theatre Company Presents "A Christmas Survival Guide" - First Musical Theatre Production to be Performed at Seekatz Opera House Since 1941 Fire

A Christmas Survival Guide New Braunfels Theatre TX

New Braunfels Theatre Company is pleased to partner with the Seekatz Opera House to bring New Braunfels our Christmas production, A Christmas Survival Guide.

This funny, upbeat show will be presented in Downtown New Braunfels at the Seekatz Opera House, in a festive, holiday party-like atmosphere. We are pleased to offer complimentary wine and beer to ticketholders, before the show and during intermission.

This fresh, intimate musical revue takes a wry and knowing look at a stressful season. Armed with a copy of A Christmas Survival Guide and an optimistic attitude, the characters charge into an urban holiday landscape searching for the true essence of Christmas. In upbeat and heartfelt songs (Sleigh Ride, All Those Christmas Cliches, Sacred Trio) alongside tongue in cheek vignettes, they learn to cope with the season in ways that are both hilarious and heartwarming.

The Seekatz was constructed in 1900. It has been used in recent years for weddings, corporate parties and social gatherings, but was originally constructed with opera and theatre productions in mind. The building was destroyed by fire in 1941, but was later rebuilt and then fully restored in 2004. A Christmas Survival Guide marks the first musical theatre production presented in the Seekatz Opera House since the 1941 fire.

A Christmas Survival Guide features an exceptionally talented cast including Travis Anderson, Nicole Bennett, Mario Contreras, Kelly Crawford and Becca Myer in the five principal roles. Four talented favorites; Danielle Flores, Beau Gregersen, Jaime Ramirez and Jennifer Wassom, round out the cast. Tracey Nefford serves as Director.

Location: 290 W. San Antonio, New Braunfels, Texas, 78130

Times: Friday, 11/30 and Friday, 12/7 at 8:00 PM; Saturday, 12/1 and Saturday, 12/8 at 2:30 PM and 8:00 PM; and Sunday, 12/2 and Sunday, 12/9 at 2:30 PM.
Tickets: $17 for adults, $15 for students/sen
iors and $12 for children (12 and under.) Please note that the Seekatz Opera House does not have a box office for advance purchases. Tickets are available for purchase at several local businesses: The Crossing, Water2Wine, Smith & Cole Dentistry and Gregersen Family Chiropractic, as well as from cast and crew. Printable tickets will be available online at Remaining tickets will be sold at the door on performance dates, one hour prior to show time. 
For More Information:
Please call NBTC\'s information line at (830) 221-6506 with questions.
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Upcoming: Elizabeth, Heart of A King by Lorella Loftus, Vortex Repertory, January 11 - 26

Vortex Repertory, Austin Texas

Elizabeth: Heart of a King

by Lorella Loftus

Presented by Vortex Repertory Company at The VORTEX
January 11 - January 26, 2013

Tickets: $30-$25 Priority Seating, $15-$20 General Admission, $10 Starving Artists
2-for-1 admission on Thursdays and Sundays with donation of 2 canned goods for SafePlace.
Limited seating. Advanced purchase recommended.

Info Phone: 512-478-LAVA(5282) Buy Tickets

Queen Elizabeth I was one of the most luminous, fascinating, and formidable women in history. Experience her as she has never been seen before in Elizabeth: Heart of a King. This new play by Lorella Loftus explores the formative times in her life as a young woman and the main events of her life as a queen and as an icon. Three different women play Elizabeth at different stages of her life-- a lone woman struggling to retain her political and personal power in a male-dominated world. A woman of contradictions, Elizabeth was brave and vulnerable, intelligent and ambivalent, flirtatious and icy, and very human. Other historical characters played by the ensemble include Henry VIII, Thomas Seymour, Robert Dudley, William Cecil, Mary I, and Mary Queen of Scots.
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Upcoming: A Radio Christmas Carol, Way Off Broadway Community Players, Leander, December 7 - 15

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Upcoming: TEN - ten ten-minute plays directed by students, Mary Moody Northen Theatre, St. Edward's University, December 4 and 5

From the Mary Moody Northen Theatre:

It's that time again. Join us for the 8th annual 10-minute play festival, featuring the work of 10 student directors! The event is FREE and open to the public. No reservations required, but do come early as seats fill quickly. Performances are December 4th and 5th at 5 and 8 pm.

Ten ten-minute plays, Mary Moody Northen Theatre, St. Edward's University, December 4 and 5 

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Auditions in Lockhart for The Red Velvet Cake Wars, Gaslight Baker Theatre, December 2 and 3

Do you entertain your family by imitating your wacky relatives? Then come on down and auditon for the Gaslight-Baker Theatre's next play The Red Velvet Cake Wars by the Texas comedy team Jones,Hope, and Wooten. Auditions are Sunday Dec 2 at 2 pm and Monday, Dec 3 @ 7 pm at the Gaslight-Baker Theatre, 216 S Main St,Lockhart, Tx. Cast includes 7 women and 3 men. Show dates are Jan 24 - Feb 16.

Red Velvet Cake Wars Gaslight Baker Theatre Lockhart TXA Southern fried Texas hootenanny ensues in Sweetgum, TX when the Verdeen family comes together in this hilarious comedy. The Verdeen cousins insist on hosting the yearly family reunion even though they are all the topic of scandalous town gossip. Mayhem follows as a bet is made between the cousins and their aunt on who can make the best red velvet cake which will ensure the hosting of the reunion or will cause one cousin to lose her house. On the day of the reunion and the big taste off, it seems that cousin is as sure to lose her house as she is to be committed - but the reunion isn’t over yet!

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(*) Upcoming: THE BLACK NATIVITY by Langston Hughes, Renaissance Guild, San Antonio, December 14 - 16

Monday, November 26, 2012

Profile: Breaking String's Vodka, Fucking and Television by Maxsym Kurochkin, November 29 - December 18

Austin Live Theatre Profile


by Michael Meigs

Vodka, Fucking and Television Maksym Kurochkin Breaking String Austin TXIt's a long way from Chekhov's elegiac The Seagull to Maksym Kurochkin's Vodka, Fucking and Television. If Graham Schmidt, artistic director of Breaking String Theatre, were teaching courses on modern Russian drama -- which he is not, having decided for the time being to do rather than to teach -- then Chekhov's first major play, staged in 1896, would probably be on the assigned reading list for the first or second week of the fall semester. Not until one of the concluding classes in the spring semester would VF+T appear, as a 2003 piece that helped shape the resurgence of the production of contemporary original drama in Russia.

If the grad students were lucky, they might get to meet Max Kurochkin, the playwright, either in person or via Skype, since over the past couple of years Schmidt has gotten himself involved in a big U.S.-Russia theatre cultural project financed by the U.S. State Department, one that reaches beyond the capitals and the big-money producers to a handful of theatre-rich regional hotspots including Austin.

There are a couple of other ways to draw lines  between the Chekhov and the Kurochkin works, and those also involve Austin.  Breaking String's The Seagull was staged in October 2007. Director Graham Schmidt had translated the play. After working with many of the same artists in two other Chekhov pieces, he turned the company's focus to what's happening now in Russia.

For me these pieces anchor a timeline, however provisionally.  That 2007 Seagull was one of the first theatre pieces that Karen and I attended after relocating to Austin five years ago. It provided our entry point to a creative culture that continues to astonish and to delight -- an experience that directly prompted the eventual establishment of 

Austin actress Liz Fisher and her husband Robert Matney were both in that memorable Seagull and in subsequent Breaking String productions. Last year during the company's second annual New Russian Drama Festival, Fisher and friends got together to do a staged reading of VF+T, presented as lagniappe to the company's full staging of Kurochkin's The Education of Bento Bonchev. She later agreed to direct a fully staged production of Kurochkin's comic and decidedly odd little twenty-first-century morality play. It opens this week at the Hyde Park Theatre for a three-weekend run.

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Upcoming: The Boy from the Circus Reads PICNIC, Laboratory Theatre, University of Texas, November 29

8 o'clock at the Lab Theatre behind Winfield Drama Bldg. Free admission.
We made a play for the ghost of William Inge and he may never forgive us!

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Upcoming: The Boy from the Circus, Lab Theatre, University of Texas, November 29

    • 8:00pm

  • The LAB Theatre

  • We made a play for the ghost of William Inge and he may never forgive us!
    free admission

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Auditions for Actors, Dancers, Drummers: Bonnie Cullum's 'Earth,' December 1

Vortex Repertory Austin TX
Auditions for EARTH, conceived and directed by Bonnie Cullum
Saturday, December 1, 2012 by appointment
To audition please contact Bonnie Cullum or 512-478-5282.

The Elements - Earth by Bonnie Cullum, Vortex Repertory, Austin, TX 

EARTH is an original, non-traditional, collaborative theatre piece with ritual, dance, and song to be performed on stage in a huge mound of dirt. EARTH conveys environmental awareness through stories of the Earth from the mythos of diverse world cultures. Part of The Elementals series that Bonnie Cullum has been creating for several years, EARTH is a cornerstone of VORTEX's 25th season of new work.

Seeking: Actors who dance and sing. Drummers and percussionists. 

All performers must be courageous and passionate about the Earth, excited about the collaborative creation of new material, and be comfortable with getting dirty.

Preparation: a) Resume and Headshot, b) 1 minute monologue AND 1 minute of song (any genre) to be performed with accompanist. No a cappella. Accompanist provided. Percussionists—bring drum and abilities and tricks.

Schedule: Workshops to develop ensemble and material in December-January. Rehearsals in February-March. Performances in March-April 2013. Performers will receive a stipend.

Bonnie Cullum (VORTEX Producing Artistic Director) is widely recognized for her original collaborative work. She received has received four B. Iden Payne Awards for her direction of new work (Sarah Silver Hands, Troades: The Legend of the Women of Troy, Despair’s Book of Dreams and the Sometimes Radio, Moby Dick) with dozens of other nominations in her 25 year career as an Austin theatre director and producer. Her ritual theatre work, Dark Goddess, enjoyed five individual productions over seven years and firmly established her style in collaborative and sacred performance. She was inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame in 2009 and has thrice been recognized as Best Director by the Austin Chronicle’s Best of Austin.

Choreography by Toni Bravo. Music by Chad Salvata and Chris Humphrey. Scenic Design by Ann Marie Gordon. Lighting Design by Jason Amato. Costume Design by Talena Martinez. Stage Management by Tamara L. Farley.

EARTH is funded and supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at

Pizza Fundraiser for Buzz Productions Children's Theatre Classes, December 3 and 4

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Upcoming: Mystery Show party fundraiser for Hidden Room, December 20

Hidden Room Theatre

Hidden Room Theatre presents

Mystery Show Hidden Room Theatre Austin TX
Mystery Show party and fundraiser
for Invisible, Inc.

York Rite Masonic Hall 311 W 7th Street, Austin 78701

What Show Awaits You? It's a Mystery... Get out of the cold and into one hot night in a Hidden Room somewhere inside 311 W. 7th Street, downtown Austin. Look for a shadowy figure at the door and give them the password "Invisible." Inside you'll be transported into a section of the world just outside of Invisible Inc.

Our annual Mystery Show fundraiser supports our ability to open the Hidden Room doors to more theatrical curiosities such as the award-winning Rose Rage, Taming of the Shrew Original Practices, and You Wouldn't Know Her. Enjoy hooch and hoofing, as you wonder at what entertainment may arise. Depression-era clothing is encouraged. Look for hints as to the Mystery Show's secrets. They are everywhere.

Starring the talents of Stephanie Delk, Djahari, Amara, Jack Darling, Toby Minor, Cami Alys, Shoulders, members of the cast from Invisible Inc, and more!

Running time approximately 90 minutes plus hot jazz into the night.


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Upcoming: RENTED CHRISTMAS, the musical, Bastrop Opera House, December 1 - 9

A Rented Christmas Bastrop Opera House TX
Bastrop Opera House

Rented Christmas - the Musical*

By Norman & Yvonne Ahern
Music and Lyrics by Kathryn England, Bryan Linton, IrmaRae Fairborne,
Linda Bowe, Richard Cerchia and Timothy Cerchia
Saturday, December 1 at 7:30 pm
Friday and Saturday, December 7, 8 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 9 at 2:30 pm

Family entertainment

This heartwarming musical play centers on an aged bachelor who wants to rent Christmas—tree, tinsel, carolers, family—to recapture Christmas past and who discovers the true spirit of Christmas.

Produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc., Englewood, Colorado.

Rented Christmas General Admission tickets:
$10. adults, $8 seniors 60 and over, $7 military and student, $5 children 14 and under

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Opening This Week in Austin and (*) San Antonio, November 26 - December 1

Austin Live Theatre

Opening This Week
in the Austin - (*) San Antonio region

November 26 - December 1, 2012

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Opening in Austin . . .
And Then Came Tango
A 1940's Radio Christmas Carol, Hill Country Community Theatre, TX
Autumn Randall Newsome Austin TX
April Fool's Tapestry Dance Ajstin TX
Dashing Through the Snow Gaslight Baker Lockhart TX
Christmas is ON the Air, Silver Spur Theatre, Salado, Nov. 29 - Dec. 22
It's A Wonderful Life Penfold Theatre Round Rock TX
Over the River City Theatre Austin TX
LGBT the musical Austin TS
Tea Time by Mitch Harris, Transit Theatre Troupe St. Edward's University, November 29Wand, the musical, Cedar Park High School, November 29 - December 1
Vodka, Fucking and Television Breaking String Austin TX
And the Rain Came to Mayfield Trinity University5 by Sheila Rinear, Overtime Theatre, San Antonio

Have Yourself A Merry Melodrama Woodlawn Theeatre San Antonio