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University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas Department of Theatre and Dance Announces the 2013 Cohen New Works Festival March 25 - 29, 2013 Featuring more than 35 theater, music, dance, installations, multimedia and site-specific new works in and around the F. Loren Winship Drama Building on The University of Texas campus. Full event roster and schedule at Free Admission The Cohen New Works Festival presented by the University Co-op is proud to announce programming for the 2013 Festival, March 25 - 29. This highly anticipated Festival, produced by The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance, comprises more than 35 theater, music, dance, installations, multimedia, and site-specific new works by emerging artists from the university and Austin communities. With an emphasis on original work, an infrastructure supported and led by students, and free admission to the public, the biennial Festival is the largest collegiate event of its kind in the nation. Performances, exhibits and guest artist panels run throughout each day at sites in and around the F. Loren Winship Drama Building on The University of Texas campus. SAMPLING OF EVENTS FROM THE COHEN NEW WORKS FESTIVAL ROSTER Colossal A Large Spectacle Multi-Medium Performance, March 25-28 at Anna Hiss Gymnasium Colossal is an epic theatrical event. Featuring a twenty-person ensemble, dancing, and a drum corps, Colossal centers on a University of Texas football player, struggling to move forward in the wake of a catastrophic spinal injury. In hopes of honoring three different communities (football, dance and the disabled community) Colossal is both a celebration and critical examination of our nation's most popular form of theater - football. Almost Invincible An Enthralling Site-Specific Work, March 25-28 at the University of Texas Tower A musical theatre collaboration piece, Almost Invincible is a live-action graphic novel about a hero and villain in a small American city. Animated video projection will be used to bring this graphic novel to life through scenic elements and comic cell art. The Women of Juarez An Alternative Form of Untold Stories, March 25-28 at the B. Iden Payne Theatre Before the war on drugs took precedence in our border country of Mexico, Ciudad Juarez had a bigger problem. Told through an ensemble of Latina women, The Women of Juarez explores the ways in which the stories of the women of Juarez - the missing and the lost; the murdered and the ones left behind - are honored and told in unconventional and untraditional ways. Times Two: A Public Display of Love Desire A Dynamic Dance Performance, March 26 - 27 and 29 at the Oscar G. Brockett Theatre Choreographed as a male-partnered performance, Times Two: A Public Display of Love and Desire is a contemporary dance piece that explores the universal yet intricate concept of love. Challenging dance norms associated with partner dancing, this pas de deux utilizes dance as a social instrument for initiating dialogue and provoking conversations surrounding traditional forms of dance, as well as non-traditional forms of love. L?MBD? An Interactive Installation Project, March 25-29 at the Winship Drama Building Studio 2.138 L?MBD? is an installation accompanied with a physically electric performance, blurring the lines between theater and science. An investigation of astronomical phenomena involving light, project lead Ryan Andrus shares "L?MBD? will try to expand our perception of what light is and what it can tell us about the history, current state, and future of our universe." AND MANY MORE! Faculty Producer of the Cohen New Works Festival presented by the University Co-op Kirk Lynn says, "The Festival acts as a snapshot of where the American Theater is at in the mind of the student body, and we think where the American Theater itself will be in the next ten years." For more information on the Cohen New Works Festival, including the roster and schedule for all events, please visit The F. Loren Winship Drama Building (WIN) is located at the intersection of East 23rd Street and SAN JACINTO Boulevard. The physical address is 300 East 23rd Street, Austin, Texas 78712. CALENDAR LISTING: March 25-29, 2013 - The Cohen New Works Festival presented by the University Co-op presents over 35 works in and around the F. Loren Winship Drama Building (300 E. 23rd St.). Admission to all events is FREE. The full festival roster: The Cohen New Works Festival presents: Colossal at Anna Hiss Gymnasium Room 134 (Wichita and Dean Keeton Streets). Performance times are March 25, 26 28 at 8:00 p.m. and March 27 at 8:30 p.m. Almost Invincible at the University of Texas Tower (University Ave. and Inner Campus Dr.). Performance times are March 25, 26, 27 and 28 at 8:00 p.m. The Women of Juarez at the B. Iden Payne Theatre (300 E. 23rd St.). Performance times are March 25, 26 at 8:00 p.m., March 27 at 8:30 p.m. and March 28 at 5:30 p.m. Times Two: A Public Display of Love Desire at the Oscar G. Brockett Theatre (300 E. 23rd St.). Performance times are March 26 at 4:30 p.m., March 27 at 12:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and March 29 at 5:00 p.m. L?MBD? at the Winship Drama Building Studio 2.138 (300 E. 23rd St.). Performance times are March 25 at 2:30 p.m., March 26, 29 at 11:30 a.m., March 27 at 3:00 p.m. and March 28 at 5:00 p.m.
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Death and the Maiden in Broadway DEATH AND THE MAIDEN
Sam Bass Community Theatre
Ariel Dorfman's explosively provocative, award-winning drama is set in a country that has only recently returned to democracy. Gerardo Escobar has just been chosen to head the commission that will investigate the crimes of the old regime when his car breaks down and he is picked up by the humane doctor Roberto Miranda. But in the voice of this good Samaritan, Gerardo's wife, Paulina Salas, thinks she recognizes another mana€"the one who raped and tortured her as she lay blindfolded in a military detention center years before.
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Love Letters in Broadway LOVE LETTERS
Sam Bass Community Theatre
"Love Letters" by A.R. Gurney opens March 22nd at Sam Bass Community Theatre. Directed by Lynn S. Beaver. "Love Letters", the Pulitzer Prize nominated play by A. R. Gurney, is back at SBCT for 9 performances! This is the story of two characters, Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, that spans over 50 years, as they discuss their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats - all through the letters they write to each other. Please join us for this evocative, touching, frequently funny but always telling evening in which what is implied is as revealing and meaningful as what is actually written down. This production is directed by Lynn S. Beaver (Hamlet, The Hallelujah Girls) Featuring Frank Benge as Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Veronica Prior as Melissa Gardner Presented by Sam Bass Community Theatre Dates: March 22, 2013 - April 6, 2013 Times: March 22, 23, 29, 30 & April 4, 5 & 6 at 8:00 PM March 24 and 31 at 2:00 PM Place: Sam Bass Community Theatre, 600 N. Lee St., Round Rock (in Memorial Park) $18; $15 seniors, students, educators, military; $13 all Thursday performances Reservations: Contact Frank Benge at Sam Bass Community Theatre
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Austin Playhouse
Austin Playhouse continues their 2012-2013 Season with Lady Windermere's Fan by Oscar Wilde. AUSTIN, Texas- Wilde is at his satirical best in the comic thriller that made him an overnight star. Young Lady Windermere is leading a charmed life, she's happily married, a new mother, and about to celebrate her 21st birthday. When a friend suggests that not only is her husband having an affair with the mysterious Mrs. Erlynne, but that this notorious woman is about to turn up at the birthday ball, Lady Windermere's trust in her husband is shattered. Will she have faith in the man she loves, or be driven into the arms of another? In a society obsessed with scandal, one false step could cost her everything. Lady Windermere's Fan was first produced at London's St. James's Theatre in 1892. It was Wilde's fourth play, following Vera; or The Nihilists, The Duchess of Padua, and Salome. It was his first comedy and his first hit. It premiered on Broadway in 1893. Artistic Team The cast includes Claire Ludwig as Lady Windermere, Benjamin Summers as Lord Windermere, Jason Newman as Lord Darlington, Suzanne Balling as Mrs. Erlynne, Michael Stuart as Lord Augustus, Cyndi Williams as the Duchess of Berwick, Ben Wolfe as Cecil Graham, Christopher Loveless as Mr. Dumby, Jessica Hughes as Lady Agatha, Craig Kanne as Parker, Chase Brewer as Mr. Hopper, and A. Skola Summers as Lady Plymdale. Costumes are by Buffy Manners, set design by Lara Toner, lighting design by Don Day, and sound design by Bryan Schneider. Austin Playhouse at Highland Mall Austin Playhouse is currently performing at Highland Mall. The mall's South entrance is the most convenient to Austin Playhouse. Take the escalator down to the lower level and turn right. Austin Playhouse Austin Playhouse is a professional theatre currently performing its 13th season. Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Don Toner and Associate Artistic Director Lara Toner, Austin Playhouse has grown from a three-play season on the campus of Concordia University, to a year-round operation producing an average of eight plays a year. Austin Playhouse is currently building its own two-performance venue space in the heart of the new Mueller Redevelopment Town Center, adjacent to the new Austin Children's Museum.
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A Minister's Wife in Broadway A MINISTER'S WIFE
Trinity Street Theatre
In this regional premiere of a new American musical, George Bernard Shaw's riveting drama, Candida, is given an innovative and emotive score by the award-winning composers of Adding Machine. The piece whisks us away to 1890's London to experience the love triangle between the charismatic Reverend James Morell, his strong-willed and beautiful wife Candida, and the idealistic young poet, Eugene Marchbanks, who aims to win Candida's love.
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Penfold Theatre Company
A MINISTER'S WIFE, a new musical based on George Bernard Shaw's ?Candida,? is set in London in the swirl of a love triangle among energetic, admired Socialist clergyman, Reverend James Morell, his strong-willed and beautiful wife, Candida, and an idealistic young poet, Eugene Marchbanks, who, infatuated with Candida, aims to win her love. The Wall Street Journal called it ?The most important new musical since ?The Light in the Piazza??.Based on the play CANDIDA by George Bernard Shaw; Music by Joshua Schmidt; Lyrics by Jan Levy Tranen; Book by Austin Pendelton
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Moon Over Buffalo in Broadway MOON OVER BUFFALO
The City Theatre
Ken Ludwig's madcap comedy MOON OVER BUFFALO comes to Austin March 21 - April 14 If comedies are your favorite choice of theatre, then Moon Over Buffalo is sure to please. The City Theatre Company is excited to continue its 2013 spring theatre season with Ken Ludwig's hilarious farce, March 21 - April 14 at The City Theatre. "It's like living in the asylum on the guard's day off." - Ethel, Moon Over Buffalo In the madcap comedy tradition of Lend me a Tenor, the cleverly written Moon Over Buffalo centers on George and Charlotte Hay, two Hollywood fading stars. At the moment, they are playing Private Lives and Cyrano De Bergerac in Buffalo with their dysfunctional family of actors. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George's dalliance with a young ingenue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if he likes what he sees, he might cast them in his next movie. Unfortunately for them, everything that could go wrong does, abetted by a visit from their daughter's clueless fiance, the wild antics of Charlotte's deaf old stage-manager mother who hates every bone in George's body and the hilarious uncertainty about which play they are actually performing. Add mistaken identities, show-within-a-show spoofs, half-dressed actors, near misses, slamming doors, some unrequited love and the comic possibilities arising from doing two plays at once, and you will see why Moon Over Buffalo will have you rolling in the aisles. "Moon is by far Broadway's funniest, most enjoyable play. Buy a ticket!" - Entertainment Weekly Critics, audiences and theatre-goers fall in love with Ludwig's comedies and Moon Over Buffalo was the show that brought a happy return of Carol Burnett back to Broadway. USA Today reported "Moon Over Buffalo packs more comic genius onto the stage than anything in recent memory," and The New York Times called Ludwig "one of those rare contemporary playwrights who thinks in terms of old-fashioned knockabout farce, and that's something to be cherished." The New York Post says "Moon Over Buffalo is hilarious! Ludwig stuffs his play with comic invention, running gags and neat sense of absurdity. An evening of farcical delight. Go and enjoy!" Veterans of the City Theatre stage headline the cast including Scot Friedman, Bobby DiPasquale, Gabriel Diehl and Samantha Brewer with newcomers Christina Little-Manley, Terah Zolman, Cindy Brown and Rick Smith. Andy Brown is making his CTC directing debut with Moon Over Buffalo. He previously starred in Of Mice and Men and has directed locally in Austin including productions at the Sam Bass Theatre. 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 MOON OVER BUFFALO March 21 - April 14. 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
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