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Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 1/13/2013 THE STRANGE UNDOING OF PRUDENCIA HART
The Palm Door
1/16-1/19/2013
The past two seasons, productions from The National Theatre of Scotland ( Black Watch and Long Gone Lonesome) have played to sold-out audiences. The company returns with an evening of anarchic theatre, live music, and strange goings-on as Prudencia Hart, an uptight academic, sets off to attend a conference in Kelso in the Scottish Borders, where the folk-studies community has gathered for a symposium. The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart takes theatre into non-traditional spaces, where stories are re-told, sung, and passed on. Indulge in an evening of supernatural storytelling, music, and theatre inspired by Border Ballads, Robert Burns, and the poems of Robert Service. Be swept along on Prudencia's enchanting dream-like journey of self-discovery. Filled with magical moments, devilish encounters, and wittily wild karaoke, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart is moving and amusing, with plot twists unfolding all around you.
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INVISABLE INC
Rollins Studio Theatre at The Long Center (Produced by Hidden Room Theatre)
1/11-1/20/2013
INVISIBLE INC The Hidden Room is proud to present Paul Menzer's (Brats of Clarence) stylish and crackling noire mystery INVISIBLE INC. This fantastical story swirls around feuding magicians in depression-era New York, one a classic showman in the ritzy theatre palaces of Manhattan, the other a roguish upstart struggling in the back alley speakeasies of downtown. Both men have something to prove, a lady to win, and a mystery to solve, but the only constant in this world of misdirection is danger. Written by Paul Menzer, and starring Robert Matney, Liz Fisher, Joseph Garlock, Todd Kassens, Julia Lorenz-Olson, and back from the UK after his brilliant turn as Jack Cade in Rose Rage, Laurence Pears. Almost-live musical accompaniment nightly by the ghostly spectre of Graham Reynolds. Directed by Beth Burns, original music by Graham Reynolds, set by Ia Enstera, lights by Megan Reilly, props by Justin Cox. Proudly supported in part by the Redd Carpet Fund. Livestreamed on closing night, Sunday Janaury 20th at 5PM. Appears at the Long Center's Rollins Studio January 11th, only to vanish into thin air January 20th. The Long Center Rollins Studio January 11-20, 2013 (Mon-Sat 8PM, Sun 5PM, dark on Jan 15th) $18.50 running time approximately 90 minutes www.hiddenroomtheatre.com
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SOUTH PACIFIC
Pearland High School
1/18-1/20/2013
Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile. Nellie learns that the mother of his children was an island native and, unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised, refuses Emile's proposal of marriage. Meanwhile, the strapping Lt. Joe Cable denies himself the fulfillment of a future with an innocent Tonkinese girl with whom he's fallen in love out of the same fears that haunt Nellie. When Emile is recruited to accompany Joe on a dangerous mission that claims Joe's life, Nellie realizes that life is too short not to seize her own chance for happiness, thus confronting and conquering her prejudices.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Book by Oscar Hammerstein II & Joshua Logan; Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel
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ELIZABETH: HEART OF A KING
The VORTEX
1/11-1/26/2013
The VORTEX: - Lorella Loftus; dir: Lorella Loftus.
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Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 1/13/2013 QUILLS
City Theatre (Produced by Different Stages)
1/4-1/26/2013
January 4 – 26, 2013 City Theater, 3823 Airport Suite D Performances Thursdays-Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 5:30pm Purchase Advance Tickets Online: https://secure.buyplaytix.com/diffstages/ Pick-Your-Price Tickets: $15, $20, $25, or $30 Tickets purchased by credit card online or at the theatre may be subject to a small service charge. Different Stages continues its 2011-2012 season with Doug Wright's Quills. Sex. Perversion. Violence. These are the themes of the tales that drip from the ink-laden quills of the notoriously irreverent Marquis de Sade in this Obie Award winning play. Confined to the Charenton Asylum for the Insane for the outlandish escapades he'd committed during the Napoleonic Era, the Marquis continues to pen his stories to the delight of the young seamstress, Madeleine, and to the scorn of Charenton's devout Abbe de Coulmeir. When the Abbe attempts to silence the Marquis by taking his quills, his ink, and his paper, something intriguing occurs: the Marquis still finds a way to voice his scandalous yarns. As the Abbe's religious devotion clashes with the Marquis's dedication to freedom of expression, the audience is treated to a tale of wit, irony, blasphemy, philosophy, and the struggle for power told partly as a blend of comedy of manners and Grand Guignol with a dash of grotesque exaggeration and a soupcon of gore. Directed by Norman Blumensaadt (Is Life Worth Living?) Quills features Craig Kanne (You Can't Take it with You) as the Marquis de Sade and Jean Budney (Is Life Worth Living?) as his wife Renee Pelagie. Travis Bedard (Doctor Faustus) plays the director of Charenton Asylum. Joe Hartman (Vampire Lesbians of Sodom) plays the Abbe de Coulmier, a priest at the asylum. Melissa Vogt-Patterson (Humpty) plays the seamstress, Madeleine. Tony Salinas (You Can't Take it with You) plays the architect. Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 5:30pm. Tickets are Pick-Your-Price: $15, $20, $25, and $30.
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WEST SIDE TERRI
Salvage Vanguard Theater
1/22-1/31/2013
Terri Mowrey's WEST SIDE TERRI comes to FronteraFest after a successful run at The ArtShare space in Los Angeles. After premiering at Orange County's very own theatrical outsiders, Monkey Wrench Collective, Terri's show went on to play at The Hunger Artist space for another successful run. Now WEST SIDE TERRI is landing in Austin to be part of the FronteraFest. Everyone has those sheer bursts of performance with abandon by singing in the shower, playing drums on a steering wheel or even wailing on an air guitar in the privacy of our own space. Terri Mowrey takes it to the extremes by performing every character, song and dance of the movie version of West Side Story from her little apartment. In this 75 minute one woman show she weaves a love letter to her favorite musical with insights of her own life such as growing up half-Mexican and half-Anglo and the crushing devastation she felt nearly 20 years ago after a miserable audition for the stage version in college. It is hilarious, poignant and entertaining and her ability to convey her personal passion for this story while also using it as a personal and theatrical redemption for herself that truly makes this one-woman show sing. Terri Mowrey Is beyond delighted to bring her one woman show to Austin. She is an Orange County, CA based actress whose credits include Shopping & F***ing and the U.S. premiere of pool (no water) with Monkey Wrench Collective, Reefer Madness at Stages Theater Company,Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Othello at The Hunger Artists Theater Company and The Changeling at The Long Beach Playhouse. Regional credits A Christmas Carol at both South Coast Repertory and the American Conservatory Theater, To Gillian on her 37th Birthday at Laguna Playhouse and pool (no water) at SCR. Her inaugural production of West Side Terri at Monkey Wrench Collective garnered her the OC Weekly Best Actress nod for 2011. She is a graduate of SCR's Professional Conservatory and received her MFA from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Jay Fraley is producing Terri's show here in Austin and he first got involved in the Austin theatre scene in Capital T's FronteraFest production "Spirits To Enforce" in 2011. Since then he has had the pleasure of working with Hyde Park Theatre, Penfold Theatre Co. and Paper Moon Rep. This is Jay's first time producing a show in Austin and he couldn't be more excited about bringing this talented OC actress to the Austin stage. Terri created the piece collaboratively with Christopher Basile and Alexander Price, originally directed by Christopher Basile. The production's scenic design is by Terri Mowrey and Christopher Basile. Lighting design by Alexander Price. Sound design by Jeremy "Bug" Ojeda. Costumed by Terri Mowrey. Terri's show runs Jan 22nd at 7:00pm; Jan 24th at 6:00pm; Jan 26th at 3:30pm; Jan 31st at 7:45pm at sALVAGE VANGUARD THEATER - 2803 Manor Road Austin, Texas 78722. Tickets are $10. Order tickets online thru - http://www.fronterafest.org/site/index_right.html
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DEARLY BELOVED
The Palace Theater
1/11-2/3/2013
From the writing team that brought you last season's hit The Dixie Swim Club comes the hilarious story of the Futrelle sisters of Fayro, Texas, and one sister's quest to plan her daughter's antebellum-inspired wedding. Will the wedding be free from scandal, gossip, and skin-tight gold lame? Come see this rib-tickling southern comedy to find out.
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PUTTING IT TOGETHER
WaterTower Theatre
1/11-2/3/2013
Main Stage: - lyrics: Stephen Sondheim; music: Stephen Sondheim; dir: Terry Martin.
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Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 1/13/2013 THE LION KING
Bass Concert hall
1/16-2/10/2013
As it enters its 16th year, THE LION KING remains ascendant, recently becoming the highest-grossing Broadway show in history. Since its Broadway premiere on November 13, 1997, 20 productions around the globe have been seen by more than 65 million people, grossed over $5 billion and, cumulatively, run a staggering 91 years. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), THE LION KING is the fifth longest-running musical in Broadway history and only the second show in history to generate five productions running 10 or more years. Translated into eight different languages (Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Mandarin, Spanish, Portuguese), the show has been performed in 15 different countries on five continents. Continuing to reign as one of the most popular stage musicals in the world, THE LION KING can currently be seen on Broadway and on tour in North America, in London's West End and on tour in the UK, in Hamburg, Madrid, Tokyo and on tour in Japan. THE LION KING won six 1998 Tony Awards®: Best Musical, Best Scenic Design (Richard Hudson), Best Costume Design (Julie Taymor), Best Lighting Design (Donald Holder), Best Choreography (Garth Fagan) and Best Direction of a Musical, making Taymor the first woman in theatrical history bestowed with the honor. THE LION KING has also earned more than 70 major arts awards including the 1998 NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, the 1999 Grammy® for Best Musical Show Album, the 1999 Evening Standard Award for Theatrical Event of the Year, the 1999 Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Choreography and Best Costume Design and seven 2012 Spanish Musical Theatre Awards, including Best Musical. On stage, Taymor's creative vision blends elements of African art and Broadway artisanship to depict anthropomorphic animal characters. Taymor, along with designer Michael Curry, has created hundreds of masks and puppets for THE LION KING. The book has been adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed The Lion King animated feature, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the film's screenplay. The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice's music from The Lion King animated film along with three new songs by John and Rice; additional musical material by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer; and music from "Rhythm of the Pride Lands," an album inspired by the original music in the film, written by Lebo M, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer. The resulting sound of THE LION KING is a fusion of Western popular music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, ranging from the Academy Award®-winning song "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" to the haunting ballad "Shadowland." Other members of the creative team include: Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound design), Michael Ward (hair and makeup design), John Stefaniuk (associate director), Marey Griffith (associate choreographer), Clement Ishmael (music supervisor) and Doc Zorthian (Production Supervisor). Anne Quart serves as associate producer. For more information worldwide, visit LionKing.com.
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Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 1/13/2013 DISNEY'S THE LION KING
Bass Concert Hall
1/16-2/10/2013
Experience the phenomenon of Disney's THE LION KING. Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by award-winning director Julie Taymor, whose visual images for this show you'll remember forever. Thrill to the pulsating rhythms of the African Pridelands and an unforgettable score including Elton John and Tim Rice's Oscar-winning songs "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" and "Circle of Life." Let your imagination run wild at the Tony Award-winning Broadway sensation Newsweek calls "a landmark event in entertainment." Austin's most eagerly awaited return will leap onto the Bass Concert Hall stage this season.
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Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 1/13/2013 TRU
ZACH Theatre
1/10-3/10/2013
TRU starring Jaston Williams Written by Jay Presson Allen Directed by LARRY RANDOLPH Greater Tuna star Jaston Williams inhabits Truman Capote in a virtuoso performance of the charming, acerbic, fragile, and enigmatic writer. In this one-man tour de force, Williams' astonishing portrayal of the In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany's author is by turns hilarious, vulnerable, and confessional. The audience becomes confidants to TRU's trademark wit and honesty. Packed houses, standing ovations, and waves of laughter characterized this show in its initial run at ZACH Theatre 12 years ago making it the hottest ticket in town. This production promises to be even more fun this time around. "A man who doesn't dream is like a man who doesn't sweat: he stores up a lot of poison." — Truman Capote ZACH's Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley says: "By popular demand, I am bringing back one of our favorite plays from a dozen years ago that featured one of our favorite performances—Jaston Williams as Truman Capote, the renowned writer who had a flair for drinking freely, living freely, dreaming freely, and jabbing freely at the underbellies of New York City's social elite. Just like the Greater Tuna characters that Jaston made famous, this role fits him like a glove. The play is hilarious and poignant in his hands, and the intimacy of the Whisenhunt Theatre makes it feel like you are having drinks with a great friend in their stylish apartment. The good news is that this friend has the best stories and gossip to share!"
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Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 1/13/2013 TRU
ZACH's Whisenhunt Stage
1/9-3/10/2013
Greater Tuna star Jaston Williams inhabits Truman Capote in a virtuoso performance of the charming, acerbic, fragile and enigmatic writer. In this one-man tour de force, Williams' astonishing portrayal of the In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany's author is by turns hilarious, vulnerable and confessional. The audience becomes confidants to Tru's trademark wit and honesty. Packed houses, standing ovations and waves of laughter characterized this show in its initial run 12 years ago when it became the hottest ticket in town. This production promises to be even more fun!
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TRU
ZACH Theatre
1/9-3/10/2013
Whisenhunt Stage: - Jay Presson Allen; dir: Larry Randolph.
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