Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 9/20/2018

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ATLANTIS: A PUPPET OPERA
The VORTEX
9/1-9/29/2018
Black Box Stage:Chad Salvata; music: Chad Salvata; dir: Bonnie Cullum.
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Starmites in Broadway STARMITES
MacTheatre
9/20-9/30/2018
“Need an escape? Try Starmites...No two ways about it, Starmites is out of this world. The heroine Eleanor is a modern-day Dorothy who dreams of being a super-hero and wakes up to find herself not over the rainbow but up above the stars in a phantasmagorical galaxy." - The Boston Globe “...an unassuming futuristic rock musical, with sweet lessons about the awkwardness of growing up...It contains enough spoofs of the sci-fi genre to keep adults amused, and enough high-spirited music and action for all...The production...brims with charm and wit..." - New York Newsday ABOUT THE SHOW With a book by Stuart Ross and Barry Keating and music and lyrics by Barry Keating, Starmites brings to life the comic-book, sci-fi world of the eighties. With youthful characters, colorful dance numbers, and a pop-infused score with a dash of punk rock, this peppy piece of musical theatre will enchant audiences of all ages with its message of celestial harmony. Meet Eleanor, an introverted teenager, as she finds herself magically teleported to the comic-book world she adores. Starmites is a playful and heartwarming adventure about the struggle of discovering who you are set to the tune of a Steven Spielberg blockbuster world.
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Born Yesterday in Broadway BORN YESTERDAY
Wimberley Players
9/7-9/30/2018
From: Wimberley Players Info: Teresa Kendrick teresakendrick3@gmail.com 512 739-6118 Publication requested week of August 27-31 Wimberley Players present Born Yesterday Garson Kanin’s Born Yesterday opens on the Wimberley Players stage Sept. 7 and runs through Sept. 30. Meet Billie Dawn, a beautiful but artless ex-showgirl. For nine years she’s been junkman Harry Brock’s arm candy and mistress. She and Harry have just arrived in Washington, D.C. so that Harry can “buy” a congressman. It’s 1946, WWII is over, and Harry has made a fortune in scrap metal. But he wants the world’s leftover war debris and getting Senator Norval Hedges help him do it has brought them to the seat of democracy. In Harry’s pocket is bitter, corrupt lawyer Ed Devery, who greases the wheels for all of Harry’s dealings, and Eddie, his brother and personal servant. Unfortunately, Billie’s ignorance and lack of social grace is too much for D.C. society so Harry hires a tutor. Sent to interview Harry, Paul Verrall writes for The New Republic. An upright, thoughtful intellectual, he teaches Billie how to learn and challenges her to think in ways she’s never known. In the process of learning, Billie transcends her apathy and realizes the degree to which Harry is corrupt. She also discovers her own scruples and how using them can derail Harry’s plans. An acclaimed 1950 film of the same name starring Judy Holliday, William Holden, and Broderick Crawford, was nominated for five academy awards. Holliday won the Academy Award as well as two Golden Globe Awards for her portrayal of Billie. In 2012, the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. The role of Billie Dawn is played by Elisabeth Anne Steigelman, recently seen in WP productions of Wait Until Dark and The Thirty-Nine Steps; Harry Brock is played by Greg Hinojosa; Paul Verrall is played by Shawn Hardee; Ed Devry is played by George Kendall; Senator Hedges is played by Michael Nash; Mrs. Hedges is played by Melinda Ellisor; Eddie is played by Craig Higdon; the Assistant Manager is played by Dave Giminiani; Helen by Deborah Wilson; Manicurist and Bellhop by Kyra Headley; and Bootblack, Waiter and Bellhop by Karl Morton. Directed by Tracy Arnold. Executive Producer is Adam Witko. Producer is Karen Rudy. Born Yesterday is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York. Sept. 7 – Sept. 30, 2018 Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Reserved Seating $22; Students $18 with ID. (Ticket prices include all fees.) Tickets are available online at www.wimberleyplayers.org or by calling 512-847-0575. The Wimberley Playhouse is located on 450 Old Kyle Road, Wimberley, Texas, (78676). Photo Caption #1: Billie and her Detractors. Seated: Billie Dawn played by Elizabeth Anne Steigelman; Standing Ed Devry played by George Kendall, Eddie played by Craig Higdon. Photo by Mary Rath. Photo Caption #2: Billie Meets Washington, D.C. Society. Seated: L to R: Mrs. Hedges played by Melinda Ellisor and Senator Hedges played by Michael Nash; Standing: L to R: Eddie played by Craig Higdon and Billie played by Elizabeth Anne Steigelman. Photo by Mary Rath.
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Monroe  in Broadway MONROE
Austin Playhouse
9/7-9/30/2018
Austin Playhouse is thrilled to open its 2018 – 2019 season with the world premiere of Monroe by local playwright Dr. Lisa B. Thompson. The play was a winner of the Austin Playhouse Festival of New Texas Plays, receiving a staged reading in April 2018. Following the lynching death of her older brother, Cherry is haunted by the belief that God is telling her to leave the south. Although her family dismisses her eccentric ways, her friend Clyde takes her visions and dreams seriously. When Clyde invites her to go along with him to California, Cherry must decide whether being the keeper of her family’s roots and cultural traditions justifies living under Jim Crow. Set in rural Louisiana during the Great Migration, Monroe explores how the threat and aftermath of racial terror dominates the psyches of young African Americans, while offering hope for a better future. Dr. Lisa B. Thompson is a theatre artist and scholar whose critically acclaimed plays exploring issues of race, class, sexuality and gender have been produced across the United States and Canada. Recently in Austin, her play Underground received its world premiere at The VORTEX and won the 2017 Austin Critics’ Table David Mark Cohen New Play Award. Thompson’s other plays include The Mamalogues, Dinner, Single Black Female (nominee for the 2005 LA Weekly Theatre Award for best comedy), and Dreadtime Stories: One Sista’s Hair (Inner City Cultural Center Talent Festival Finalist). She is Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies and affiliate faculty in the departments of English, Women and Gender Studies and Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas at Austin. This year, Thompson was honored with a Texas 10 Award, given annually to UT’s most inspiring professors by the Alcalde magazine. Monroe will be directed by Lara Toner Haddock and star Deja Morgan as Cherry Henry with Crystal Bird Caviel as Viola Henry and Kriston Woodreaux as Clyde James. The cast also includes Austin Playhouse Company Members Huck Huckaby as Dr. Wyland, Carla Nickerson as Ma Henry, and Marc Pouhé as Seymour Jones. The production team includes Barry Miller (stage manager), Diana Huckaby (costume designer), and Mike Toner (set designer). AUSTIN PLAYHOUSE Austin Playhouse is a professional theatre embarking on its 19th season. Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Don Toner and Artistic Director Lara Toner Haddock, Austin Playhouse has grown from a three-play season on the campus of Concordia University, to a year-round operation producing an average of five mainstage plays a year along with two theatre for youth productions and a new play festival. Austin Playhouse is currently performing at the Austin Community College Highland campus.
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Million Dollar Quartet in Broadway MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
Georgetown Palace Theatre
8/31-9/30/2018
Springer Mainstage Tickets on sale July 6, 2018 Auditions June 16-18 ? AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 30 Million Dollar Quartet Book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux Original Concept and Direction by Floyd Mutrux ? Inspired by the recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. This thrilling musical brings you inside the recording studio with four major talents who came together as a red-hot rock ‘n’ roll band for one unforgettable night. Don’t miss your chance to be a fly on the wall of fame. ? *Standard and Premium Flex Passes can be used for this Show. Adult-$32 Seniors (55+) / Military / Students-$29 Children (13 & younger) $15 *$1 ticketing fee will be added per ticket at checkout. **Student Rush Tickets $18 at the door with student ID. ? For Special Needs Seating (Wheelchairs, Walkers, No Stairs, etc.), you must call the Box Office for reservations at (512) 869-7469.
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The Who's Tommy in Broadway THE WHO'S TOMMY
The City Theatre
9/7-9/30/2018
A boy's journey from pain to triumph is a sensory-defying rock and roll experience. Based on the iconic 1969 rock concept album, The Who's Tommy is an exhilarating story of hope, healing, and the human spirit. After witnessing the accidental murder of his mother's lover by his father, Tommy is traumatized into catatonia and, as the boy grows, he suffers abuse at the hands of his sadistic relatives and neighbors. As an adolescent, he's discovered to have an uncanny knack for playing pinball and, when his mother finally breaks through his catatonia, he becomes an international pinball superstar. The story of the pinball-playing, deaf, dumb, and blind boy who triumphs over his adversities has inspired and amazed audiences for more than 40 years. Translated to the stage by Des McAnuff, this five-time Tony Award-winning musical is a high-energy, one-of-a-kind theatrical event and features an exhilarating score that has made it a smash-hit around the world. September 7 - 30. Thursday - Saturday 8:00 pm. Sunday 3:00 pm.
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SIGNIFICANT OTHER in Broadway SIGNIFICANT OTHER
Jarrott Productions at Trinity Street Playhouse
9/6-9/30/2018
SIGNIFICANT OTHER follows four friends in their late 20’s and their search for relationships in present day New York City. For Jordan and his three gal-pals, finding Mr. Right is much easier said than done! Critics proclaim this comedy “makes you slap your knees until you notice they’re bruised,” and call it “a tenderly unromantic romantic comedy, as richly funny as it is ultimately heart-stirring.” The cast includes Will Douglas, Susan Myburgh, Kelsey Mazak, Natalie Garcia, Tanner Smith, Sam Howard, and Janelle Buchanan. SIGNIFICANT OTHER is directed by David R. Jarrott, with scene design by Michael Krauss, lighting design by Mercedes McCleary, costume design by Colleen PowerGriffin, and sound design by Craig Brock. The Production Manager is Lisa Goering; Production Stage Manager: Jennifer Anderson; Assistant Director/Dramaturg: Zoe Riemer; and Technical Director Chaz Sanders.
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DISNEY'S WINNIE THE POOH KIDS
PLAZA THEATER COMPANY
9/1-10/6/2018

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Silent Sky in Broadway SILENT SKY
Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones Theater
9/28-10/14/2018
Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson Commissioned and first produced by South Coast Repertory with support from the Elizabeth George Foundation. What do you do when you are the most brilliant person in the room and are seen but not heard? As Henrietta works as a “computer” all day long she longs to be recognized and is challenged to bring her theory of Cepheid Variables to light. How do you balance your passion for astronomy while being pulled by your family, science, faith, and romance? Experience the incredible true story of Henrietta Leavitt, the American astronomer who paved the way for modern astronomy's mapping of the universe. All performances are open to the public, and the community is invited to attend. Ticket discounts are available for students, as well as patrons under the age of 16 or over the age of 63. Note: Weather permitting, the Williamson County Astronomy Club will be on hand for telescope viewing just outside the theater for all Friday and Saturday performances; and at 2:00 p.m. before Sunday performances, Physics professor and Fountainwood Observatory Director Dr. Mark Bottorff will present a lecture titled “A Heartbeat in the Heavens: Henrietta Leavitt's Grand Discovery."
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Once in Broadway ONCE
ZACH Theatre
9/19-10/28/2018
Based on the 2007 Academy Award®-winning film, Once is an enchanting, modern love story about the complexities of relationships and the power of music to connect us all. Once tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music.  Their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs they create together.  Winner of 8 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, this unique theatrical experience, with breathtaking melodies by Glen Hansard of the Irish band The Frames, will have you falling in love from the very first note.
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