Sunday, June 30, 2013

ANTIGONE by Jean Anouilh, Vortex Summer Youth Program, July 19 - 27, 2013

Vortex Repertory, Austin Texas

(Vortex Repertory Company, 2307 Manor Rd.)

VORTEX Repertory Company’s Antigone Jean Anouilh Vortex Summer Youth Austin TX
Summer Youth Theatre


By Jean Anouilh
Directed by Talena Martinez

July 19-27 2013 8pm 6 nights only!
Friday-Sunday, July 19-21 and Thursday-Saturday July 25-27

The VORTEX, 2307 Manor Road, Austin, TX 78722 Bus route. Free Parking.
Tickets: $30, $20, $10
$30 Priority Seating. $20 General Admission. $10 Artists/Students
Available at or 512-478-5282
Limited seating. Advanced Purchase Recommended.
Radical Rush—Limited, free tickets available at 7pm at the door on night of show only.

VORTEX Repertory Company’s Summer Youth Theatre (SYT) presents Jean Anouilh's Antigone for 6 nights only. In a striking contemporary production, the 15-person ensemble illuminates this timeless play about the struggle to do what is right in a world of absolute morality. Highly stylized “viewpoints” movement creates a unique and visceral landscape for this dynamic production.

Now in its 22nd year, the award-winning SYT program provides students with opportunities to team with adult professional theatre artists in all aspects of theatre. SYT 2013 features an ensemble of young artists: Hunter Archield-Cupit, Sky Blaw, Cole Buford, Callier Creedle, Taylor Cruse, Sean Eure, Sean Feighan-Patrizi, Hannah Greer, Izzy Heffington, Ryanna Henson, Luna Newcomer, Hanna Patterson, Kat Powell, Riley Simpson, Martha Zo Ryland, and Gus Tucker.

SYT 2013 is mentored by professional adult theatre artists. Directed by Talena Martinez. Choreography by Katherine Wilkinson. Scenic Design by Ann Marie Gordon. Lighting Design by Jason Amato. Costume Design by Elisha Adelman. Stage Management by Tamara L. Farley. Production Management by Helen Parish. Producing Artistic Director, Bonnie Cullum. Associate Producer, Melissa Vogt-Patterson.

Summer Youth Theatre funded and supported in part by VORTEX Repertory Company, a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, and by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division, believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin's future. Visit Austin at

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Ethos/Vortex Rep Auditions of Male Singers for Retrospective, July 7, 2013

Vortex Repertory, Austin Texas
2703 Manor Rd.

ethos seeks male performers of any ethnicity or age to sing several featured roles in CyberFest. Must be a singer. CyberFest is a retrospective of ethos work from 1995-present, directed by Bonnie Cullum. 

By appointment on Sunday, July 7thTo sign up for an audition slot, please contact: Bonnie Cullum at or 512-478-5282.

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

General Auditions at the Bastrop Opera House, July 8, 2013

Bastrop Opera House

Bastrop Opera House TX
Bastrop Opera House Auditions for 2013 Summer and Fall Comedies and Musicals, Adult Actors, Singers, and Dancers needed.
 Male and Female roles for 17 years and older actors only!

Open Call: Monday, July 8, 2013 at 6 p.m.  

711 Spring Street, Bastrop, TX - click for map

Readings from scripts; singing a cappella or with your CD 

Directors: Engela Edwards* and Chester Eitze

Notes from director Chester Eitze on his Auditions:
  • September's Always...Patsy Cline is already cast.
  • November's Bingo (musical) performs Fridays and Saturdays, November 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday Matinee, Nov. 17 at 2:30 p.m.
  • December's holiday show or shows will be scheduled after auditions, but most likely performance dates are Fridays and Saturdays December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21 and Sunday Dec. 15, 2013.

*Note from director Engela Edwards on her Auditions: I'm thrilled to be directing at the Opera House again. I arrived in Texas at the end of May and have already directed one show at the Opera House. I can't wait to see familiar faces, and hope to meet new performers during this audition.

About auditioning for the shows I'm directing:

  • My call backs will be July 9.
  • I will then cast my season shows, and you will be contacted on July 10.
  • We will have a read through with the cast as soon as possible where you will get your rehearsal schedule.
  • My 2013 shows will have traditional 4 to 5 day-a-week rehearsals, lasting for 4 to 5 weeks, immediately prior to the show dates, followed by 3 weekends of performances.
  • Performances happen on Fridays, Saturdays, and some Sundays.
  • August 2013 show: Rehearsals starts July 10 or 11, and performances are Fridays and Saturdays, August 9, 16, 17, 23, 24 and Sunday Matinee August 11, 18, 2013. Currently I have four scripts I want to direct for August. The talent I see at auditions will determine which show is the August show and which will have to wait until the 2014.
  • October 2013 Oz! Regular rehearsals for the Adult performers start September 9. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays Oct. 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, and Sunday Matinees Oct. 13 & 20.
  • Adults will rehearse in the evenings. Plan on pickup rehearsals on Thursday's of show week. I need everyone there dress rehearsal week.
  • There is a chance that there could be an opportunity for an additional show which rehearses during the day, depending on the rehearsal availability schedule of the talent I see at auditions. So bring your calendars, because ALL rehearsal and performance conflicts will need to be noted at the auditions.

I usually have a cast in mind when I choose a show, or I know that I have the talent available to cast the show I've chosen. Since I have been traveling since the 2011 Bastrop Wildfires, I'm not sure what talent is available, therefore I have chosen:

    a play with an all female cast
    a play with an all male cast
    a silly musical with a huge cast of men and women
    a comedy with a small cast of men and woman
    a comedy with a small cast of mostly younger roles
    a comedy with a medium sized cast of all older roles
    shows that require very experienced actors
    shows that could work with less experienced actors

If you plan to audition for one of my shows, please send me an email and tell me a little about yourself. Send email to and make sure you write "auditions" in the subject line.

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Opening This Week in Central Texas,July 1 - 6, 2013

Austin Live Theatre

Opening This Week
in Central Texas

July 1 - 6, 2013
Click images for additional information

Opening around Austin . . .
WillRogers Review, Georgetown Palace Theatre
Georgetown Palace, July 5 - August 4

Jomana Jones - Radiate Daniel Alexander Jones Salvage Vanguard Austin TX
at the Salvage Vanguard, July 5 - 13


Friday, June 28, 2013

San Antonio's Classic Theatre Relocating to Woodlawn Theatre

It’s official: Classic Moving to Woodlawn

By Deborah Martin : Friday, June 28, 2013

Classic Theatre and the Woodlawn Theatre have formally announced that the former will be moving into the latter in January.
Classic will stay at the Sterling Houston Theater at Jump-Start for the rest of the year. Then it will be running the Woodlawn’s black box space.

Classic’s current home is leased by Jump-Start Performance Co. Jump-Start’s lease was not renewed; it will be moving in January, as well, and is looking for a new home.

In Classic’s press release about the move, Woodlawn Executive Director Kurt Wehner says, “We are very excited about this new collaboration with the Classic Theatre. We love the universal themes of unity and understanding that are celebrated through their work and are delighted to join forces with them in bringing even more quality theatre into the Deco District.”

2013 - 2014 City Theatre Season and Ticket Information

City Theatre Austin 2013-2014 season

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A Delicate Balance

Twelfth Night

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(*) PLAYHOUSE SAN ANTONIO BALL, September 20, 2013

Playhouse San Antonio


Playhouse San Antonio ball fundraiser 2013

September 20, 2013 at 6:00pm
Russell Hill Rogers Theater

Black-tie optional

Come kick off our 2013-2014 Season with the premier event in San Antonio theatre! With a surprise sneak-peek at the upcoming season, lobby entertainment, and drinks provided by some of San Antonio’s hottest bars, The Playhouse Ball is not to be missed.

Tickets start at just $125! Purchase yours here!

Sponsor the Ball! Click here to select your level of sponsorship online or email!

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THE MOTHERFUCKER WITH THE HAT by Steven Adly Guirgis, Capital T Theatre at Hyde Park Theatre, August 8 - 31, 2013

Capital T Theatre Austin TX

[performing at the Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd St. at Guadalupe -- click for map ]

presentsMotherfucker with the Hat Steven Adly Guirgis Capital T Theatre Austin TX

The Motherfucker with the Hat

by Stephen Adly Guirgis
Directed by Carrie Klypchak
August 8th – 31st
Thursday-Saturday at 8pm
Hyde Park Theatre 511 W 43rd St at Guadalupe - click for map

Things are looking up for recovering alcoholic Jackie and his girlfriend Veronica—until Jackie spots another man’s hat in their apartment and embarks on a sublimely incompetent quest for vengeance. Fast-paced and uproarious, Motherfucker is a gleefully foul-mouthed look at modern love and other addictions.

Capital T Theatre is proud to present the regional premiere of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ outrageously funny and touching comedy directed by Cap T company member Carrie Klypchak starring Austin favorites Ben Wolfe (The Pain and the Itch), Indigo Rael (Exit, Pursued by a Bear), Antoinette Robinson (Mr. Marmalade), Rommel Sulit (Men of Tortuga) and Aaron Alexander (Behanding in Spokane).


Jackie - Ben Wolfe
Ralph D - Aaron Alexander
Veronica- Indigo Rael
Cousin Julio - Rommel Sulit
Victoria - Antoinette Robinson
Lighting Design by Patrick Anthony
Costume Design by Cheryl Painter

About the Playwright

Stephen Adly Guirgis- Playwright
Co-artistic director and proud member of LAByrinth Theater Company. His plays have been performed on five continents and throughout the United States. Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, Our Lady of 121st Street, In Arabia We’d All Be Kings, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and The Little Flower of East Orange were all produced by LAByrinth and directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Judas and Little Flower were co-productions with the Public Theater. Other plays include Den of Thieves, Race Religion Politics, Dominica: The Fat Ugly Ho and the upcoming Untitled/St. Paul play. UK and regional premieres at the Donmar Warehouse (Olivier nom.), the Almeida (dir. Rupert Goold), the Arts, the Hampstead, Edinburgh (Fringe First Award) and two Midwest premieres at Steppenwolf. New Dramatists alumnus, MCC Playwrights and Ojai Playwrights member. TV writing credits include NBC’s “UC: Undercover,” David Milch’s CBS drama “Big Apple,” “NYPD Blue” and “The Sopranos.”
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JOMANA JONES: RADIATE by Daniel Alexander Jones, Salvage Vanguard Theatre, July 5 - 13, 2013

[Salvage Vanguard Theatre, 2803 Manor Rd. -- click for map]

presents the regional premiere of 

Jomana Jones Radiate Daniel Alexander Jones Salvage Vanguard Austin TX

July 5th thru July 13th, Thursdays-Saturdays, at 8 p.m.
with one late night performance Friday July 12th at 10:30 p.m.
at the Salvage Vanguard Theater - 2803 Manor Rd, Austin TX 78722 - click for map.

Conceived by award-winning interdisciplinary artist Daniel Alexander Jones with composer Bobby Halvorson, JOMAMA JONES: RADIATE is part concert, part revival - featuring the triumphant return of legendary expatriate performer Jomama Jones. A mythical R&;B diva who left the United States after a string of hits in the 1980s, Jomama Jones returns from the darkness as a lone star with a singular purpose – to awaken the comeback in us all, through her music and live performance.

Jones is accompanied by her collaborator and musical director, Bobby Halvorson, her backing vocalists, the Sweet Peaches - the extraordinary Helga Davis and Laura Jean Anderson, and a knockout band. She also welcomes a series of very special guests from the Austin community. Jomama Jones shares songs of resilience and regeneration as she recounts her rise to the stratosphere, her self-imposed exile from the U.S. and surprising observations of the America to which she has returned.

"RADIATE glows..." said the New York Times, "making it hard to resist this sequined earth-mother's soulful embrace."

“…A fully fledged creation, complete with a hot band and a powerful message about staying human in tough times” – Minneapolis City Pages

“Jones is a brilliant persona, full of love, light, and beautiful lyrics and stories.” – Jill Dolan, The Feminist Spectator

“Performed with fearless style ... [Jomama Jones] will have you wiggling and bouncing in your seat... a fusion of retro-funk, camp and theatricality that begs for yet another comeback.”– David Cote, NY-1 News

Come spend an evening with the woman Backstage Magazine called "a true theatrical original!”

Performances run July 5th thru July 13th, Thursdays-Saturdays, at 8pm with one late night performance Friday July 12th at 10:30pm at the Salvage Vanguard Theater - 2803 Manor Rd, Austin TX 78722.

Tickets are available online starting May 27th, 2013 at for $12, or can be purchased at the door for $15. Thursday, July 11th is PAY WHAT YOU WISH NIGHT - tickets available at the door. The SVT box office opens one hour prior to performance.

About Daniel Alexander Jones (Jomama Jones)
Daniel Alexander Jones is a performance artist, writer and director. American Theatre Magazine named him "one of fifteen artists whose work will be transforming American stages for decades to come." His unconventional body of work includes plays (Bel Canto, Earthbirths, Phoenix Fabrik), performance pieces (Blood:Shock:Boogie, The Book of Daniel, Cab and Lena) and devised work (Qualities of Light, Clayangels). In collaboration with composer Bobby Halvorson, Daniel, as his "altar-ego" Jomama Jones has released three recordings and performed to critical acclaim at Soho Rep, The Kirk Douglas Theatre, Pillsbury House Theatre and Victory Gardens. He directed world premieres of plays by writers including Shay Youngblood, E. Patrick Johnson, Renita Martin and Erik Ehn. Daniel holds a degree in Africana Studies from Vassar College and a graduate degree in Theatre from Brown University. He is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Fordham University and taught previously in the MFA programs at the University of Texas at Austin and Goddard College. Daniel is a Creative Capital grantee, a MAP Fund grantee, and a Howard Foundation Fellowship recipient. He is an alumnus of New Dramatists, a Core Member of the Playwrights' Center, and held Fellowships with the Hemispheric Institute at NYU, and the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women & Gender in the Arts & Media at Columbia College, Chicago. Daniel Alexander Jones received the prestigious Alpert Award in the Arts for Theatre in 2006 in recognition of his dynamic body of work. Jones will workshop his new musical theater event Bright Now Beyond as part of his performing artist residency at Salvage Vanguard Theater this summer (full production slated for SVT’s Mainstage July 2014). Follow Jomama Jones on Twitter @msjomamajones and visit

About Salvage Vanguard Theater:
Salvage Vanguard Theater (SVT) is a theater company and performance hub located in East Austin. SVT creates and presents transformative high-quality artistic experiences that foster experimentation and conversation. Visit or contact Adrienne Dawes for information: 512-474-7886 or

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Volunteer Positions for Little Shop of Horrors, Zilker Productions in Zilker Park, July 12 - August 17, 2013

Zilker Productions Austin TXVolunteer Positions for Zilker Theatre Production’s musical of Little Shop of Horrors

Please contact Zilker theatre productions at or call us at 512-479-9491 for more information. The following is a list of volunteer opportunities. For more information about our organization, please visit

Stage Crew Volunteers
Little Shop of Horrors Zilker ProductionsStage Crew responsibilities may include setting up the stage, placing/striking the sets and props for the show. The crew also assists the actors with moving sets and props during the show’s scene changes. Some lifting may be required; however we can accommodate your needs. Call times usually start around 6:30. (Times will be arranged with the Stage managers) Training will be provided. We would need people starting June 27 – August 17, 6:30 – 11:00pm. We are flexible if people need to have certain nights off or can only work part of the summer.

Front of House Volunteers House Managing Crew is responsible for assisting the house manager with stuffing programs, handing out programs and welcoming patrons to the hillside. This crew will also assist the Concessions people with set up. This volunteer position is not required to be there the whole evening. We would need people July 12 – August 17, 6:30 – 10:30pm (every Thursday thru Sunday). We are flexible if people need to have certain nights or weekends off or only want to do part of the summer.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

PERFORMING POSSIBILITIES, Conspire Theatre, July 14, 2013

Conspire Theatre Performing Possibilities
Sunday, July 14th at 5:00 pm
The Off Center, 2211 Hidalgo St Austin, TX 78702

Since 2009, Conspire Theatre has led theatre and creative writing workshops for women incarcerated at the Travis County Correctional Complex in Del Valle. This July marks Conspire’s first project with women in the free world. On Sunday, July 14th, Conspire Theatre will premiere its first ever public performance, Performing Possibilities.

From July 12th through July 14th, Conspire will lead a three-day theatre workshop with women who have been to jail or prison. This will culminate in a public performance and community dinner catered by Bridget Dunlap’s new restaurant Mettle.

Over the final quarter of the 20th century, U.S. criminal justice policies underwent a period of intense politicization and harsh transformation. Draconian sentencing laws and get-tough correctional policies led to an unprecedented increase in jail and prison populations, driving the United States’ rate of incarceration head and shoulders above that of other developed nations[1]. The number of women serving sentences of more than a year grew by 757% between 1977 and 2004—nearly twice the 388% increase in the male prison population[2].

Women coming out of jail and prison face stigma that make finding stable housing and employment difficult, but many make huge efforts come back into their communities and make positive change. Join us as women tell their own stories of struggle and triumph, sorrows and joy set against the larger backdrop of incarceration in Texas.

About Conspire Theatre: Founded in 2009, Conspire Theatre offers incarcerated women and their allies a healing and empowering experience through theatre and creative writing. Kat Craft and Michelle Dahlenburg are the co-Artistic Directors. To learn more visit or watch a short video about our work at

Zach Theatre auditioning for male Latino actor aged 45-70 for 'Salt and Pepper,' July 9, 2013

Zach Theatre Austin TXZACH Theatre announces auditions for Salt and Pepper on Tuesday July 9 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. in the ZACH Whisenhunt Classroom Studio located at 15426 Toomey Road.

Seeking one male Latino actor aged 45-70 for the role of the Old Man for this bilingual play about the effect of illiteracy on families. We hope to cast actors who are Spanish speakers. We are seeking non-AEA actors.

Salt and Pepper is a bilingual production, presented in English and Spanish, that explores the burden of illiteracy and the bonds of family and friendship. Salt is a boy whose family has a secret. His grandfather can’t read or write, and the Old Man’s shame and silence make life hard on the two grandsons in his care. When Salt becomes friends with Pepper, her love of books sparks his own interest in the world of words. Together, they discover a mysterious box of postcards that reveal the truth about his family’s past and leads them toward a more hopeful future. For ages 7 and up.

Rehearsals begin on Thursday August 29, 2013. The show will run for schools and families in the Whisenhunt Theatre September 26 – November 2, 2013. Rehearsals TBA, but tentative schedule includes Monday – Friday evenings and Saturday mornings.

The first school performance will be on Thursday September 26, 2013 and opening day is Friday, September 27, 2013. Performances will be Tuesdays through Saturdays weekly with the final performance on Saturday November, 2013. Actors should audition only if they will have daytime availability in September, October, and November. Matinee performances will be at 10 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

Actors will perform a one minute monologue and will be seen by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please e-mail Nat Miller at All actors should bring a headshot and resume to the audition. For general information about ZACH please visit us at

Auditions in Wimberley for Stay by Sheila Cowley, July 9, 2013

Wimberley Players TXThe Wimberley Players proudly announces auditions for Stay by Sheila Cowley, directed by David McCullars, Tuesday, July 9, 2013 starting at 6:30pm to 9:30pm. 

Stay is a psychological drama about a marriage on the brink whose pulse refuses to abate. It is the story of darkly, complicated relationships and the nature of trust, love, sacrifice, and ultimately letting go. Two men, two women, ranging 20s - 50. These are real people: we’ve known them; we’ve been them. Stay is a brand new play which has been staged only once by the Players Community Theatre in Sarasota, FL (August of 2012).

Eugenie Bondurant, Kevin Sario, Sarasota Players (photo: Cliff Roles)
Please schedule a time slot ahead of time to avoid a long wait. Callbacks Thursday, July 11, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Rehearsal period: 6 weeks, starting the first full week of August. Exact dates and times will be based on conflicts provided at audition time. Performances: September 13 - October 6 (Fri & Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2:30 pm)

What to expect in the auditions: If you would like to perform a 1-2 minute dramatic monologue, we would love to see it. In addition, sides from the play will be sent out prior to the audition date that you can prepare as well. Please arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to fill out an audition sheet. IMPORTANT: Please bring all conflicts for the rehearsal period at this time.

What to expect in the Callbacks: If invited, you will be grouped in different combinations and asked to read selected scenes together. Each group will be given time to read together and prepare prior to performing on stage.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE by Tennessee Williams, City Theatre, July 25 - August 18, 2013

Preview: Shakespeare at Winedale, 2013, University of Texas, July 18 - August 11

Shakespeare at Winedale TX

July 18 - August 11, 2013
Winedale Barn
3738 FM 2714 Round Top, Texas 78954-4901 (click for map )
Shakespeare at Winedale’s 2013 Summer Class takes the stage this summer with performances of The Comedy of Errors, The Tempest, Henry IV, Part I, and, for the first time at Winedale, Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus. Performances will begin July 18th and run through August 11th; performances are Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 7:30pm with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are $10 for general admission or $5 for students/UT ID holders and may be ordered online through the Shakespeare at Winedale website
The complete summer performance schedule can be accessed at this link:

For the first time in the program’s history, this summer’s class will perform Christopher Marlowe’s thrilling tragedy of Doctor Faustus. Based on the classic German myth, the tale of Doctor Faustus chronicles one academic’s deal with the Devil to gain knowledge and power. This is only the third non-Shakespearean play to be performed at Winedale, and the first time Marlowe has been performed in the Winedale Theatre Barn. Join us for a devilish good time.

The magic continues with Shakespeare’s The Tempest, which tracks the survival of shipwrecked sailors as they roam about an island inhabited with a spirit, Ariel, a monster, Caliban, and the vengeful sorcerer, Prospero. This tale of magic, revenge and betrayal will come to life when set against the backdrop of Winedale’s natural beauty.

Henry IV, Part I begins with a disquieted new King of England, Henry IV, who must begin his reign by dealing with the murder of his predecessor, battles with Scotland and Wales, and his son’s debauched behavior. This is the first of Shakespeare’s plays in which we are introduced to the lovably infamous Falstaff – a role so hilarious it allegedly earned commendation from the Queen Elizabeth I. Shakespeare at Winedale prides itself on its histories. You won’t want to miss this classic tale.
The Comedy of Errors sees two sets of twins who were separated at birth thrown back together with a wonderful array of confusion and frustration. Shakespeare’s shortest play, Comedy will delight audiences with a slapstick farce of mistaken identity.
“We have a fantastic array of performances this summer,” says Shakespeare at Winedale Director James Loehlin. “The Comedy of Errors is one of Shakespeare’s funniest plays, and The Tempest is perhaps his most magical one. Henry IV is a history, a comedy, and a tragedy wrapped up in one play, and Falstaff is probably Shakespeare’s greatest comic character. And it is a thrill to be doing Marlowe—Faustus is a haunting play you will never forget.”

When the students complete their work in residence, they will tour to Austin and Dallas, TX, as well as the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA, home to the world’s only historical recreation of Shakespeare’s Blackfriars stage. More information about touring dates and venues will be posted to the website soon.

Thursday, July 25th, is Fayette County Night; tickets for Fayette County residents are only $4 for that evening’s performance of The Tempest, and door prizes will be raffled off at the end of the performance. Our annual Season Finale is Saturday, August 10th, beginning at 6:30pm with a special catered reception before the evening performance of The Comedy of Errors; tickets are $25.

Shakespeare at Winedale is a University of Texas program in which students study and perform Shakespeare at the Winedale Historical Complex near Round Top. Since its founding by English professor James Ayres in 1970, the program’s unique, hands-on approach has brought Shakespeare’s words to life for hundreds of students and thousands of audience members. University students from many disciplines and backgrounds work together for six weeks at Winedale, ending their summer with four weekends of performances in a converted nineteenth-century hay barn.

For more information about the Shakespeare at Winedale program, please visit our website: or contact the Program Coordinator Liz Fisher at (512) 471-4726 or

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Video: Director Norman Blumensaadt on Emlyn Williams's Night Must Fall, Different Stages, June 21 - July 13, 2013

In Tom Chamberlain's three-minute video director Norman Blumensaadt outlines the origins and the tensions of the 1930's mystery by Emlyn Williams, presented by

Different Stages Austin TX


Night Must Fall

directed by Norman Blumensaadt Night Must Fall Emlyn Williams Ilkley Playhouse

June 21 – July 13

The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd - click for map

Thursdays - Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 7 p.m.
No performance on Thursday July 4; added performance on Wednesday July 10.

“Pick your Price: $15, $20, $25, $30

For reservations call 478-5282

Different Stages continues its 2012-2013 season with Emlyn William’s classic mystery Night Must Fall. In a bungalow in a forest in Essex lives Mrs. Bramson, a fussy hypochondriac. She pays her niece Olivia a small salary to act as her companion and the household also includes her cook, Mrs. Terence, and her maid Dora.

When Dora gets pregnant, Mrs. Bramson is determined to get the boyfriend to marry her. At the same time, a woman disappears from a nearby hotel. The police begin investigations and, when Dora brings home her boyfriend Dan, Olivia immediately notices that his behavior is not quite normal. He is perpetually putting on an act and soon he worms his way into the affections of Mrs. Bramson, leaves his job as pageboy at the hotel and moves in. Then the woman’s body is found – headless.....

Directed by Norman Blumensaadt, Night Must Fall features Ben McLemore as Dan, Mary Kennelly as Mrs. Bramson and Bethany Harbaugh as Olivia. The cook is Played by Paula Gilbert and the maid by Laura Artesi . Daniel Norton plays the police inspector and Jonathon Urso plays Olivia’s boyfriend