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ZACH Theatre presents IMMORTAL LONGINGS

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ZACH Theatre announces the world premiere of Immortal Longings, the newest work by playwright and American Legend Terrence McNally. Previews begin June 12 with an Opening Date of June 20 and will run through July 14 in The Topfer at ZACH. The world premiere of Immortal Longings is a thoroughly revised version of Fire and Air which premiered at the Classic Stage Company (CSC) in New York City in the winter of last year.

Four-time Tony Award®-winning playwright and LGBT activist Terrence McNally (Ragtime, Kiss of the Spider Woman) expands on Immortal Longings, “When we performed the play at CSC, it was very much a work in progress. Few plays are flawless at their world premiere. Plays are not written, they are re- written. I knew in New York that the play was not finished to my satisfaction and I was grateful when ZACH invited me to finish my work on the play with a new director, a new cast, and most importantly, a new text. A change of title, even after a first production, is not an unusual part of a play’s journey. Away We Go in Boston became Oklahoma! before Broadway.”

Immortal Longings explores the rich history of the great Russian impresario Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev and his legendary Ballets Russes, who introduced the world to such revolutionary artists as Nijinsky, Stravinsky and Picasso. Surrounded by great talents of art, design, and music, the tempestuous relationship between Diaghilev and dancer Vaslav Nijinsky revolutionizes dance forever. The play takes place as the iron claw of the Bolsheviks closes in on the free spirits of New Art, forcing them to take refuge in a liberated and liberating Paris, at the birth of the 20th Century.

On producing Immortal Longings at ZACH, Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley states, “Classic plays we love like A Streetcar Named Desire or Death of a Salesman were once new plays. It is important for the future of our culture that we are always creating new work that may become one of these lasting legacies that impacts generations of readers and writers to come. It is an opportunity to respond in the here and now to the forces in our lives, which impact a generation and imbue our lives with meaning. Terrence has had the most famous, interesting, articulate colleagues as collaborators on his work – actors, directors, designers, musicians – a lifetime of who’s who, and he brings all that knowledge and experience with him when he approaches a creative endeavor. We have the great fortune to be his students and collaborators in this moment.”

In addition to Steven Epp as Sergei Pavlovich Diaghliev and Wyatt Fenner as Vaslav Nijinsky, Immortal Longings will star; James Patrick Nelson as Dmitry “Dima” Filosofov; Shannon Koob as Misia Sert; Suzanne Warmanen as Dunya; Joshua Pagan as Leonide Massine; Rachael Hanlon, Marie Pearce, Kevin Murdock-Waters, and Ian J. Bethany as Ballet Ensemble; and Rob Greenfield as Pianist.

Directed by Peter Rothstein, the production team also includes Kelli Foster Warder as Choreographer, Michael Hoover as Scenic Designer, Susan Branch Towne as Costume Designer, Serret Jensen as Hair and Makeup Designer, Philip Rosenberg as Lighting Designer, Craig Brock as Sound Designer, Scott Groh as Properties Designer, Rod Simonson as Projection Designer, Amanda Cooley Davis as Dialect Coach, and Catherine Anne Tucker as Stage Manager.

Age recommendation: Seventeen and up for adult language, sexual situations and full nudity.

Tickets start at $25 and are available online at zachtheatre.org, by phone at 512-476-0541, or in person at the ZACH Theatre Box Office, in the Topfer Theatre, 202 South Lamar Boulevard (corner of Riverside Drive and South Lamar) Monday through Saturday, 12–5p.m. ZACH Theatre is wheelchair accessible. Student Rush Tickets are $20 one hour before show time (with valid ID).

Immortal Longings opens Wednesday, June 12, 2019 and runs through Sunday, July 14, 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.

Special Events in Celebration of Immortal Longings:

  • Pride Night – Thursday, June 13, 2019
  • Wednesday Post-Show Discussion – Wednesday, June 19, 2019
  • ASL Interpreted, Open Captioned, and Audio Described – Wednesday, June 19, 2019
  • Champagne Opening and Press Night – Thursday, June 20, 2019

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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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