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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.

The City Theatre Company 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 produced over one hundred shows, with over one thousand performances, and has been recognized by the Austin Critics Table Awards, the B. Iden Payne Awards, the Central Texas Excellence in Theatre Awards, Austin Live Theatre, and has twice been voted “Best Theatre Company” by Austin American-Statesman’s Austin 360.

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Penfold Theatre presents GHOST QUARTET

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Penfold Theatre presents Dave Malloy’s spirited new musical, Ghost Quartet, at Blue Genie Art Bazaar and the Driskill Hotel October 11 to November 1, 2019.

Ghost Quartet is a happily haunted musical about love, death, and whiskey. We listen in as four friends drink and spin yarns about two fairy tale sisters, a tree house astronomer and a lazy evil bear, a subway tragedy and the ghost of Thelonious Monk. As the evening winds on and glasses empty, we realize the narrative threads are interweaving into a centuries-long tale of encounters with the otherworldly. Ghost Quartet seductively pulls at our desire to believe in ghosts and subtly asks us why these stories continue to endure and multiply in the human imagination.

The New York Times calls the piece “rapturous… [Ghost Quartet] slyly addresses the questions of why we want to believe in ghosts and feel the need to keep talking about them. And I promise you, you will believe by the evening’s end… ingenious and affecting.” The Boston Globe praises the work’s “seductive allure… Tight harmonies, compelling characters and rich musicianship draw us into a cozy world to explore our fascination with and connection to the otherworldly spirits for a uniquely thrilling evening.”

Ghost Quartet is penned by Dave Malloy, the ascending composer most known for the hit Broadway musical Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, which is enjoying an international tour after winning 2 Tony Awards and being nominated for 10 others. Mr. Malloy’s work has never been seen in Austin, making Penfold’s Ghost Quartet the regional premiere of both a thrilling new work and an increasingly important voice in musical theatre.

The Blue Genie Art Bazaar will be transformed into a haunted hideaway for the show’s first three weekends. Then, for two nights only – October 31st and November 1st – the production will move to the Citadel Ballroom of the Driskill Hotel. These Halloween performances will feature a special pre-show of live ghost stories, told by Penfold co-founder and Haunted Texas alumnus Nathan Jerkins, about the eerie environs of the historic Austin landmark.

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JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

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Following critically acclaimed, sold-out engagements in the UK, the reimagined 50th Anniversary tour of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR will launch its national tour at Austin’s Bass Concert Hall from October 8 – 13, 2019. The 2017 Olivier awarding-winning production from Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre are on sale now.

Featuring award-winning music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, the North American tour of this iconic musical will be helmed by acclaimed director Timothy Sheader and cutting-edge choreographer Drew McOnie. Rounding out the creative team is set and costume design by 2016 Tony Award nominee, Tom Scutt, lighting design by Lee Curran, and music supervision by Tom Deering.

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ, as seen through the eyes of Judas. Reflecting the rock roots that defined a generation, the legendary score includes ‘I Don’t Know How to Love Him’, ‘Gethsemane’ and ‘Superstar’.

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is a proven musical phenomenon with a world-wide fan base. As demonstrated by NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, this epic work attracted over 9.6 million viewers, earned the highest ratings in its time period, and received the highest critical ranking of any live musical event on network TV. Now, almost 10 years after the last major tour in the US, this award-winning Regent’s Park production will play over 50 markets throughout North America.

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, selling out two consecutive engagements in 2016 and 2017. The production will open for a limited engagement on West End, this summer at the Barbican.

The North American tour of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is produced by Stephen Gabriel and Work Light Productions. The original production was produced by London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

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LES MISÉRABLES

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The company of LES MISÉRABLES performs “One Day More." Photo credit: Matthew Murphy

Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts is proud to present the Austin engagement of LES MISÉRABLES. By popular demand, Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, LES MISÉRABLES will return to Austin at Bass Concert Hall for one-week only September 10-15, 2019. Tickets on sale now.

With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck and has been hailed as the “Les Miz for the 21st Century.”

Cameron Mackintosh said, “I’m delighted that after a four-year absence this glorious production is once again touring the major cities across North America and is more spectacular than ever.”

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, LES MISÉRABLES tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Featuring one of the greatest scores of all time, with thrilling and beloved songs including “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” “Do You Hear the People Sing” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. Along with the Oscar-winning movie version, it has now been seen by more than 120 million people in 52 countries and in 22 languages around the globe. LES MISÉRABLES is still the world’s most popular musical, breaking box office records everywhere in its 33rd year.

Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Boublil and Schönberg’s LES MISÉRABLES has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer from the original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, additional material by James Fenton and original adaptation by Trevor Nunn and John Caird. The original LES MISÉRABLES orchestrations are by John Cameron with new orchestrations by Christopher Jahnke, Stephen Metcalfe and Stephen Brooker. The production is directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, designed by Matt Kinley inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo with costumes by Andreane Neofitou and Christine Rowland, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Mick Potter, musical staging by Michael Ashcroft and Geoffrey Garratt and projections by Fifty-Nine Productions. Music Supervision is by Stephen Brooker and James Moore, with casting by Kaitlin Shaw for Tara Rubin Casting.

LES MISÉRABLES originally opened in London at the Barbican Theatre on October 8, 1985, transferred to the Palace Theatre on December 4, 1985 and moved to its current home at the Queen’s Theatre on April 3, 2004 where it continues to play to packed houses and is the only version of the original production left in the world. The original Broadway production of LES MISÉRABLES opened at the Broadway Theatre on March 12, 1987 and transferred to the Imperial Theatre on October 17, 1990 running for 6,680 performances. The original US National Tour began in November 1987 and visited over 150 cities before closing in St. Louis, MO in 2006. Broadway audiences welcomed LES MIZ back to New York on November 9, 2006 where the show played the Broadhurst Theatre until its final performance on January 6, 2008.

The new production was conceived in 2009 to celebrate the 25th Anniversary, with record-breaking productions in the U.K., Australia, Korea, Japan, Spain, France, Manila, Singapore, São Paulo and Dubai. The North American Tour traveled across the U.S. for two years then played a five-month engagement in Toronto before returning to the Imperial Theatre on Broadway in March 2014 for over 1,000 performances. The new production is currently playing to sold out houses across North America, Mexico City and on tour in the U.K and has also been seen in Brazil, Korea, Japan, Canada, Australia, Spain, France, Manila, Singapore, Dubai and Broadway..

To date, LES MISÉRABLES remains the 5th longest-running Broadway production of all time.

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