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Poor Herman in Broadway POOR HERMAN
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paper chairs invites you to Poor Herman, a new play written by paper chairs’ co-founder and Austin playwright Elizabeth Doss. Join us at the Off Center May 12-28, 2016 as Doss, Herman Melville’s great-great-great granddaughter, uses the author as a subject to speculate on the line between utter genius and epic failure in us all. Poor Herman unearths the life of Herman Melville, who arguably wrote America’s best and worst novels back to back in the 1850 and 1851. The production considers what compelled Melville, struggling to salvage his declining reputation while trying to feed a growing family, to write a virtually unreadable book, Pierre or the Ambiguities, in the aftermath of Moby Dick’s initial failure with critics and readers. What is known about Melville in those years depicts a man suffering from mania and the curse of outrageous ambition. While hindsight now celebrates his achievements, paper chairs will investigate what it cost him to make history. The play gives voice to the unsung people in his life, chiefly his mother, wife, sisters, and daughters who each contributed to his fame and flourishing, and endured his decline and demise. The ensemble features five women, who play every character in Melville’s life including Melville himself and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Additionally, composer Henna Chou will perform a live original score. By rendering this American icon through the female form, we see the overtly masculine Melville in a whole new light. Written by a direct descendant of Melville 125 years after his death, Poor Herman invites a dialogue between America’s past and present. What connects one generation to the next? What lingers in the bloodline? What’s bred in the bone? paper chairs generates this new work from the ground up, exploring Melville’s legacy through the singular possibilities of live performance. Melville himself loathed “well-made” works of literature, so paper chairs will embrace a Melvillian aesthetic by wildly interpreting “the facts” and adapting his “worst” book for the stage. Poor Herman Written by: Elizabeth Doss Co-directors: Elizabeth Doss and Lisa Laratta Dramaturg: Diana Lynn Small Performers: Courtney Hopkin, Alexis Scott, Diana Lynn Small, Megan Tabaque, and Rama Tchuente Composer: Henna Chou Costume Design: E.L. Hone Lighting Design: Kate Ducey Set Design: Lisa Laratta Stage Manager: Courtney Cales Co-Producers: Elizabeth Doss, Lisa Laratta, and Spring Karlo
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The Wizard of Oz in Broadway THE WIZARD OF OZ
The Long Center, Dell Hall
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting adaptation of the all time classic, totally reconceived for the stage by the award-winning creative team that delighted audiences of all ages with their recent London Palladium revival of The Sound of Music. Developed from the ever popular MGM screenplay this new production contains all the much-loved songs from the Oscar winning movie score, all the favourite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their heart’s desires. Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys as you rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for all the family.
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Clybourne Park in Broadway CLYBOURNE PARK
The Long Center of the Performing Arts, Rollins Studio Theater
A spin-off of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, this razor-sharp new satire takes a jab at race and real estate in a fictional Chicago neighborhood. The play begins in 1959 as a black family moves into a white enclave. Act Two takes us back to the same house in 2009 as gentrification sets in and the roles are reversed. One agile ensemble of actors plays two sets of characters in this highly celebrated winner of the Tony Award, Olivier Award and Pulitzer Prize for best new play.
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Death and the Maiden in Broadway DEATH AND THE MAIDEN
Sam Bass Theatre
Cathie Sheridan, Robert Stevens and Frank Benge star in Ariel Dorfman's "Death and the Maiden", directed by Veronica Prior. This taut, psychological thriller begins in an unnamed South American country. When Paulina's husband returns with Dr. Miranda, a stranger who picked him up after his own car broke down. Something in the stranger's voice chills Paulina. Paulina take Dr. Miranda hostage and then describes a terrible incident from her past in which she was captured, blindfolded and repeatedly savaged by a sadistic doctor. The vengeful Paulina is convinced that Miranda is that doctor and wants a full confession from him. Thus begins a torturous, darkly erotic excursion as Miranda and Paulina verbally spar their way toward the truth.
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Heather Barfield; dir: Heather Barfield.
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Pageant The Musical in Broadway PAGEANT THE MUSICAL
The City Theatre Company
Six Men, One Crown, Endless Night of Fun! This Austin musical favorite is a side-splitting roller coaster ride through the wildest beauty pageant you will ever see as six contestants compete for the glittering tiara and the title of Miss Glamouresse. With swimsuit, talent, and evening gown competitions – the show includes both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat for Miss Deep South, Miss West Coast, Miss Great Plains, Miss Bible Belt, Miss Industrial Northeast and Miss Texas. And, of course, unlike beauty pageants you've seen before, the female contestants are all played by MEN. AND THE WINNER IS? It’s up to you! The audience gets to select who gets the crown each night. It’s a night of sashes and sashays, queens and comedy, that you won’t soon forget. Let the beauty begin! 2015 Drama Desk Award Nominee for Best Musical Revival. "Screamingly funny!" - New York Times. May 27 – June 19. Thursday - Saturday 8:00 pm. Sunday 3:00 pm.
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