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The City Of Austin, In Coordination With Austin Shakespeare, Presents THE MERCHANT OF VENICEThe City Of Austin, In Coordination With Austin Shakespeare, Presents THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2019

Austin Shakespeare will bring the romance, comedy and dramatic clashes of The Merchant of Venice to the Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater in May. (more...)

BWW Review: Tom Stoppard's INDIAN INK Shares the Humanity Behind British Imperialism at The Rollins Theatre in Austin, Tx.BWW Review: Tom Stoppard's INDIAN INK Shares the Humanity Behind British Imperialism at The Rollins Theatre in Austin, Tx.
by Amy Tarver - Feb 22, 2019

Tom Stoppard is regarded as one of the greatest living playwrights of our day. His time spent in India in the 1940's as a boy, no doubt influenced the author's point of view in writing INDIAN INK. By modern terms, Stoppard's writing would be described as a slow burn, with a style gradually revealing plot and character as the play progresses. In INDIAN INK, the scenes travel long distances in both space and time, to reveal the heart of Flora Crewe played by Jill Blackwood. Examining the imperial British rule in early 20th century India - the clash of cultures between India and the British, display both the casualties and inspiration of such a combination. At the heart of our story Flora leaves England for a warmer climate amid advice from her doctor for her failing health. The story jumps back and forth between Flora navigating India in the early 1900's to more modern times detailing a biographer and her sister investigating the aftermath of her fascinating life. The story gently exposes itself as a subtle tale of love in many capacities. Love between sisters, scholarly love and the forbidden budding relationship between Flora and her portrait artist Nirad Das (played by Tamil Periasamy). As described of Flora throughout the show, her many affairs were fleeting, which made the building of her love for Nirad sweet, leaving the audience wanting more. (more...)

Austin Shakespeare Presents Songs From KISS ME, KATEAustin Shakespeare Presents Songs From KISS ME, KATE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2019

Songs from Cole Porter's delightful musical Kiss Me, Kate, performed by some of Austin's best singers on Jan. 13, will benefit Austin Shakespeare. Jill Blackwood, Leslie Bonnell, Sharron Bower Anderson and Jacqui Cross will sing with Brian Coughlin, Colum Morgan, Kyle Stephens and Scott Shipman at the Parker Jazz Club on W 4th St. just off Congress. The evening will also feature Tapestry Artistic Director Acia Gray tap-dancing to "Too Darn Hot." Austin Chronicle Arts Editor Robert Faires will be master of ceremonies for the evening. (more...)

Austin Shakespeare Selected As Grantee Recipient Of Bloomberg Philanthropies ProgramAustin Shakespeare Selected As Grantee Recipient Of Bloomberg Philanthropies Program
by BWW News Desk - Aug 30, 2018

]Austin Shakespeare today announced that it is a grantee recipient of Bloomberg Philanthropies' Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program. The invitation-only program seeks to strengthen the organizational capacity and programming of small and mid-size cultural organizations within Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. Through the $43 million multi-year initiative, Bloomberg Philanthropies will provide unrestricted general operating support as well as arts management training in areas that include fundraising, strategic planning, marketing and board development. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 6/20/2018Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 6/20/2018
by BWW - Jun 20, 2018

Upcoming Shows - Week of 6/20/2018 for Austin (more...)

Austin Shakespeare Opens THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR At Zilker ParkAustin Shakespeare Opens THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR At Zilker Park
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2018

Austin Shakespeare will transform the Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater into the world of a classic '50s sitcom for their Free Shakespeare in the Park production of The Merry Wives of Windsor. Produced in collaboration with the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department for the 34th year, Shakespeare's famous comedy will be performed under the stars from May 3 - May 27 on Thursdays - Sundays at 8 pm, with a preview performance on Wednesday, May 2. Co-directed by artistic director Ann Ciccolella and Gwendolyn Kelso, this year's play will be a nostalgic tribute to shows like "I Love Lucy." (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 3/20/2018Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 3/20/2018
by BWW - Mar 20, 2018

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/20/2018 for Austin (more...)

BWW Review: Austin Shakespeare Presents a Wonderful Adaption of Anton Chekhov's THE SEAGULL  in Austin, TXBWW Review: Austin Shakespeare Presents a Wonderful Adaption of Anton Chekhov's THE SEAGULL in Austin, TX
by Amy Bradley - Feb 23, 2018

Austin Shakespeare known predominantly for their love of the renaissance, jumps to the turn of the century Russian dramatist, Anton Chekhov, for his beloved play THE SEAGULL. Set aside a lake, our cast of characters desperately seek happiness despite the tragedy that befalls them during the play. Beginning with a play within a play, Konstantin (played by Andrew Matthews) is pining over his latest production and his love of the Russian countryside girl next store, Nina (play by Corinna Browning). Plagued by uncertainty, Konstantin debuts his original work to his family and house workers to receive mixed reviews from the onlookers and nasty commentary from his actress mother, Irina (played by Tyler Layton). Presenting all the relationships at once in the lakeside audience of Konstantin's play, all members seem to have mixed intentions with each other, with a majority of the characters loving the wrong person. Nina, the Russian countryside girl next door, ends up falling in love with a famous novelist Trigorin (played by Matt Radford Davies) attached to Irina, Konstantin's mother. Within the premise of love and ego, Austin Shakespeare brilliantly found Chekhov's comedy within character relationship and premise. The tragedy that unravels offstage to our cast of characters is equally as heart-breaking when reflecting on the hope our characters began with. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 2/20/2018Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 2/20/2018
by BWW - Feb 20, 2018

Upcoming Shows - Week of 2/20/2018 for Austin (more...)

Photo Flash: Austin Shakespeare Stages THE SEAGULLPhoto Flash: Austin Shakespeare Stages THE SEAGULL
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2018

Austin Shakespeare brings Chekhov's revolutionary play, The Seagull, to the Rollins Studio Theatre at the Long Center from February 7 - 25, 2018. This is the first time the legendary Russian playwright's work will be performed by the professional (Actors' Equity) company. (more...)

BWW Review: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING - Austin Shakespeare's Romantic ComedyBWW Review: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING - Austin Shakespeare's Romantic Comedy
by Lynn Beaver - Dec 1, 2017

Austin Shakespeare has long ruled the 'Bard scene' in Shakespearean production here in central Texas. Oh, sure, others produce a play or two, but Austin Shakes has been the top of the heap for decades. Their productions have always been filled with the best Austin has to offer and have delighted audiences time and time again. More recently there are some serious contenders for the throne, Something for Nothing, Present Company and The Hidden Room produce stellar Shakespearean fare with their own unique spin. I for one am excited to watch the healthy competition between these various companies because I know who the winner will be...us, the viewing public and what could be better than that? (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 11/20/2017Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 11/20/2017
by BWW - Nov 20, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 11/20/2017 for Austin (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 9/20/2017Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 9/20/2017
by BWW - Sep 20, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 9/20/2017 for Austin (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Young Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT, Opening Tonight!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2017

For its 9th season, Young Shakespeare, Austin Shakespeare's teen company, will transform Richard Garriott de Cayeux's outdoor Curtain Theater (7400 Coldwater Canyon Drive) into the Forest of Arden for a production of the romantic comedy As You Like It. Featuring auditioned actors performing Shakespeare's beautiful poetry, As You Like It will run Thursdays through Sundays at 8 pm, tonight, June 15, through June 25, 2017. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW Review: OLD TIMES - Austin Shakespeare Presents Flawless Pinter
by Lynn Beaver - Mar 1, 2017

OLD TIMES is an enigmatic play by Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter that centers on a trio of characters and produced flawlessly by Austin Shakespeare at Austin's Long Center. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 2/26/2017
by BWW - Feb 26, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 2/26/2017 for Austin (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Austin Shakespeare's OLD TIMES, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

Austin Shakespeare seats the audience in the round for Harold Pinter's Old Times at The Rollins Studio Theatre at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. This sensual, poetic and deeply unnerving drama is the 33-year-old company's first Pinter production. Performances will run at 8pm on Thursday - Saturday and 3pm on Sunday, tonight, February 16, through March 5, 2017. Scroll down for a first look at the cast in action! (more...)

Austin Shakespeare to Stage Harold Pinter's OLD TIMES in the Round
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

Austin Shakespeare seats the audience in the round for Harold Pinter's Old Times at The Rollins Studio Theatre at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Austin Shakespeare to Stage Harold Pinter's OLD TIMES in the Round
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

Austin Shakespeare seats the audience in the round for Harold Pinter's Old Times at The Rollins Studio Theatre at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Austin Shakespeare to Stage Harold Pinter's OLD TIMES in the Round
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

Austin Shakespeare seats the audience in the round for Harold Pinter's Old Times at The Rollins Studio Theatre at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

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