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Broadway in Austin presents RENT

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In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.

The show received its world premiere off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop on February 13, 1996 to ecstatic reviews and transferred to Broadway on April 29, 1996. RENT is winner of the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It is one of only six musicals to win both awards.

Based on the original direction by Michael Greif (Tony and Drama Desk Nominations, RENT), Evan Ensign restages this 20th anniversary tour. Marlies Yearby (Tony Nomination, RENT) serves as choreographer.

The RENT 20th Anniversary Tour is produced by Work Light Productions, whose other touring productions include Cinderella, MAMMA MIA!, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Vocalosity, and Crazy For You.

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Tickets start at $30 and are available online at BroadwayinAustin.com, the Bass Concert Hall box office, all Texas Box Office Outlets, and by phone at (512) 477-6060. For groups of 10 or more, call (877) 275-3804 or email Austin.groups@broadwayacrossamerica.com.

Performances are Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 PM & 8 PM, and Sunday at 1 PM & 7 PM at the Texas Performing Arts’ Bass Concert Hall on the University of Texas at Austin campus at 2350 Robert Dedman Drive.

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Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts brings the best of Broadway straight to Bass Concert Hall.

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Salvage Vanguard Theater presents QUEEN OF THE NIGHT

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Salvage Vanguard Theater presents the final Works Progress Austin of 2018 with Queen of the Night, a one man show about being black and queer in America, written and performed by artist Travis Tate. Works Progress Austin, SVT’s script development series, provides playwrights with the resources they need to bring their work to life: actors, stage managers, rehearsal time + space, cash, and an audience in the earliest stages of creation.

Queen of the Night is a story that centers around Stephen, a 63 year-old, recent divorcee, who takes his son, Ty, a millennial queer, on a camping trip to their old stomping grounds; a place Stephen took Ty often as a child. Stuck in the woods for a few days, no phone, and only their memories, Stephen and Ty must reckon with the past in this present wilderness. Queen of the Night explores masculinity and queerness through the lens of multi-generational Blackness.

Travis Tate is a queer, black playwright, poet and performer from Austin, Texas. Their poetry has appeared in Borderlands:Texas Poetry Review, Underblong, Mr. Ma’am, and upcoming in the Shade Journaland apt. They are a finalist for the Cosmonauts Avenue 2018 Poetry Prize. Their one-person drag show, It’s a Travesty! One Night with Jazzie Mercado! was presented at the Cohen New Works Festival (2017) and at Salvage Vanguard Theater’s Three-Headed Fest in November 2017. Their play MotherWitch was featured as a part of the 2018 UTNT (UT New Theatre).

Queer, black playwright, poet and performer Travis Tate / photo credit: Salvage Vanguard Theater

On November 28th, Travis Tate will lead a creative writing workshop for teens at Out Youth, and thanks to a grant from the Applied Materials Foundation, the students will attend the performance on Saturday as invited guests.

AT A GLANCE

Queen of the Night is Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 8 PM at Hick’s House at Austin Seminary, 100 E 27th St, Austin TX 78705. Tickets Pick a Price from $0-$25 and are available online. The Salvage Vanguard Theater box office opens at 7 PM. For questions, call 512-476-SVT6 or email box@salvagevanguard.org.

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City Theatre presents DOUBT: A PARABLE

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Kicking off the 13th season, City Theatre Austin is excited to present John Patrick Shanley’s critically acclaimed stage play Doubt: A Parable. Winner of the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, it is directed by guest director Rick Roemer and features Joel Gross, Brooke Culbertson, April Patterson, and Babs George as Sister Aloysius.

Doubt brings a gripping storm of suspicion and scandal where no simple truths or answers exist. Set against the backdrop of 1960s America, a turbulent time of political and social change, a progressive young priest’s conduct at a Bronx Catholic school comes under question by one of the Sisters, whose beliefs are deeply rooted in a stern and unquestionable tradition. As the actions and motivations of each are scrutinized and suspicion mounts, the two are drawn into a battle that threatens irrevocable consequences. In this powerful story, doubt lies in the mind of everyone involved.

Playwright John Patrick Shanley is an accomplished writer and director. The youngest child of Irish immigrants, he attended an East Bronx Catholic school for most of his upbringing until constant rebellion led to his expulsion. Reflecting on his childhood, he recalled “People would look at me and become enraged. I believe that the reason was, they could see that I saw them. And they didn’t like that.” Doubt, which opened on Broadway in 2005, won the Tony Award for Best Play, New York Drama Critics Circle Award, The Drama League Award, the Drama Desk Award, and the Pulitzer Prize.

Babs George as Sister Aloysius and Joel Gross as Father Flynn / photo credit: City Theatre

Shanley’s original screenplays include The January Man, Five Corners, and Moonstruck, for which he won an Oscar, and the screen adaptation of Doubt earned him an Academy Award nomination. His list of plays, many of which he directed, include Defiance, Savage In Limbo, Beggars In the House of Plenty, Italian American Reconciliation, Four Dogs And A Bone, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, and Dirty Story.

Guest director Rick Roemer is an actor, voice actor, director, and teacher. He recently retired as a professor of Theatre from Southwestern University. Earlier this year, he directed The Father for Jarrott Productions and upcoming, he is reprising the role of Jasper in Austin Playhouse’s The Mystery of Edwin of Drood. He received his PhD from UCLA in Theatre and is the author of “Charles Ludlam and the Ridiculous Theatrical Co.”

THE CAST

Leading the way is Austin actress Babs George as Sister Aloysius Beauvier. While she has worked professionally in regional theatres across the country, Austin is home: Tribes at Zach Scott Theatre, Merry Wives of Windsor at Austin Shakespeare, TexArts’s The Glass Menagerie, The Secretary for Theatre en Bloc, Penfold Theatre’s Clybourne Park, Pride and Prejudice at St. Edwards Mary Moody Theatre, The Cherry Orchard at Texas State University, and numerous performances as a company member of the Austin Playhouse. She has an M.F.A. from The Shakespeare Theatre and George Washington University, is the creator and director of The Actor’s School, and has taught at Texas State University, St. Edwards, University of Texas, and Southwestern University. Babs has been a member of Actors’ Equity and Screen Actors Guild for over 35 years. Also featured in the production, is the talented cast of Joel Gross as Father Flynn, Brooke Culbertson as Sister James, and April Patterson as Mrs. Muller.

THE COMPANY

The City Theatre Company is excited to be celebrating its 13th anniversary season of live theatre entertainment in Austin. CTC is an Austin-based, not-for-profit arts organization and is sponsored in part by the Austin Creative Alliance and the Austin Cultural Arts Division. Founded in 2006, the company has been recognized by the Austin Critics Table Awards, the B. Iden Payne Awards, the Central Texas Excellence in Theatre Awards, Austin Live Theatre, BroadwayWorld Austin and has twice been voted “Best Theatre Company” by Austin American-Statesman’s Austin 360. CTC is dedicated in providing quality theatrical experiences and entertainment for Austin artists and its community and continues the commitment to making productions accessible for everyone. CTC offers its discount ticket program with $10 Thursday seats and $12 student seats for any show. The ticket discount is available throughout the 2018 – 2019 season.

AT A GLANCE

Doubt: A Parable opens Thursday, November 8, 2018 and runs through Sunday, November 25, 2018, with shows at 8 PM and matinee performances on Sundays at 3 PM. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no show on Thursday, November 22. Tickets start at $15 and are available online through Brown Paper Tickets. You can also make reservations requests online. All general and guaranteed reserved Seats not purchased or claimed five minutes before curtain will be released. Students tickets are available for any show for $15. Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more are available, call 512-524-2870 or email info@citytheatreaustin.org.

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ZACH Theatre presents DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

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Briana Brooks as Belle in ZACH Theatre's production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Photo credit: Kirk Tuck / ZACH Theatre

ZACH Theatre announces the cast for the worldwide smash hit musical, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast featuring the animated film’s Academy Award®-winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, with additional songs composed by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice, and book by Linda Woolverton. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast plays ZACH’s Topfer Stage from July 11–September 2, 2018 under the direction of Associate Artistic Director Abe Reybold with musical direction by Allen Robertson and choreography by Sara Burke.

Be Our Guest! This “tale as old as time” follows Belle, a book-smart and adventurous young woman and the Beast, a formerly dashing young prince cursed by an enchantress. If the Beast cannot learn to love and be loved in return, he and his household including Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, and Chip will be trapped forever under the spell. The Broadway smash hit showcases a merry, award-winning score with favorites such as “Beauty and the Beast,” “Gaston,” and “Be Our Guest.” This delightful family musical enchants and transforms hearts of all generations.

With this timeless story, Director Abe Reybold expressed his enthusiasm on bringing Disney’s Beauty and the Beast to the Topfer Stage this summer, “Sharing this story about the transformational power of love with a multi-generational audience fits beautifully within ZACH’s mission to entertain, to inspire and to ignite the imagination. This may be the first stage show that many young people see, and I am creatively charged to make Beauty and the Beast magical, truthful and filled with laughter. The design team has done wonders and I am excited to work with the talented cast on this well-crafted Disney classic with its big melodic heart and so many wonderful lessons within.”

The cast includes Briana Brooks as Belle; Alexander Mendoza as Beast; Matthew Redden as Gaston; Martin Burke as Lumiere; John Christopher as Cogsworth; Meredith McCall as Mrs. Potts; Jennifer Blakeney Young as Babette; June Julian as Madame de la Bouche; Michael Ferstenfeld as Maurice; Kevin Pellicone as Lefou; Wilkes Goodner as Chip #1; Lucca Ostrovich as Chip #2; Victoria Brown as Enchantress/Ensemble; Anthony Vincent Toudjarov as Monsieur D’Arque/Ensemble; and Shannon Conboy, Grace Muawad, and Khali Sykes as Silly Girls/Ensemble. Additional Ensemble includes Megan Chizek, Chris Barfield, Leslie Hethcox, Ethan Rogers and Ty Shamar with Swings cast Owen Scales, Camryn Lamontagne, Johnathan Macedo, and Francene Bayola.

Directed and Musically Staged by Abe Reybold, the production team also includes Allen Robertson as Musical Director, Sara Burke as Choreographer, Court Watson as Scenic Designer, Susan Branch Towne as Costume Designer, Serret Jansen as Hair and Makeup Designer, Michelle Habeck as Lighting Designer with Craig Brock as Sound Designer, Scott Groh as Properties Designer, Toby Minor as Fight Choreographer, Amanda Cooley Davis as Dialect Consultant, and Catherine Anne Tucker as Stage Manager.

Tickets start at $25 and are available online at www.zachtheatre.org, by phone at 512-476-0541 ext. 1, or in person at the ZACH Theatre Box Office, in the Topfer Theatre, 202 South Lamar Blvd. (corner of Riverside Drive and South Lamar Blvd.) Monday through Saturday, 12 noon – 7 p.m. ZACH Theatre is wheelchair accessible. Discounts are available for groups of 8 or more. Student Rush Tickets are $20 one hour before show time (with valid ID).

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast opens Wednesday, July 11, 2018 and runs through Sunday, September 2, with performances on Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7:30 PM and 2:30 PM on Saturday and Sundays at the ZACH’s Topfer Theatre at 202 South Lamar Blvd.

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