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BONHOEFFER'S COST - Based on the inspirational true story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Broadway BONHOEFFER'S COST - BASED ON THE INSPIRATIONAL TRUE STORY OF DIETRICH BONHOEFFER
Palm Valley Lutheran Church (Produced by Agape Theatre)
5/11-5/21/2017
Agape Theatre is proud to announce our upcoming production of BONHOEFFER’S COST. Written by Mary Ruth Clarke with Time Gregory, BONHOEFFER’S COST tells the exciting and moving true story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Agape’s production will be the play’s Texas Premiere. BONHOEFFER’S COST finds Dietrich Bonhoeffer imprisoned in Berlin’s Tegel Prison during the darkest days of WWII. As the war rages around him and his faith is tested, Bonhoeffer deliberates the cost attached to acting from one’s convictions. In a blind race between the forces of good and evil, will Dietrich make it out alive? A Lutheran pastor and theologian in Germany during WWII, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was extremely vocal in his resistance to the Nazi dictatorship, including the Nazi persecution of Jewish people. Out of his resistance to the Nazi regime and their attempted control of the religious community, Bonhoeffer founded the underground Confessing Church. He was also a member of the Abwehr, a German military intelligence organization at the center of the anti-Hitler resistance. In addition to his political resistance, Bonhoeffer is known for writing countless books and essays on theology and Christianity, especially The Cost of Discipleship. Agape’s production of BONHOEFFER’S COST will be staged in the Sanctuary at Palm Valley Lutheran Church in Round Rock. The beautiful historic landmark was built in 1896. The building’s Gothic style and incredible stained glass windows are sure to enhance the production. “We are overjoyed to bring BONHOEFFER’S COST to our audience,” says Jeff Davis, Artistic Director of Agape Theatre and Director of BONHOEFFER’S COST. “While he’s well-known amongst Lutherans, Bonhoeffer is nearly forgotten in other circles. Regardless of your religious affiliation, Bonhoeffer’s heroism is undeniable. I know his story will inspire our patrons and keep them on the edge of their seats.” Davis is also excited about the opportunity to produce the show inside a Lutheran Church. “We are beyond blessed to be staging this extraordinary play inside an equally extraordinary venue,” says Davis. “Palm Valley Lutheran Church is a treasure to our local community. Being able to stage a show about faith inside a church is a dream come true, as is Palm Valley’s passion and excitement for this project.” This production is extra special to Davis and to Agape Theatre as it was slated for production in 2015 but had to be postponed. “When we were forced to take a break from producing back in 2015 due to venue issues, we had just started rehearsing BONHOEFFER’S COST. We were excited about it, and our patrons were already buying seats. I’m so fortunate that the majority of the cast will be returning to the production.” Ticket prices for the production start at $12-$20, with discounts available to Seniors, Students, Teachers/Educators and Current/Ex Military. “Agape Theatre has always believed that everyone should have access to quality, thought-provoking theater, regardless of income or budget,” says Davis. “We understand the importance of this story being told, and we didn’t want ticket prices to deter people from seeing this show. That’s why we’ve tiered our ticket pricing—something we’ve never done before—and offered discounts to several different demographics. We’re confident that everyone should be able to find a seat that meets their budget.” Directed by Jeff Davis, BONHOEFFER’S COST stars Cory Grabenstein as Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Rachel Bremer-Lewis as Maria Von Wedemeyer/Charlotte Friedenthal, and Zach Bond as Klaus Bonhoeffer/Maetz. BONHOEFFER’S COST also features an original musical score by Brian Losoya. The full cast and creative team will be announced soon. BONHOEFFER’S COST plays The Sanctuary at Palm Valley Lutheran Church, located at 2500 East Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock, TX. The play runs Thursday, May 11-Sunday, May 21, 2017. Performances are Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm with matinee performances on Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30pm. A free post-show reception will follow the opening night performance on Thursday, May 11th. A post-show discussion with the cast and creative team will follow the performance on Friday, May 12th and the evening performance on Saturday, May 20th. Tickets are $12-20 with discounts available to Seniors, Students, Teachers/Educators and Current/Ex Military. To reserve tickets, please visit www.ticketor.com/agapetheatre or call us at 512-88-STAGE. For more information, please visit http://www.agapetheatre.org/bonhoeffers-cost.html or call 512-88-STAGE.
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The VORTEX
5/11-5/21/2017
Ebony Stewart.World Premiere
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The Comedy of Errors in Broadway THE COMEDY OF ERRORS
Austin Shakespeare
5/3-5/28/2017
Austin Shakespeare’s Free Shakespeare in the Park production is a rollicking and rambunctious fresh look at The Comedy of Errors from guest director, Robert Ramirez, head of acting at the University of Texas at Austin. Produced in collaboration with the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department for the 33rd year, The Comedy of Errors will be performed under the stars at the Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater from Thursday – Sunday at 8 pm, May 4 – May 28 with a preview performance on Wednesday, May 3. Set in a colorful ancient world at the crossroads of cultures, The Comedy of Errors is a fast-paced tale of mistaken identities where two pairs of twins are reunited in a surprising turn of events! The comic twin Dromios are performed by Hannah Rose Barfoot, who also played a witch in last summer’s Macbeth, and Madison Weinhoffer, who is new to Austin Shakespeare. Their masters are Tony Salinas, who has performed in Shakespeare in the Park for the past two summers, and Toby Minor, who appeared in Present Laughter last fall at the Rollins Theater, where Austin Shakespeare is a resident company. Marc Pouhé, who played the title role in Macbeth, will play Egeon, the long-lost father. New to the company are Katherine Lozano as Antipholus’s wife Adriana; Taji Senior as her sister Luciana; Catherine Grady as Duke Solinus; John Christopher as Balthazar; and Jesus Valles as Dr. Pinch, the conjuring schoolmaster. Other Austin Shakespeare Alumni include: Quinn Lara as the merchant; Kristofer Adkins as the goldsmith Angelo; Roxy Becker as the Courtesan and Alison Stebbins as the Abbess with a surprising secret.
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Nunsense in Broadway NUNSENSE
The City Theatre
5/5-5/28/2017
Get thee to a nunnery with the hit musical comedy filled with so much sisterly love and good cheer that it has audiences for over thirty years rolling in the aisles. The little Sisters of Hoboken have a problem: how to bury fifty-two sisters accidentally poisoned by their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God. It’s time for a fund-raising talent show, and the nuns are the talent…well, sort of. An award-winning, laugh out loud show filled with songs, surprises, and good old fashioned fun that are a sure pleaser for the entire family. Bottom line – its heavenly fun! May 5 – 28. Thursday - Saturday 8:00 pm. Sunday 3:00 pm.
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TOP DOG/ UNDER DOG
Salvage Vanguard Theater
5/11-5/28/2017
Susan Lori-Parks; dir: Jason Phelps.
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