Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 4/02/2017

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Lisa B. Thompson; dir: Rudy Ramirez.Black Box Stage:
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Henry Threadgill In Austin in Broadway HENRY THREADGILL IN AUSTIN
Scottish Rite Theatre
Liminal Sound Series and Epistrophy Arts present: Henry Threadgill with Zooid in Austin, TX April 7th: workshop at UT Campus: MRH (Music Recital Hall) The Henry Threadgill Master Class will be a Q&A session. It is an open form session that can go where ever the questions lead. April 8th: Concert at The Scottish Rite Hall 207 West 18th Street Austin Texas 78701 Personnel: Henry Threadgill: alto saxophone, flute, bass flute; Jose Davila: trombone, tuba; Liberty Ellman: guitar; Christopher Hoffman: violincello; Elliot Humberto Kavee: drums, percussion. About Henry Threadgill For over forty years, Henry Threadgill has been celebrated as one of the most forward-thinking composers and multi-instrumentalists in American music. The New York Times has called him “perhaps the most important jazz composer of his generation.” Born in 1944 in Chicago, Threadgill was an early member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). The jazz avant-garde has produced dozens of notable improvisers (not surprisingly, since improvisation is arguably the music’s defining element) but relatively few great composers. Henry Threadgill is a member of that exclusive club. With his fellow Chicagoans Anthony Braxton and Muhal Richard Abrams, he’s one of the most original jazz composers of his generation. Threadgill’s art transcends stylistic boundaries. He embraces the world of music in its entirety, from ragtime to circus marches to classical to bop, free jazz, and beyond. Such might sound merely eclectic in the telling, but in truth, Threadgil always sounds like Threadgill. In for a Penny, In for a Pound by Henry Threadgill was named the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for “distinguished musical composition by an American.” In awarding the prize, the Pulitzer committee call the release “a highly original work in which notated music and improvisation mesh in a sonic tapestry that seems the very expression of modern American life.” We could not be more ecstatic for Henry and are honored to have been able to help document his work these last 15 years.
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Mrs. Mannerly in Broadway MRS. MANNERLY
Different Stages Theatre at Santa Cruz Center for Culture
Different Stages continues its 2016 - 2017 season with Jeffrey Hatcher’s Mrs. Mannerly. It is 1967… the Summer of Love. But for five children on the second floor of the YMCA in Steubenville, Ohio it is the Summer of Etiquette as taught by formidable Helen Anderson Kirk, better known as “Mrs. Mannerly.” Jeffrey, now a middle-aged man, takes us back through time to when he was nine years old and determined to be the first pupil in history to score a perfect mark in Mrs. Mannerly’s class. Santa Cruz Center for Culture 1805 East 7th Street Thursdays - Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3:00 p.m.
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ZACH Theatre
book: Mo Willems; lyrics: Mo Willems; music: Deborah Wicks La Puma; dir: Nat Miller.Kleberg Stage:
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Sense and Sensibility in Broadway SENSE AND SENSIBILITY
Austin Playhouse
Austin Playhouse is delighted to present Kate Hamill’s fresh, playful, and hilarious new adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel, Sense and Sensibility, running March 31 – April 30, 2017. When sudden financial straits force the Dashwood family to move to a distant cottage, sisters Elinor and Marianne dive into a whirlwind of dashing suitors, devious rivals, scandalous secrets and shocking betrayals. Set in the gossipy and unforgiving world of 18th century England, Sense and Sensibility examines our reactions, both reasonable and ridiculous, to societal pressures. When reputation is everything, how do you follow your heart? “As a life-long Jane Austen fan, I'm always interested in theatrical adaptations of Austen's work, and Hamill's adaptation is one of the best I've ever read, “says Artistic Director Lara Toner, “It captures the humor, wit, and keen observations of humanity that make Austen such an enduring presence, and wraps it all up in a fast-paced, super-theatrical, really fun piece of theatre.” Sense and Sensibility stars Austin Playhouse company members Marie Fahlgren as Marianne Dashwood, Huck Huckaby as Colonel Brandon, Jess Hughes as Elinor Dashwood, Sam Knowlton as John Dashwood and Sir John Middleton, Stephen Mercantel as John Willoughby and Lady Middleton, Bernadette Nason as Mrs. Jennings, Cyndi Williams as Mrs. Dashwood, and Lara Wright as Fanny Dashwood and Anne Steele. Joey Banks will play Edward and Robert Ferrars, and Katie Kohler will make her Austin Playhouse debut as Margaret Dashwood and Lucy Steele. The play is directed by Lara Toner Haddock with set design by Mike Toner, costume design by Buffy Manners, lighting design by Don Day, and sound design by Joel Mercado-See.
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Jarrott Productions at Trinity Street Theatre
Jarrott Productions, winner of the 2016 Central Texas Excellence in Theatre Award for “Best Production of a Play,” is pleased to announce that the Texas premiere of Rory Kinnear’s THE HERD will play April 6th through April 30th at Trinity Street Theatre at 901 Trinity Street in downtown Austin. Performances are 7:30pm Thursdays through Saturdays and 2:30pm on Sundays, with an Industry Night at 7:30pm on Monday, April 10th, and a special 2pm matinee on Saturday, April 29th (no performance that evening). Tickets are now available at The cast for THE HERD includes Jan Phillips, Amber Quick, Janelle Buchanan, Michael Miller, Steve Williams and David R. Jarrott, and is directed by Robert Tolaro. THE HERD takes place on Andy’s 21st birthday. A small party is planned but two unexpected guests arrive—mom’s ex-husband and sister’s new boyfriend. What could possibly go wrong?
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Tartuffe in Broadway TARTUFFE
The City Theatre
Hypocrisy, greed, seduction, betrayal in the best of Moliere’s most famous farce. Under the religious cloak of piety, the lecherous, menacing, arch-hypocrite title character schemes to marry his benefactor’s daughter, seduce his wife, then defraud him of all he possesses. Does the scoundrel succeed? Find out in City Theatre’s 42% irreverent adaptation of one of the world’s greatest comedies. April 7 - 30. Thursday - Saturday 8:00 pm. Sunday 3:00 pm.
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