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Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 11/25/2012 THE SCARLET LETTER
University of Texas B. Iden Payne Theatre
11/16-12/7/2012
Adapted by Sarah Saltwick Based on the novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne Directed by Steven Wilson Presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance "There was a wild and ghastly scenery all around her, and a home and comfort nowhere." Sin. Guilt. Judgment. Love. Protagonist Hester Prynne comes to the stage in a reimagining of Hawthorne's classic tale. About the playwright and director Sarah Saltwick is a playwriting and fiction Michener Fellow at The University of Texas at Austin. Her work has been presented, developed or produced by Paper Chairs Theatre Company, Scriptworks, WordBRIDGE, Bristol Riverside Theater, Shrewd Productions, Last Frontier Theatre Conference, and Moving Arts. Prior to his study at The University of Texas at Austin, Steven Wilson spent fifteen years working throughout Chicago as an actor, director and educator. His directing credits include The Transition of Doodle Pequeño (UT Austin), A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant (A Red Orchid Theatre), The 13th of Paris (LiveWire Chicago Theatre), and Orange Flower Water (No Name Players). Most recently, Steven was the assistant director for Dividing The Estate at the ZACH Theatre where he also works as a teaching artist. He is a master of fine arts candidate at The University of Texas at Austin.
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YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU
The Vortex Theater
11/17-12/8/2012
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this comedy introduces us to the Sycamores, a family that delights in eccentricity. They may seem mad, but they show us that those who pursue convention for its own sake and who need to conform to society's conventions are the maddest of us all. This play about living life to the fullest, following your own dreams, and daring to be unconventional has been a perennial since its debut in 1936.
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Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 11/25/2012 A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Sam Bass Community Theatre
11/16-12/15/2012
Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol has been adapted by Phil Grecian in this very theatrical stage play. The story tells of sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge's ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation after the supernatural visits of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. You may have seen A Christmas Carol before but never like this! Adapted for the stage by Phil Grecian from the novella by Charles Dickens
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Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 11/25/2012 A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Sam Bass Community Theatre
11/16-12/15/2012
Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol has been adapted by Phil Grecian in this very theatrical stage play. The story tells of sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge's ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation after the supernatural visits of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. You may have seen A Christmas Carol before but never like this! Adapted for the stage by Phil Grecian from the novella by Charles Dickens
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Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 11/25/2012 A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Sam Bass Community Theatre
11/16-12/15/2012
Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol has been adapted by Phil Grecian in this very theatrical stage play. The story tells of sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge's ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation after the supernatural visits of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. You may have seen A Christmas Carol before but never like this! Adapted for the stage by Phil Grecian from the novella by Charles Dickens
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Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 11/25/2012 A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Sam Bass Community Theatre
11/16-12/15/2012
Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol has been adapted by Phil Grecian in this very theatrical stage play. The story tells of sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge's ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation after the supernatural visits of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. You may have seen A Christmas Carol before but never like this! Adapted for the stage by Phil Grecian from the novella by Charles Dickens
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Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 11/25/2012 A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Sam Bass Community Theatre
11/16-12/15/2012
Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol has been adapted by Phil Grecian in this very theatrical stage play. The story tells of sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge's ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation after the supernatural visits of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. You may have seen A Christmas Carol before but never like this! Adapted for the stage by Phil Grecian from the novella by Charles Dickens
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A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Sam Bass Community Theatre
11/16-12/15/2012
Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol has been adapted by Phil Grecian in this very theatrical stage play. The story tells of sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge's ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation after the supernatural visits of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. You may have seen A Christmas Carol before but never like this! Adapted for the stage by Phil Grecian from the novella by Charles Dickens
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Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 11/25/2012 A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Sam Bass Community Theatre
11/16-12/15/2012
Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol has been adapted by Phil Grecian in this very theatrical stage play. The story tells of sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge's ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation after the supernatural visits of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. You may have seen A Christmas Carol before but never like this! Adapted for the stage by Phil Grecian from the novella by Charles Dickens
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VODKA, F***ING AND TELEVISION
Hyde Park Theatre
11/29-12/15/2012
Vodka, Fucking and Television is a dark comedy about a struggling writer, and the vices holding him back. But Kurochkin gives this plot a surprising twist: The vices become personified, and each gets a chance to justify their presence in the hero's life, or get the boot. Inspired by artistic malaise, Vodka, Fucking and Television calls to mind a fantastic combination of the Cohen Brothers' Barton Fink, with Sartre's No Exit. Widely regarded as one of Russia's greatest living playwrights, Maksym Kurochkin was introduced to Austin in 2011 at Breaking String Theater Co.'s inaugural New Russian Drama Festival; he would return as the spotlight artist for New Russian Drama Festival 2012, which saw the American premiere of his play, The Schooling of Bento Bonchev. Kurochkin's plays' imagination, immediacy, irreverence and humor have made him a sensation in Russia as well as in Texas, and Breaking String is excited to extend its relationship with Max's work.
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IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO SHOW
Penfold Theatre Company
11/29-12/23/2012
On Christmas Eve 1946, members of the KPNF radio station come together to bring the beloved American holiday classic It's a Wonderful Life to audiences as a live radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings dozens of characters to the stage and performs live foley sound effects, you'll fall in love with George Bailey and his timeless tale of despair, redemption and hope all over again. Running time: About 1 hour 45 minutes, with one intermission. For all ages.
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Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 11/25/2012 OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS
The City Theatre
11/29-12/23/2012
The City Theatre Company Proudly presents Over the River and Through the Woods Opening November 29 – December 23, 2012 Come home for the holidays and celebrate family…faith…food! The City Theatre Company is pleased to announce a special holiday theatre celebration with Joe DiPietro's hilarious family comedy Over the River and Through the Woods at the City Theatre on November 29 – December 23. This heartwarming show illustrates the unquestionable love between family members old and young, and how traditions, faith and loyalty not only survive, but transform throughout all generations. The play revolves around Nick, a 32-year-old single Italian-American man who dutifully has dinner with his grandparents every Sunday. At an unscheduled visit, Nick announces that he is leaving New Jersey to take a job in Seattle. To his grandparents, whom Nick calls "the loudest people I've ever met," they have already lost Nick's parents to distant cities and his desire to move makes no sense. The grandparents take his announcement as a declaration of war and pull out all the stops, including match-making, outrageous schemes and wild dinner parties to keep him home. The antics that follow are hilarious and touching and all add to a wonderful night of theatre. Loaded with laughs, every step of the way." – Star-Ledger "Over The River…a sweet, charming play that makes us feel good ..." – ChicagoCritic.com Joe DiPietro is a Manhattan-based playwright known for many productions including the hit musical comedy I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, All Shook Up and Babes in Arms, among other productions. He is the recipient of the William Inge American Theatre Award and the O'Neill National Playwright's Conference MacArthur Award for comic writing. The production is directed by Stacey Glazer who directed City Theatre's How the Other Have Loves, The Crucible and the award-nominated Rabbit Hole. The cast features Matthew C. Burnett (Nick), Kim Rubin (Aida), Robert Deike (Nunzio), Liz Roark (Emma), Steve Wright (Frank), and Megan M. Ortiz (Caitlin). The City Theatre Company is an Austin-based not for profit arts organization and is sponsored in part by the Austin Creative Alliance and the Austin Cultural Arts Division. Founded in 2006, the company has been recognized by the Austin Critics Table Awards, the B. Iden Payne Awards and was twice voted "Best Theatre Company" by Austin- American Statesman's Austin 360. CTC is dedicated in providing quality theatre experience and entertainment for Austin artists and its community. SHOW INFORMATION AT A GLANCE Over the River and Through the Woods November 29 – December 23. Thursday – Saturday 8:00 p.m. Sunday 5:30 p.m. The City Theatre. 3823 Airport Blvd. 78757 – east corner of Airport Blvd. and 38 ½ Street. General Seating $15. Guaranteed Front/2nd Row Reserved $25. Students $12. Thursday all seats $10. Group discounts are available. Reservations 512-524-2870 or info@citytheatreaustin.org www.citytheatreaustin.org
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Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 11/25/2012 OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS
The City Theatre
11/29-12/23/2012
The City Theatre Company Proudly presents Over the River and Through the Woods Opening November 29 – December 23, 2012 Come home for the holidays and celebrate family…faith…food! The City Theatre Company is pleased to announce a special holiday theatre celebration with Joe DiPietro's hilarious family comedy Over the River and Through the Woods at the City Theatre on November 29 – December 23. This heartwarming show illustrates the unquestionable love between family members old and young, and how traditions, faith and loyalty not only survive, but transform throughout all generations. The play revolves around Nick, a 32-year-old single Italian-American man who dutifully has dinner with his grandparents every Sunday. At an unscheduled visit, Nick announces that he is leaving New Jersey to take a job in Seattle. To his grandparents, whom Nick calls "the loudest people I've ever met," they have already lost Nick's parents to distant cities and his desire to move makes no sense. The grandparents take his announcement as a declaration of war and pull out all the stops, including match-making, outrageous schemes and wild dinner parties to keep him home. The antics that follow are hilarious and touching and all add to a wonderful night of theatre. Loaded with laughs, every step of the way." – Star-Ledger "Over The River…a sweet, charming play that makes us feel good ..." – ChicagoCritic.com Joe DiPietro is a Manhattan-based playwright known for many productions including the hit musical comedy I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, All Shook Up and Babes in Arms, among other productions. He is the recipient of the William Inge American Theatre Award and the O'Neill National Playwright's Conference MacArthur Award for comic writing. The production is directed by Stacey Glazer who directed City Theatre's How the Other Have Loves, The Crucible and the award-nominated Rabbit Hole. The cast features Matthew C. Burnett (Nick), Kim Rubin (Aida), Robert Deike (Nunzio), Liz Roark (Emma), Steve Wright (Frank), and Megan M. Ortiz (Caitlin). The City Theatre Company is an Austin-based not for profit arts organization and is sponsored in part by the Austin Creative Alliance and the Austin Cultural Arts Division. Founded in 2006, the company has been recognized by the Austin Critics Table Awards, the B. Iden Payne Awards and was twice voted "Best Theatre Company" by Austin- American Statesman's Austin 360. CTC is dedicated in providing quality theatre experience and entertainment for Austin artists and its community. SHOW INFORMATION AT A GLANCE Over the River and Through the Woods November 29 – December 23. Thursday – Saturday 8:00 p.m. Sunday 5:30 p.m. The City Theatre. 3823 Airport Blvd. 78757 – east corner of Airport Blvd. and 38 ½ Street. General Seating $15. Guaranteed Front/2nd Row Reserved $25. Students $12. Thursday all seats $10. Group discounts are available. Reservations 512-524-2870 or info@citytheatreaustin.org www.citytheatreaustin.org
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Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 11/25/2012 THE SANTALAND DIARIES
ZACH Theatre's Whisenhunt Stage
11/23-12/23/2012
Austin's favorite irreverent elf returns in the 15th — and final — edition of Sedaris' hysterical tale of elfin woe. Enjoy the real-life story of Sedaris' tour of duty at Macy's as Crumpet the elf, and what it takes to juggle tots and tottering Santas during a painfully festive time of the year. A laugh 'til you cry evening of merrily subversive entertainment to delight adult audiences! (Note: mature themes.) WHERE ZACH's intimate Whisenhunt Stage, 1510 Toomey Road (Toomey intersects S. Lamar Blvd. between W. Cesar Chavez and Barton Springs Rd.) WHEN THE SANTALAND DIARIES Previews November 23 Opening night is Saturday, November 24 (Press night) Performances continue through December 23 Performances: Wednesday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 p.m. TICKETS To order tickets call 512-476-0541 ext. 1 or visit www.zachtheatre.org. Tickets range from $35-$65. Student Rush Tickets: $18 one hour before showtime (with valid ID). ZACH's bar opens one hour before showtime. For real-time updates on ZACH Theatre news, events and happenings, visit http://www.zachtheatre.org/blog, be a fan of ZACH Theatre on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/zachtheatre, and follow ZACH on Twitter @zachtheatre http://www.twitter.com/zachtheatre. ZACH's production of THE SANTALAND DIARIES is sponsored in part by Lina's Cocoa Couture. About ZACH Theatre ZACH Theatre is Austin's leading professional producing theatre, employing more than 600 actors, musicians, and designers annually. Founded in 1932, ZACH is the longest running theatre company in Texas, serving 95,000 adults and youth annually. ZACH creates its own nationally recognized plays and musicals that ignite the imagination, lift the spirit, and engage the community under the proven leadership of Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley and Managing Director Elisbeth Challener. Launching its 80th season in 2012, ZACH continues to expand and engage with Austin, adding the new 420-seat, 32,000-square-foot Topfer Theatre to its performing arts campus, nearly doubling ZACH's capacity while retaining its hallmark intimate theatre-going experience. Visit www.zachtheatre.org for more information. ZACH Theatre is sponsored in part, by Applied Materials, Austin Catering, Four Hands Home, Holiday Inn-Lady Bird Lake, Kirk Tuck Photography, Marquee Event Group, OnRamp, Austin American-Statesman, KXAN TV 36, and Time Warner Cable; and by grants from Junior League of Austin, The Shubert Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division, which believes an investment in the arts is an investment in Austin's future. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.
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