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City Theatre presents THE MOUSETRAP

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Enter the world of murder, mystery, and the mastermind of Agatha Christie as City Theatre begins the 12th season with the world’s most popular crime drama The Mousetrap. CTC guest director Stephen R. Reynolds directs the production and features the cliffhanging cast of Stacy Trammell, Levi Gore, Dillon Dority, Alexzandria Siprian, Elise Odgen, Denver Surgener, Justin Heller, and Darren Scharf.

The scene is set when a group of unsuspecting guests gather in a country house cut off by the snow and discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst! Who can it be? One by one the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts until, at the last, nerve-shredding moment, the identity and the motive are finally revealed. In her own inimitable style, Dame Agatha Christie creates an atmosphere of shuddering suspense and a brilliantly intricate plot where murder lurks around every corner!

Renowned English writer Agatha Christie, known as the ‘Queen of Crime’, wrote over 66 detective novels and 13 plays. She is best known as the creator of detective Hercule Poirot and village mystery-solver Miss Marple. She has sold over 2 billion books and 30 feature films and 100 television movies have been made from her works. According to Index Translationum, her books have been translated into more than 50 different languages, and her works rank third, after William Shakespeare and the Bible, as the world’s most widely published books. Her novel And Then There Were None deserves special mention with 100 million copies being sold, and her work The Mousetrap is credited as the world’s longest running play. The show opened in London’s West End in 1952, and has been running continuously since with over 23,000 performances. For her noteworthy contribution in the field of detective stories, she received several awards, including the Grand Master Award and an Edgar Award, and her created character Poirot is the only fictional character for which The New York Times published an obituary.

The City Theatre Company is excited to be celebrating its 12th 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, 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 2017 – 2018 season.

The Mousetrap opens Friday, October 6, 2017 and runs through Sunday, October 29, 2017, with shows at 8 PM and matinee performances on Sundays at 3 PM. 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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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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The Filigree Theatre presents WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID

Austin Premiere of Sarah Treem’s play marks second production for The Filigree Theatre’s second season slate

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Linda Bradshaw as Agnes, Allison Paranka as Penny, and Laura Ray as Mary Anne.
Linda Bradshaw as Agnes, Allison Paranka as Penny, and Laura Ray as Mary Anne. Photo courtesy The Filigree Theatre

The Filigree Theatre, Austin’s independent women-led theatre company, has announced its cast for the Austin Premiere of When We Were Young and Unafraid, written by Sarah Treem (The Affair). Directed by Jennifer Sturley​ and produced by Stephanie Moore and Elizabeth V. Newman, the production will run Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 PM from February 7-23, 2018 at The Mastrogeorge Theatre.

When We Were Young and Unafraid takes place on an island off the coast of Seattle at the height of the Women’s Liberation Movement in the early 1970s, before Roe v. Wade, and the Violence Against Women Act. Agnes, a no-nonsense former nurse played by Linda Bradshaw, (The Foreigner, Steel Magnolias, Always Patsy Cline​) has turned her quiet bed and breakfast into safe place where victims of domestic violence can seek refuge.

Michelle Mary Schaefer​ as Hannah and Linda Bradshaw as Agnes.
Michelle Mary Schaefer​ as Hannah and Linda Bradshaw as Agnes. Photo courtesy The Filigree Theatre.

To Agnes’ dismay, her latest runaway, Mary Anne, a young Army bride played by Laura Ray (A Delicate Ship, Agnes of God, The Normal Heart​). is beginning to influence Agnes’ college-bound daughter Penny, played by Allison Paranka (Shakespeare in the Dark: Macbeth​). Meanwhile, another woman, Hannah, a traveling would-be revolutionary played by Michelle Mary Schaefer​ (Tribes, Children of a Lesser God, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) keeps coming by the bed and breakfast on her way to Womynworld, a lesbian separatist community.

As a feminist revolution grows louder outside of Agnes’ tiny world, these four women find their strength and confront their fears together; while Paul, played by Ben Gibson (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, All Shook Up​), a tourist and recent divorcee seeks refuge from the sexual revolution taking over San Francisco.

Ben Gibson as Paul and Laura Ray as Mary Anne.
Ben Gibson as Paul and Laura Ray as Mary Anne. Photo courtesy The Filigree Theatre

When We Were Young and Unafraid marks the fifth production for The Filigree Theatre. All productions in Filigree’s 2018-19 slate center around the theme “At The Crossroads,” with each play examining how, at crucial moments in our lives, we, as humans, find ourselves at the brink of change, faced with life and death decisions, confronted with a point of no return.

Tickets for When We Were Young and Unafraid are now available online at FiligreeTheatre.com or in-person at the Mastrogeorge Box Office for $30. All performances play at The Mastrogeorge Theatre at 130 Pedernales St.

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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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