ZACH Theatre Announces Exciting Addition And Schedule Changes To 2018-19 Season

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ZACH Theatre announces an exciting new season add-on and schedule change for the 2018-19 Season. Back by popular vote, Texas' brassy blue Governor Ann Richards will return to the stage next summer with the hit play, ANN running on The Topfer July 31-September 8, 2019 under the direction of original Broadway Director Benjamin Endsley Klein. With the summer stage appearance of the saucy Ann Richards, that loveable East Berlin gender bending rocker Hedwig will now kick off the new year moving Hedwig and the Angry Inch to January, running January 23-March 3, 2019 in The Topfer under the direction of Kevin Cahoon.

Original Broadway Director Benjamin Endsley Klein, currently Associate Director of the 2018 Tony Award-winning revival of Carousel, will return to ZACH to direct this inspiring and hilarious play, which will be re-staged in The Topfer. Casting to be announced at later date.

Tough as nails. Funny as hell. ANN brings Texas' brassy blue Governor Ann Richards back to vivid life. You won't want to miss this chance to experience the dry humor and brash charm of the legendary Texas heroine. Conceived and written by Holland Taylor, ANN brings you face to face with a complex, colorful, and captivating character bigger than the state from which she hailed. This Texas-sized story treats you to an up-close-and-personal visit with one of the most unforgettable personalities in politics.

ANN will now play Summer 2019 in the originally announced spot for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, July 31-September 8, 2019. Hedwig and the Angry Inch will now run January 23-March 3, 2019.

Speaking to Austin's live music roots, ZACH opens the season with the first Texas regional theatre production of the eight-time Tony Award-winning musical Once, based on the Academy Award winning film, running September 19-October 28, 2018. ZACH's Topfer lobby will transform into an Irish pub, creating an immersive experience from start to finish. With direction by Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley, Musical Direction by Allen Robertson, Scenic Design by Broadway designer Donald Eastman, music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, and book by Enda Walsh, audiences will fall for this unexpected romance that features a talented ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage.
Casting to be announced at later date.

A complete and updated listing of the ZACH 2018-19 Season is below.

Complete and Updated ZACH 2018-19 Season


September 19 - October 28, 2018, The Topfer

November 21 - December 30, 2018, The Topfer

December 5 - 30, 2018, The Whisenhunt


January 23 - March 3, 2019, The Topfer


February 27 - March 31, 2019, The Kleberg

April 3 - May 12, 2019, The Topfer


April 24 - May 26, 2019, The Kleberg

June 12 - July 14, 2019, The Topfer


July 31 - September 8, 2019, The Topfer


September 8, 2018 - January 27, 2019, The Kleberg

December 8, 2018, The Topfer


Sundays, February 17 - April 21, 2019, ZACH North


2018-19 Subscribers will be offered a pre-sale to add ANN to their package with single tickets going on sale to the general public in mid-September. The six-show 2018-19 Season subscription package, including Once, Notes from the Field, Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical, The Ballad of Klook and Vinette, Fire and Air, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, is currently on sale and starts at $246. The ZACH Pass (ten pack of tickets) is also available now at $650. Visit to get your subscription today. For more information, call 512-476-0541 x1 or go to ZACH's Box Office is located inside The Topfer, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. Free, short term and convenient parking available at the front entrance. Groups of 8 or more may request reservations by calling 512-476-0594 x.245 or by emailing

  • ACT ONE Young Professional pre-show parties occur the first Wednesday of the run for select Mainstage productions.
  • Pride Night pre-show parties occur the first Thursday for each subscription Mainstage production.
  • Sign Interpreted and Open Captioned Performances occur the second Wednesday of each Mainstage production.
  • Post-show Discussion Nights occur the second Wednesday of each Mainstage production.

Dates for Sensory Friendly performances have yet to be announced.

About ZACH Theatre

A non-profit organization, ZACH creates intimate theatre experiences that ignite the imagination, inspire the spirit, and engage the community. As Austin's leading professional producing theatre, ZACH employs more than 250 actors, musicians, and designers annually to create its own diverse array of nationally recognized plays and musicals under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley and Managing Director Elisbeth Challener. Each year, ZACH serves nearly 128,000 Central Texans - 55,000 of which are children and youth who participate in our education and outreach programs, as well as inspiring camps and classes. ZACH Theatre is honored to host private and community events across the beautiful rental-ready spaces on our three-stage campus located in the heart of Austin. Founded in 1932, ZACH is the longest continuously running theatre company in the state of Texas, and one of the ten oldest in the country. Visit for more information.

ZACH Theatre's 2018-19 Season is sponsored in part by The Moody Foundation, Baylor Scott & White Health, Dell, and Holiday Inn-Lady Bird Lake; and by grants from The Shubert Foundation, Junior League of Austin, The National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, the Cultural Arts Division of The City of Austin Economic Development Department, and Applied Materials.

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