Lacey Cannon Gonzales is a director, producer, and writer based out of Austin, Texas. Passionate about all aspects of theatre, she has successfully produced four seasons with Oh Dragon Theatre Company, the last two as Artistic Director. Lacey also writes screenplays for television and film and recently submitted scripts to the Austin Film Festival. In addition, she has worked as a licensed Aesthetician and makeup artist for the past 7 years. When not directly involved in a project, Lacey enjoys seeing and being inspired by the works of her peers.
Considered by many to be one of the top country artists of all time, Patsy Cline was a pioneer for women in country music and as a crossover artist. Her story is one of personal struggle and determination, overcoming obstacles from poverty to a devastating car accident; but none of that comes to mind when thinking of this country music legend. What does is her tough as nails resolve, smiling face, and emotionally charged voice that has sold millions of records and is one of the reasons most country artists count her as a major influence.BWW Review: GUYS AND DOLLS at Austin Playhouse is Lighthearted Fun. June 1, 2017
GUYS AND DOLLS is presented by Austin Playhouse as part of their 2016-2017 season. Directed by Don Toner and with musical direction by Susan Finnigan, this musical theatre gem tells the story of rolling the dice and taking a gamble on love. The musical, based on two short stories by Damon Runyon, originally premiered on Broadway in 1950 with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. It went on to win the Tony in 1950 for Best Musical and was later adapted into the 1955 film starring Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando.BWW Review: THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU: A FEVER DREAM STEEPED IN BLOOD is a Riveting Tour de Force April 13, 2017
THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU: A FEVER DREAM STEEPED IN BLOOD is presented by The Paladin Theatre Company. Written, directed, and performed by Charles P. Stites, this one-man play is an adaptation of the H.G. Wells science fiction classic. The play first premiered at Frontera Fest in 2014 and later moved on to San Francisco's Emerald Tablet, where it went on to win Best Solo Performance from the San Francisco Bay Area Critics Table Awards.Review: GONDAL - New Play Misses The Mark, But Shows Promise March 9, 2017
GONDAL is presented by the University of Texas at Austin's Theatre and Dance department, as part of UT New Theatre showcase. Now in its tenth year, UTNT presents newly created works of theatre from UT graduate playwrights. Created to facilitate these emerging artists, UTNT serves as the jumping off point for their original and imaginative creations. In the words of curators, Steven Dietz and Liz Engelman, these plays, "seek to delight and disrupt you; to turn the familiar inquiry of the name "play" on its head.BWW Review: Theatre En Bloc's NEVA is Must-See Theatre February 23, 2017
NEVA is the latest offering from Austin's Theatre En Bloc. Written by Chilean playwright, Guillermo Calderon, this politically charged play is a brutally honest and timely look at the precarious relationship between art, politics, and social justice. Set in Russia at the dawn of the revolution, this explosive production raises more questions than it answers with ferocity and biting humor.BWW Review: THE SECRET GARDEN enchants at The EmilyAnn Theatre February 9, 2017
Nestled away in the hills of Wimberely, the EmilyAnn Theatre isits own kind of secret garden. Standing as a lasting tribute to the memory of Emily Ann Rolling, this landmark of the community has been fulfilling its mission of 'Reinvesting in the human spirit through the performing arts' since 1998. An idea born out of tragedy, the EmilyAnn Theatre has flourished and become a place of acceptance and arts education. Theatrical productions, workshops, and classes give local aspiring actors the opportunity to nurture their artistic needs.BWW Review: CRIMES OF THE HEART Enjoyably Revisits Beth Henley's 1981 Classic January 25, 2017
CRIMES OF THE HEART, produced by City Theatre, is the Pulitzer prize-winning comedy by Beth Henley. Originally premiering in 1979, the show ran on Broadway in 1981 and garnered a New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best American Play. In 1986, a film adaptation starring Jessica Lange, Diane Keaton, and Sissy Spacek was released. The film received three Academy Award nominations, including Best Adapted Screenplay. In recent history, the play was revived and presented at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2007, directed by Kathleen Turner. The revival also enjoyed a brief off-Broadway run in 2008 with Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, and Jennifer Dundas in the starring roles.BWW Review: CONSTELLATIONS is an Exhilarating Gift For the Mind and Senses December 13, 2016
CONSTELLATIONS is a British drama by playwright, Nick Payne and is presented in Austin by Street Corner Arts. Originally premiering in 2012, the play is an exploration of love, fate, and quantum physics. After mesmerizing audiences and receiving rave reviews from London critics, it went on to win the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play. In 2015 CONSTELLATIONS transferred to Broadway, with Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson in the starring roles, and played 76 performances.BWW Review: Teatro Vivo's NUESTRA PASTORELA is a Heartwarming Holiday Comedy For All Ages December 6, 2016
NUESTRA PASTORELA is written by David Lozano and Jeffry Farrell and is presented in Austin by Teatro Vivo. This is an adaptation of a Mexican Pastorela; a traditional retelling of the Nativity told from the shepherds' perspective. Traditionally, the shepherds must defy the temptations of the seven deadly sins set posed by the devil follow the star to Bethlehem. This story sets the tone for the holiday season with the important message that good will always triumph over evil. In this comedic variation, the traditional Pastorela receives a humorous makeover and the three shepherds at the center of the story are portrayed as clowns.BWW Review: GOODBYE, CHARLIE Charms Audiences at Way Off Broadway Community Players November 18, 2016
Just a short drive from Austin, the Way Off Broadway Community Players have been bringing theatrical productions to the Cedar Park and Leander communities since 1997. Now in their 20th season, WOBCP prides themselves on being a place where theater lovers, both young and old and with varying experience, can have a creative home. Entering the Way Off Broadway Theater in Leander, the variety of patrons ranging from senior citizens to high school students confirms that this is truly an organization for the community.BWW Review: WRAITH RADIO is a Visceral, Intimate Sharing of Last Moments November 17, 2016
WRAITH RADIO is the latest offering from Bottle Alley Theatre Company. An original script by writer and Bottle Alley artistic director, Chris Fontanes, WRAITH RADIO was immediately intriguing due to its premise. Two wounded soldiers barricaded in a small, windowless room face certain demise or perhaps are already dead. They broadcast their final moments hoping in vain to reach their fellow comrades. Time isn't linear in this reality and the women cannot be sure if what they're seeing is in fact happening. Is it their minds playing tricks on them or have the ghosts of their pasts come to haunt them in their final hours? Intricacies of the plot make further explanation impossible without giving away this play's secrets.BWW Review: YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN is a Family Friendly Production For All Ages November 16, 2016
YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN first appeared off-Broadway in 1967. Since that time, productions, including the award-winning 1999 Broadway revival, have delighted theatre lovers with a peak into the mishaps and adventures of these beloved characters. The production features the classic music and lyrics by Clark Gesner, with additional songs added by Andrew Lippa, and timeless witty comedy relatable to audiences both young and old.BWW Review: MOUTHFUL Explores the Growing Crisis of Food Cultivation and Consumption November 14, 2016
MOUTHFUL is the latest production from St. Edwards University's Mary Moody Northen Theatre. Commissioned and produced last year by Metta Theatre in London, this series of six short plays aims to explore the global food crisis that affects billions of people all over the world. The combined effort of six acclaimed playwrights, each working in collaboration with a world-renowned scientist, MOUTHFUL delves into various views on sustenance and survival that both comments and warns about our culture's tendency to err on the side of extravagance. BWW Review: WITH GREAT DIFFICULTY ALICE SITS is a Stark Look at Societal Pressures on Women in an Ever-Changing World October 31, 2016
WITH GREAT DIFFICULTY ALICE SITS is a new, original piece by playwright, Rude Mech company member, and Salvage Vanguard collaborator, Hannah Keenah. This world premiere, produced by Salvage Vanguard Theatre, shows at the Off Center in East Austin. Directed by Salvage Vanguard's artistic director, Jenny Larson, the play follows expectant parents Alice and Heath as they anxiously await the birth of their daughter.BWW Review: CHARLOTTE'S WEB Brings Down-Home Charm To a Classic Story October 25, 2016
CHARLOTTE'S WEB is the stage adaptation of E.B. White's classic story. Adapted by Joseph Robinette, it was originally published as a play in 1983 and enjoyed Broadway run in 1989 after the addition of musical numbers by Charles Strouse. Zach Theatre's production directed by Nat Miller goes back to Robinette's original script, minus the broadwaynumbers,and infuses it with its own down-home charm.