Three Headed Festival
Oct
17
to Oct 27

Three Headed Festival

The second annual Three Headed Festival, curated by producing artistic director Kate Taylor. Featuring dancer and choreographer Kelsey Oliver, actor and visual artist Kriston Woodreaux, and actor and activist Crystal Bird Caviel.

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Works Progress Austin: High Art Shit by Gricelda Silva
Aug
31
7:30 PM19:30

Works Progress Austin: High Art Shit by Gricelda Silva

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Join us for Silva’s Party Poopers Open Mic night, the first in a series of gatherings that invite us to seek commonality through disgusting shared experiences.

Silva, as a new mama, is contemplating a whole lot of shit lately. She shares, “What is most intimate, most personal to us, is also most universal. Yet we don’t talk about that because, what, it’s too taboo to say we piss in the shower, that we pick our noses and roll our boogers into tiny balls that we flick off into oblivion, that our finger has gone through the toilet paper square and we’ve instinctively smelled it? Well, I think we should talk about this shit!”

In an effort to keep the world from losing its grip on humanity and stewing in a place where we no longer seek to understand The Other, Silva invites us to get our poop in a group and explore our shit stories. Join Silva and a bevy of Austin luminaries on Saturday August 31. Share the nastiness and enjoy shitty performances of poo-etry, puppets, movement[s], and song.

SCHEDULE:

2-5:30pm Open Skate at Austin Roller Rink ($10 paid to ARR)

6pm Artist Parent Sorcery: Making art, dinner, and rent in Austin at The Mosaic Theatre

Join us for a discussion on advocacy for parent creatives. What are the challenges, tricks, and dreams of makers of art and humans? Childcare and activities will be provided.

7:30pm High Art Shit

TICKETS: to the 7:30pm Open Mic are $5, suggested donation on-line or at the door | The box office opens at 5pm

LOCATION: The Mosaic Theatre, 11530 Manchaca Road Austin, TX 78748

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Gricelda Silva backtracked herself and her brilliant baby this summer to her hometown of Laredo to comically enough commit to doing just that: a Re-Do (thanks, Don Quixote!). She quickly realized she can’t ignore the waves of theatre that pulse through her blood so you’re not getting rid of her entirely, Austin (cue maniacal incredibly wise laughter here). Silva is a company member of Glass Half Full Theatre, Trouble Puppet, and Scottish Rite Theater.

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Antigonick by Anne Carson
Mar
21
to Apr 6

Antigonick by Anne Carson

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March 21- April 6 | 7:30pm

Dougherty Arts Center | 1110 Barton Springs Rd

A contemporary translation of the classic Greek drama that asks, “How do we care for the dead and how we do grieve amidst crisis?” Antigonick is strangely reimagined by the inimitable Classics scholar and award-winning poet, Anne Carson.

Directed by Salvage Vanguard’s co-producing Artistic Director Diana Lynn Small, Antigonick stretches the boundaries of story in poetry and theater. Antigonick asks, “What can one woman do in the face of unjust laws?” What is she willing to sacrifice? In this time worn story, Carson points to the lessons we’re meant to learn from our past, yet somehow fail to remember.

The Cast: Tobias Al-Trabulsi, Jay Byrd, Rachel Long, Megan Tabaque, Paige Tautz, Travis Tate, and Vincent Tomasino.

The Designers: Henna Chou, Natalie George, Lisa Laratta, and Paige Tautz.

TICKETS: $10-$20 online, sliding scale. Pay-What-You-Wish every night at the door.

Box office opens at 6:30pm

Reservations for each performance can be made at HERE

Every Friday night is FREE for Teens!

Antigonick JUBILEE: Join us for a special performance of Antigonick. Celebrating 25 years of bold, new work by Salvage Vanguard, the performance on Saturday March 23 will be followed by a party with delicious eats and specialty cocktails. Tickets to this performance-party are $25.

COMMUNITY DIALOGUE: Immediately following the performance on March 30, join us for a dialogue with Austin-based spiritual and religious leaders, discussing contemporary rituals around grief and death. Panel features speakers Chaplain Kye Flannery, Shaikh Mohamed-Umer Esmail, and Rabbi Neil Blumofe.

ASL Interpretation by Jen Borland and Dany Casey will be available at the March 30 performance. There will be an Audio Described performance by VSA Texas March 28.

ArtREACH: In collaboration with Austin Bat Cave, performer, playwright, and SVT artist Megan Tabaque will lead an Antigonick inspired creative writing workshop for teens. Made possible by a generous grant from Applied Materials.

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how is a Greek chorus like a lawyer

they're both in the business of searching for a precedent

finding an analogy

locating a prior example

so as to be able to say

this terrible thing we're witnessing now is

not unique you know it happened before

or something much like it

we're not at a loss how to think about this

we're not without guidance

there is a pattern

we can find an historically parallel case

and file it away under

ANTIGONE BURIED ALIVE FRIDAY AFTERNOON

COMPARE CASE HISTORIES 7. 17 AND 49

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Anne Carson (playwright) Anne Carson is a poet, essayist, professor of Classics, and translator. “In the small world of people who keep up with contemporary poetry,” wrote Daphne Merkin in the New York Times Book Review, Carson “has been cutting a large swath, inciting both envy and admiration.” Carson has gained both critical accolades and a wide readership over the course of her “unclassifiable” publishing career. In addition to her many highly-regarded translations of classical writers such as Sappho and Euripides, and her triptych rendering of An Oresteia (2009), she has published poems, essays, libretti, prose criticism, and verse novels that often cross genres. Carson’s recent collections include Nox (2010), Red Doc> (2013), and Float (2016). Her honors and awards are many, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the American Academy in Berlin. She has also received the Lannan Literary Award, the Pushcart Prize, and the Griffin Poetry Prize.

Diana Small (director) Diana Small writes, acts, and directs for the stage. Diana earned her MFA in playwriting from the Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin. She directed the world premiere of Tryouts by Adara Meyers with Salvage Vanguard in October 2018. Diana's new play House Play was developed at Berkeley Rep's The Ground Floor in 2017. Mad & a Goat has toured to seven cities since it was developed in 2013. Her play Good Day was selected for the 2015 Great Plains Conference PlayLabs, Kitchen Dog Theatre’s New Works Festival and was a finalist for the 2015 Play Penn Conference. Diana has worked with paper chairs theatre company in Austin having directed Elizabeth Doss's play Mast and performing/ dramaturging Doss's play Poor Herman and Catalina de Erauso and sharing the world-premiere of her play Hot Belly with The Syndicate in NYC (The Tank). She is a Jean Brown Fellow at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary pursuing a Master of Divinity.

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Open Auditions: Casta by Adrienne Dawes
Mar
19
5:00 PM17:00

Open Auditions: Casta by Adrienne Dawes

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Open auditions for the world premiere of Casta by Adrienne Dawes

March 19th 5-10pm | Dougherty Art Center

Casta is inspired by a series of casta paintings by Miguel Cabrera, a mixed-race painter from Oaxaca. Casta paintings were a unique form of portraiture that grew in popularity over the 18th century in Nueva España/colonial Mexico. The paintings depicted different racial mixtures arranged according to a hierarchy defined by Spanish elites. When a lowly apprentice is commissioned to paint a casta series for a wealthy patron, he tries to conform his work to a set hierarchy. The images revolt, illuminating a complex portrait of fluid Latinx identities. Casta will be directed by Jenny Larson and feature music by Graham Reynolds.

Performances are sponsored by the Blanton Museum of Art and will be presented as part of their Painted Cloth: Fashion and Ritual in Colonial Latin America exhibit. The exhibit will feature casta paintings from Mexico, Peru, and Spain.

Type of Actor(s):

Non-Equity, Austin LOCAL (must live or have housing and transportation within 50 miles of Austin, TX).

Roles Available**: 1 Female Ensemble, 3 Male Ensemble

Female Ensemble (1): AfroLatina/x, mid20s-40s, bilingual or Spanish speaking skills preferred.

Male Ensemble (3): Latino/x, AfroLatino/x, Mixed-Race, 20s+, bilingual or Spanish speaking skills preferred. Some roles require singing. 

**All Ensemble Actors must be strong dramatic actors with some experience in comedy (sketch/improv). The ensemble plays a wide variety of roles including some child characters performed with puppets. Prior puppetry experience is not essential but preferred (all performers will be trained in the specific puppetry techniques to be used in the project). Training or experience in dance or movement is an asset. Bilingual performers strongly encouraged to audition. 

To Audition: Email a headshot and resume to jenny@salvagevanguard.org to confirm an audition spot.

Auditions will be held on Tuesday March 19th 5-10pm.

Call-backs will be held on Friday March 22nd, 5-10pm.

Dates & Compensation: Rehearsals begin late September. Performances November 1-21, 2019 (Saturday & Sunday day time shows, one Thursday evening Nov 21st). All actors will be paid a stipend.

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ABOUT ADRIENNE DAWES: Adrienne Dawes is an award-winning playwright and producer originally from Austin, TX. Adrienne has been a Literary Fellow in the Tulsa Artist Fellowship (George Kaiser Family Foundation), a NALAC Fund for the Arts grantee, a selected playwright in the 2018 Fornés Playwriting Workshop (University of Notre Dame), and a recipient of the Stanley and Evelyn Lipkin Prize for Playwriting (Sarah Lawrence College. Adrienne is a member of the Dramatists Guild, ScriptWorks, and a company member of Salvage Vanguard Theater.  In 2019, Adrienne will be an Alice Judson Hayes Fellow (Ragdale Foundation) and a playwright-in-residence with Crosstown Arts and PlySpace.

ABOUT JENNY LARSON: Jenny Larson is an interdisciplinary theater artist. She has served as artistic director of experimental new works company Salvage Vanguard Theater, in Austin, TX, since 2008. Jenny has directed over 18 world premiere productions including the collaboration From the Pig Pile with the Rude Mechs and playwright Sibyl Kempson. Jenny’s devised collaboration with artist Hannah Kenah, Guest by Courtesy, has played the international Fusebox Festival, SHE MAKES THEATER festival in Bulgaria, and Brooklyn Yard. The summer of 2017 Jenny performed UNLIVED LIVES at the Kaustinen Folk Music Festival in Finland. In 2017 she was a Next Stage Artist-In-Residence at the Drama League in New York. In November of 2019 Jenny directs Casta by Adrienne Dawes. Jenny is currently an MFA candidate at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC in the Department of Theatre and Film.

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Works Progress Austin: Birdskin, Or What Do You Do For Money, Honey by Eva Suter
Feb
23
8:00 PM20:00

Works Progress Austin: Birdskin, Or What Do You Do For Money, Honey by Eva Suter

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Salvage Vanguard Theater introduces you to Sera in Eva Suter’s work in progress Birdskin, Or What Do You Do For Money, Honey. Sera’s debt has taken debt and her loans have their own loans. Desperate and broke, she takes an offer from a mysterious woman. Loosely inspired by The Brothers Grimm’s “Bearskin” --Sera will use no computers, phones (or even write letters), she will not sleep (or really sit still), and she will live (mostly) as a grackle, among the city’s hoard of feathered beasts, for seven years. But hey, on the other side, Sera’s promised she’ll be in the clear. Hopefully. Sometimes time is the best currency you’ve got.

Written and Directed by Eva Suter

Dramaturge Rachel Gilbert

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Eva Suter is a writer and theatre artist based in Austin, TX. Hailing from the Great NorthWest, she was a founding member of The Working Theatre Collective, a DIY based company dedicated to the production of new and devised works, in Portland, Oregon. An alum of the Great Plains Theatre Conference and the WildWind Performance Lab, Eva was Theatre Masters' Visionary Playwright of 2015. Medusa, A Perfectly Normal Girl was awarded the Portland Drammy for best new play in Spring 2011 and the Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship in Drama in 2012. Back here in Austin, Eva is a frequent collaborator in the 14/48, and Hold Me Well (Bay Area Playwright’s Finalist) received its premier in 2015 with Shrewd Productions. By night She concocts concoctions and repeats the same dumb jokes – while slinging drinks and fine fare at L’Oca d’Oro.

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Works Progress Austin: Queen of the Night by Travis Tate
Dec
1
6:30 PM18:30

Works Progress Austin: Queen of the Night by Travis Tate

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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).

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Works Progress Austin: House Play by Diana Lynn Small
Oct
20
11:00 AM11:00

Works Progress Austin: House Play by Diana Lynn Small

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Salvage Vanguard Theater invites you to join us for an immersive development brunch as we test-drive and share the design elements for House Play, a new theatrical event by Diana Lynn Small. House Play is part fairy tale, part meal and part ritual. Borrowing from ancient traditions of hospitality, House Play is a practice in befriending the strange in our ever globalizing, multi-cultural world. Join us as we set the table for this new work in progress. Mimosas, eats and friendly banter.

Written and Directed by Diana Lynn Small

Design by James Hapke

Performances by: Heather Johnson, Marie Ponce, and Paige Tautz


ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Diana Lynn Small writes, acts, and directs for the stage. She is a Co-Artistic Director of Salvage Vanguard Theater in Austin, TX with Jenny Larson. Diana earned her MFA in playwriting from the Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin. Diana's new play House Play was developed at Berkeley Rep's The Ground Floor in 2017. Mad & a Goat has toured to seven cities since it was developed in 2013. Her play Good Day was selected for the 2015 Great Plains Conference PlayLabs, Kitchen Dog Theatre’s New Works Festival and was a finalist for the 2015 Play Penn Conference.  Diana has worked with paper chairs theatre company in Austin having directed Elizabeth Doss's play Mast and performing/dramaturging Doss's play Poor Herman and sharing the world-premiere of her play Hot Belly with The Syndicate in NYC (The Tank). She is pursuing a Master of Divinity at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

James Hapke is an artist and designer working in Chicago. He earned an MFA with an emphasis in Printmedia from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He serves as the co-founder of the group SPARKLE CLUB- An Abstract Compass, which looks to the properties and movements of light as models for navigation. Belly, his sculpture for solo listening, was recently shown in Chicago as part of the Sullivan Galleries’ performance show, L-A-S-T-I-N-G: Exploits of Endurance, and Collabo’s Keep In Touch. He is currently working on a constellation of morning and evening choral arrangements of the poems of Robert Lax for solo voice and Deep House.

Heather Johnson wears many hats as an artist in Fort Collins, Colorado. Heather co-owns La De Da Performing Arts and is always rehearsing something in Colorado. Most recently, she assistant directed the Henry Award winning production of August Osage County with OpenStage Theatre. She loves touring with Mad & a Goat, by Diana Lynn Small, to New York, Austin, Santa Barbara, Denver and Portland. She is a founding member of the Comedy Brewers with whom she performs improv comedy. Heather and her co-producers are currently working on producing the 6th annual Fort Collins Fringe Festival for July of 2018.

Marie Ponce is an actor, teacher and strength coach residing in Southern California. She holds a B.A. in Theatre and English from Westmont College and splits her theatre making between L.A. and Santa Barbara. When not performing or teaching, she co-owns and trains at Westlake Sports Performance & Fitness. Marie has worked with several companies, including: Boxtales Theatre Co., Ground Floor @Berkeley Rep, Chalk Rep, Casa0101, Lit Moon, and Young Actors Ensemble. Favorite roles include: King Richard in Richard III, Ariel in Tempest, and Kayleen in Gruesome Playground Injuries.

Paige Tautz is a performer and theatre maker who lives in Santa Barbara, California. She’s a member of the Lit Moon Theatre Company, with whom she performs annually at the International Bitola Shakespeare Festival. Paige is also an original member of the Santa Bitola Theatre Company, a bilingual collaboration between Lit Moon and the Bitola National Theatre. In 2016, Paige received an SB Independent award for her performance in Mad & a Goat, which has toured to seven cities since 2013. Paige co-co-hosts the late-night variety show, Live From The Piano Kitchen.

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Tryouts by Adara Meyers
Sep
11
to Sep 27

Tryouts by Adara Meyers

Salvage Vanguard Theater (SVT) invites you to the MainStage world premiere of Tryouts by Adara Meyers, a Boston-based experimental playwright. Directed by co-Artistic Director Diana Lynn Small, Tryouts casts a satirical gaze on women, femininity, and motherhood, inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Virgin and Child with St. Anne,” and Freud’s debunked maternal psychosexual essay on the painting. Two mothers and three teenage girls maneuver the confines of a prestigious and draconian high school when in a tragicomic turn of events, the mothers throw themselves into the work of forming a pseudo-religious order focused on topiary and the girls confront head-on the primly grim version of adulthood they’ve been taught all too well.

Directed by: Diana Lynn Small

Designed by: Zac Crofford, Jessica Gilzow, Jordan Good, James Hapke, Mercedes McCleary and Diana Lynn Small.

Featuring performers: Luxy Banner, Sarah Chong, Martinique Duchene-Phillips, Clara Hayes, Hannah Kenah and Paige Tautz.

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COMMUNITY DIALOGUE: Oct 20th following Tryouts, join the playwright, Adara Meyers in a community conversation on female representation in experimental art.

Audio Description will be available at the October 18th performance, thanks to VSA Texas. ASL Interpretation will be available at the October 20th performance.

ARTReach: In collaboration with Austin Bat Cave, Diana Lynn Small will lead a Tryouts inspired creative writing workshop for teens at Out Youth who will then attend Tryouts as special guests. Made possible by a generous grant from Applied Materials.

SVT Happy Hour @ the DAC: Featuring local food, beverages from Titos Vodka, and specialty Tryouts cocktails, every Thursday night before the show join us for a party. October 11th, 18th, and 25th from 6- 8pm. Follow us on Instagram @salvagevanguard for updates on food, brew, and entertainment.

ABOUT ADARA MEYERS: Her performance works and plays, Picture This, Talk To At Me, and Birds, premiered at Boston Center for the Arts (Sleeping Weazel), and her new music collaboration, Never Not, with composer Leaha Maria Villarreal, was commissioned by Wild Rumpus and later received its California premiere at the L.A. Philharmonic. Other plays and interdisciplinary projects have been developed or produced at Roulette, the Great Plains Theatre Conference, The Factory Theatre (Sleeping Weazel), and Perishable Theatre, among others. She is the recipient of a Rhode Island State Council on the Arts merit award for her play Tryouts and she has been a resident at Sedona Summer Colony. She holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College and a BA in English from Wheaton College (MA). For more information, please visit www.adarameyers.com and www.sleepingweazel.com.

ABOUT DIANA LYNN SMALL writes, acts, and directs for the stage. She is a Co-Artistic Director of Salvage Vanguard Theaterin Austin, TX with Jenny Larson. Diana earned her MFA in playwriting from the Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin. Diana's new play House Play was developed at Berkeley Rep's The Ground Floor in 2017. Mad & a Goat has toured to seven cities since it was developed in 2013. Her play Good Day was selected for the 2015 Great Plains Conference PlayLabs, Kitchen Dog Theatre’s New Works Festival and was a finalist for the 2015 Play Penn Conference.  Diana has worked with paper chairs theatre company in Austin having directed Elizabeth Doss's play Mast and performing/dramaturging Doss's play Poor Herman and sharing the world-premiere of her play Hot Belly with The Syndicate in NYC (The Tank). She is pursuing a Master of Divinity at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

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 The Changelings by Hannah Wolf
Jul
15
5:30 PM17:30

The Changelings by Hannah Wolf

Part story cycle, part song cycle, part immersive theater. Salvage Vanguard Theater announces the Works Progress Austin sharing of Hannah Wolf’s The Changelings. In collaboration with Megan Tabaque and Michael Zapruder.

Using the Alycone and Cexy myth as a launching point, The Changelings’ creates an immersive world of storms, a world where nature is showing humans just how powerful it can be. A world where the lack of control over the weather leads humans to see their smallness. In this moment we’ll ponder and reflect on recognizing our place in the violence of the natural world.

Conceived & Directed by Hannah Wolf

Book & Lyrics by Megan Tabaque

Music & Lyrics by Michael Zapruder

ABOUT WORKS PROGRESS AUSTIN

Launched in 2006, SVT’s Works Progress Austin development series provides playwrights with resources they need to bring their work to life. Works Progress Austin previously featured new works by Adrienne Dawes, Caridad Svich, Dan Dietz, and Diana Lynn Small.

Megan Tabaque is an Austin based playwright and performer originally from Florida. Megan has her MFA from the Michener Center for Writers and has had her work produced in Chicago, Florida, and in Austin. She is a Kundiman Fellow for fiction, a Sewanee Writers Conference scholar, Austin's Critics Table nominee, Business Manager at Salvage Vanguard Theater and co-director of Rude Mech's Off Center Teens program.

Hannah Wolf is a Los Angeles based director, dramaturg and creative producer originally from Juneau Alaska. She makes “subversively shiny” work for the stage and explores new ways of making work in the rehearsal room. Recent work includes: TITLE LOADING (Fusebox Festival), The Bigot by William Glick, Dry Land by Ruby Rae Spigel, ENRONby Lucy Prebble (UT Austin), and The Sky Game by Kimberly Belflower (Peppercorn Theatre). She’s directed and developed new plays with Perseverance Theatre, Superhero Clubhouse, The Civilians, Conni's Avant Garde Restaurant, Colt Coeur and TerraNOVA Collective. She also curates the blog Ask A Director. SDC Associate, 2018/19 National Director Fellow, 2012 Lincoln Center Directors Lab, 2014/15 Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab and 2013/2014 Fulbright Research Fellow (Bucharest Romania) MFA: UT Austin. hannahjwolf.com

Michael Zapruder is a composer, recording songwriter, and performer. His portfolio of instrumental compositions includes works for solo instruments, voice and accompaniment, mixed chamber ensembles, wind ensemble, electronic media, and opera. Zapruder’s discography of original songs includes Dragon Chinese Cocktail Horoscope, which won the 2009 Independent Music Award for Best Songwriter Album; and Pink Thunder, an album of songs made from poems by living American poets, which was selected by the Boston Globe as the Best Poetry Book of 2012 and called “a work of extraordinary merit and historical significance” by the Huffington Post. As a performing songwriter, Zapruder has toured widely, performing at clubs, theaters and at festivals across the US and elsewhere, including showcases at South by Southwest and Pop Montreal. As a recording artist, he has a conceptual side. In 1999, as part of a project he called 52 Songs, Michael wrote, recorded and posted online one song each week for a year. More recently, he released the Pink Thunder songs as an interactive art show, with each song housed in one-of-a-kind music-playing art-objects called portmanteaus. The Pink Thunder in Portmanteaus art show has shown in San Francisco, Chicago, and Washington, DC. As a visiting artist specializing in songs and lyrics, he has given craft talks and invited lectures at NYU, University of Wyoming, University of Kentucky, and elsewhere. Zapruder is a co-founder of the Austin and San Francisco-based arts collective and record label, Howells Transmitter. From 2003-2011, he established and led the curation group for internet radio service Pandora. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and two sons, where he is a Kent Kennan Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin’s Butler School of Music.




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Works Progress Austin: Two Sweaty
May
28
7:30 PM19:30

Works Progress Austin: Two Sweaty

Two Sweaty by Megan Tabaque is the story of two estranged sisters who find their way back to themselves in an urban boutique cycling studio. Their journey of self-care and empowerment doesn’t stop at self-actualization. The cult like cycle club turns them into power crazy murderers.

Two Sweaty is an exploration of the female body kicking ass on stage, women being frightening, intimidating, and strong. Join us for the Works Progress Austin sharing on Saturday, June 30 at the Dougherty Arts Center.

Performed by Lina Chambers and Cassie Reveles.

ABOUT MEGAN TABAQUE: Megan Tabaque is an Austin based playwright and performer originally from Florida. Most recently her play Galactic Orphans was featured in the University of Texas New Theatre showcase (UTNT). Her play, Teen Girl FANtasies (co-written with Kimberly Belflower) was nominated for an Austin Critic’s Table Award for Best New Play in 2015. Megan has her MFA in Writing from the Michener Center for Writers. She is a Kundiman Fellow for fiction, a Sewanee Writers Conference scholar, Business Manager at Salvage Vanguard Theater and co-director of Rude Mech's Off Center Teens program.

WORKS PROGRESS AUSTIN Launched in 2006, SVT’s Works Progress Austin development series provides artists with resources they need to bring their work to life. Works Progress Austin previously featured new works by Adrienne Dawes, Caridad Svich, Daniel Alexander Jones, and Dan Dietz.

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Works Progress Vancouver: Heaven Born Wind
May
13
7:30 PM19:30

Works Progress Vancouver: Heaven Born Wind

Salvage Vanguard Theater, with support from University of British Columbia Department of Theatre and Film, announces the workshop performance of Heaven Born Wind by Hannah Kenah, directed by UBC MFA Candidate Jenny Larson.

As one family moves through a barren landscape, the individual members are simultaneously each other’s only hope and greatest threat. A hulking father refuses to hunt, and a restless mother hides the concept of Home from her exhausted children. Heaven Born Wind lives in the boundaries between safety and danger: this side of the river and the need to ford the river; the warm circle of firelight and that which roams in the darkness beyond; the need to eat and their dwindling ammunition; the need for protection, yet the strongest among them is being driven mad by the wind, the wind, the heaven-born wind. 

With undercurrents of The Oregon TrailNight of the Hunter, Hansel and Gretel, and Kafka’s MetamorphosisHeaven Born Wind is the story of a family living a primitive life at the edges of a contemporary world.

Kenah joins Larson at UBC this May for a four-day workshop. Playing with puppetry, movement, and text, the public is invited to a free sharing of this work-in-progress on May 13th at the Dorothy Somerset Studio on UBC campus.


ABOUT HANNAH KENAH: Hannah Kenah is a performer, writer, and company member with Rude Mechs and has been developing work with the company since 2008, including national tours of The Method Gun and Stop Hitting Yourself. She served as the writer for Rude Mechs' Now Now Oh Now,and most recently she wrote and performed in Rude Mechs' Field Guide which was commissioned by Yale Repertory Theatre and premiered in their 2017-2018 season. With Salvage Vanguard Theater, Hannah wrote and performed in Guest by Courtesy, co-created with Jenny Larson, which was selected for Fusebox Festival 2013, then traveled to Sofia, Bulgaria and was produced by Brooklyn Yard. SVT produced her play With Great Difficulty Alice Sits in fall 2016. Her play Everything is Established received on honorable mention on the 2015 Kilroys List and was produced by Harbor Stage Company in the summer of 2017. Hannah received her BA from Dartmouth College, attended Dell'Arte International, and is currently studying playwriting as a Michener Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin.

ABOUT JENNY LARSON: Jenny Larson has served as artistic director of Salvage Vanguard Theater, an experimental new works company in Austin Texas, since 2008. Jenny holds a BA from St Edwards University in Austin. She has directed over 18 world premiere productions. She was named Best of Austin “Theater Director” by the local entertainment weekly paper Austin Chronicle in 2016. Jenny’s devised collaboration with Hannah Kenah, Guest by Courtesy, has played the international Fusebox Festival in 2013, the SHE MAKES THEATER festival in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2013, and the Brooklyn Yard in 2016. She was awarded Best Director of a Drama from the B Iden Payne Committee in Austin for her work on AM I WHITE by Adrienne Dawes in 2014In the spring of 2017 she was an Artist-In-Residence at the Drama League in New York. The summer of 2017 Jenny was an Artist-In-Residence in Kokkola, Finland with the Drake Art Centre. She is currently an MFA candidate at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC in the Department of Theatre and Film.

ABOUT JULIA SMITH: Is a collaborative theater artist and educator who graduated from Towson University's MFA Theatre program and also holds a BFA from New York University’s Experimental Theatre Wing. Her performance, direction and design work has been seen throughout New York City, Baltimore/DC area, Chicago, New Orleans, Texas and Eastern Europe and has been recognized by The New York Times, The Austin Chronicle, Austin Critic Table Awards, B. Iden Payne Committee, and the Eastern Europe and Slavic Performance Journal. Julia was last seen performing at Lincoln Center in Basil Twist's Rite of Spring, on Season 6 of The Good Night Show for the Sprout Network, and and at the Austin Puppet Incident. She is currently a Theater Director at Cedar Ridge High School in Round Rock. She is happy to have the chance to make such wild and strange objects for SVT. 

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black do crack by Florinda Bryant
Apr
28
8:00 PM20:00

black do crack by Florinda Bryant

SALVAGE VANGUARD THEATER IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE WORKS PROGRESS AUSTIN (WPA) WORKSHOP, BLACK DO CRACK, A NEW SOLO PERFORMANCE BY FLORINDA BRYANT.

One FREE performance of this work-in-progress will run April 28 at 7:30pm at the Dougherty Arts Center.

black do crack is an invitation to transform. It is an exploration of the mythology of the strong black woman. The mother who is not allowed to crack, but is dying under the pressure of that fiction. Drugs and food. Escaping. Stuck. Moving slow. Moving too fast. We wail. In secret. Hiding our discomposure. Black bends, and do crack.

Playing with language, song and movement, black do crack is an exploration of the curse and the blessing of being a strong Woman. What happens when the bough breaks? How does time move if seasons change but we don't? black do crack is an invitation to be honest with our struggles, and to truly see and make space for the struggle in one another. How do we check on each other? How do we make space for our daughters to use their wail to help them transform?


BOUT FLORINDA BRYANT: Florinda is an interdisciplinary artist and arts educator who calls Austin home. Holding it down in every aspect of performance, whether writing, performing or directing, Florinda’s passion and dedication to her craft is evident. As a performer and director she is no stranger to many stages in Austin, having worked with Salvage Vanguard Theater, the Rude Mechs, the Vortex, Paper Chairs and Teatro Vivo. Some of favorite recent performances include Am I White (by Adrienne Dawes), The Panza Monologues (by Virginia Grise), Bright Now Beyond (By Daniel Alexander Jones and Bobby Halverson) andFixing King John (adapted by Kirk Lynn)As a writer and poet, Florinda enjoys engaging audiences in explorations around identity, body and community. Her award winning one-woman show Half-Breed Southern Fried was produced as part of the Performing Blackness Series at UT and was directed by Laurie Carlos. As a facilitator and arts educator, Florinda has worked with at risk communities, young men and women, and adults – using performance as a social justice tool for empowerment and change for over 18 years. Florinda is also the Operations Manager of Creative Action, one of the nation’s leading arts education organizations and Managing Director of nationally acclaimed Salvage Vanguard Theater. A member of the Austin Project, sponsored by the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, UT at Austin. Florinda is also a 2013 Woman of the Year for Racial Justice award recipient from the YWCA. Recent directing credits include Denim Doves, produced by Salvage Vanguard Theater (Performing and Co-Directing) February 2016, and Stories of Us produced by Teatro Vivo (Directing) Spring 2016.

ABOUT WORKS PROGRESS AUSTIN: Launched in 2006, SVT’s Works Progress Austin development series provides playwrights with resources they need to bring their work to life. Works Progress Austin previously featured new works by Adrienne Dawes, Caridad Svich, Dan Dietz, and Diana Lynn Small.

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con flama by Sharon Bridgforth
Mar
22
to Apr 7

con flama by Sharon Bridgforth

Salvage Vanguard Theater announces con flama by Sharon Bridgforth. Set in Los Angeles in the 1940s –1970s, con flama gives a glimpse of a Black gurl’s coming of age, through Ancestral passages and her family history. The gurl’s story unfolds as she makes her way through the cultural landscape of Los Angeles on the bus.

Co-Producing Artistic Director Florinda Bryant performed in the world premiere of con flama in 2000 at Frontera @ Hyde Park Theatre, directed by the inimitable Laurie Carlos. A theatrical pioneer and mentor to many great artists, Laurie Carlos passed away in December of 2016. Now, eighteen years later in tribute to Carlos, the jazz aesthetic, and the work of brilliant voices of color like Bridgforth, Bryant directs con flama in this Salvage Vanguard production.

con flama invites us to gather in a space of listening, to look at each other on the bus, and embrace an opportunity to witness the humanity in each other. con flama inspires us to love, connect and heal each other, and urges us to establish communities of love. Join us on the bus this March at the Dougherty Arts Center.

Directed by Florinda Bryant. Design by Rachel Atkinson, Chris Conard, Mary Beyer, and Jessica Gilzow. Featuring actors Adam Martínez, Mary Beyer, Semente, Dominique Cunningham, and Adwoa Danielle

March 24: Black Identity in U.S. Education featuring panelists Marcus McQuirter, Chair, Drama Department at Austin Community College. Nina Rose, Founder of The R.O.S.E. Project (Recognizing Our Strength and Excellence). Bavu Blakes, scholar emcee of Hip Hop Grew Up and Dr. Tifani Jones Blakes, Founder of the Be Great Advancement Group.

March 31: Racial Justice & Austin Urbanization with panelists Amanda Johnston, Founder of Black Poets Speak Out and Torch Literary Arts, Amber Watts of Austin Justice Coalition and Natalie Goodnow, School-Based Program Director at Creative Action and Jasmine Robinson, Programming Committee Member at Boss Babes ATX.

PLUS Saturday March 24th at 6:45pm: Free pre-show performance by the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center's Camino Teen Intern's. In the DAC Gallery.

Audio Description by VSA Texas on March 23rd

ASL Interpretation on March 31st


ABOUT SHARON BRIDGFORTH: Sharon is a 2016 Doris Duke Artist and a 2016 Creative Capital awardee. A New Dramatists alumnae, Sharon collaborates with actors, dancers, singers and audiences live during performance as she composes moving soundscapes of her ritual/jazz texts. A MAP Fund and National Performance Network Creation Fund recipient, her work has been presented by Links Hall, Pillsbury House Theatre, The New Black Fest, New York SummerStage Festival and the Performing Blackness Series produced by Omi Osun Joni L. Jones and the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies at The University of Texas in Austin. Sharon is Artist In-Residence at IDEX/Thousand Currents and has served in residence at: allgo, statewide queer people of color organization; Brown University’s MFA Playwriting Program; University of Iowa’s MFA Playwrights Program; The Theatre School at DePaul University; and The Department of Performance Studies at Northwestern University. Widely published, Sharon is author of love conjure/blues and the Lambda Literary Award winning the bull-jean stories. She Omi Jones and Lisa Lynn Moore are co-editors of Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic: Art, Activism, Academia, and the Austin Project. Sharon served as Anchor Artist for the Austin Project from 2002 - 2009. Sharon is one of the subjects in: Matt Richardson’s, The Queer Limit of Black Memory – Black Lesbian Literature and Irresolution; and Omi Jones’s Theatrical Jazz: Performance, Àṣẹ, and the Power of the Present Moment. Sharon is currently developing, dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Home. You can find out more at: http://sharonbridgforth.com

ABOUT FLORINDA BRYANT: Florinda is an interdisciplinary artist and arts educator who calls Austin home. Holding it down in every aspect of performance, whether writing, performing or directing, Florinda’s passion and dedication to her craft is evident. As a performer and director she is no stranger to many stages in Austin, having worked with Salvage Vanguard Theater, the Rude Mechs, the Vortex, Paper Chairs and Teatro Vivo. Some of favorite recent performances include Am I White (by Adrienne Dawes), The Panza Monologues(by Virginia Grise), Bright Now Beyond (By Daniel Alexander Jones and Bobby Halverson) and Fixing King John (adapted by Kirk Lynn)As a writer and poet, Florinda enjoys engaging audiences in explorations around identity, body and community. Her award winning one-woman show Half-Breed Southern Fried was produced as part of the Performing Blackness Series at UT and was directed by Laurie Carlos. As a facilitator and arts educator, Florinda has worked with at risk communities, young men and women, and adults – using performance as a social justice tool for empowerment and change for over 18 years. Florinda is also the Operations Manager of Creative Action, one of the nation’s leading arts education organizations and Managing Director of nationally acclaimed Salvage Vanguard Theater. A member of the Austin Project, sponsored by the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, UT at Austin. Florinda is also a 2013 Woman of the Year for Racial Justice award recipient from the YWCA. Recent directing credits include Denim Doves, produced by Salvage Vanguard Theater (Performing and Co-Directing) February 2016, and Stories of Us produced by Teatro Vivo (Directing) Spring 2016.

ABOUT SALVAGE VANGUARD THEATER

Salvage Vanguard Theater (SVT) based in Austin TX, is a nonprofit organization that provides accessible, affordable, artistic exchange between a diverse, inclusive community of artists and audiences through high quality experiences that foster experimentation and generate conversation.

This project is funded and supported in part by a grant from the Drama League, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works, and in part by the City of Austin Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future.  This project is produced in coordination with the City of Austin’s Brush Square Museums and Parks and Recreation Department. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.

The City of Austin is proud to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require assistance for participation in our programs or use of our facilities, please call (512) 974-3914

La Ciudad de Austin está comprometida al Acta de Americanos Incapacitados. Si requiere asistencia para participar en nuestros programas por favor llame al teléfono número (512) 974-3914. 

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House Play by Diana Lynn Small
Dec
23
5:30 PM17:30

House Play by Diana Lynn Small

Salvage Vanguard Theater (SVT) is proud to announce the winter Works Progress Austin (WPA) workshop, House Play by Diana Lynn Small. Two FREE performances of this work-in-progress will run February 3rd at 5:30pm and 7:30pm at the Susanna Dickinson Museum.

Three girls are left for dead in the woods and each takes on a new identity to survive: One becomes a Woman and builds a bungalow, one becomes an Animal and lives naked in a tree, and one becomes a Sybil, prayerful and sly in a lightning-struck holy hole. It doesn’t go well.

HOUSE PLAY is a new play, made to be performed in homes. A dinner, a hospitality ritual, a fable, HOUSE PLAY explores what it means to be an indoor creature in a world made-up of the outdoors. How can we be hospitable to a wilderness of neighbors, strangers and intimate companions?

First developed at The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep in 2017, HOUSE PLAY is a collaboration with artists based in California, Colorado, Chicago and Austin. HOUSE PLAY will premiere in Austin in the spring of 2019 and then tour nationally, privileging cities and town that do not have traditional theater spaces.


ABOUT WORKS PROGRESS AUSTIN: Launched in 2006, SVT’s Works Progress Austin development series provides playwrights with resources they need to bring their work to life. Works Progress Austin: 2017 Edition previously featured new works by Taji Senior, Amparo Garcia-Crow and Diana Small.

Diana Lynn Small writes, acts, and directs for the stage. She is a Co-Artistic Director of Salvage Vanguard Theater in Austin, TX with Florinda Bryant and Jenny Larson. Diana earned her MFA in playwriting from the Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin. Diana's new play House Play was developed at Berkeley Rep's The Ground Floor in 2017. Mad & a Goat has toured to seven cities since it was developed in 2013. Her play Good Day was selected for the 2015 Great Plains Conference PlayLabs, Kitchen Dog Theatre’s New Works Festival and was a finalist for the 2015 Play Penn Conference.  Diana has worked with paper chairs theatre company in Austin having directed Elizabeth Doss's play Mast and performing/dramaturging Doss's play Poor Herman and sharing the world-premiere of her play Hot Belly with The Syndicate in NYC (The Tank). She is pursuing a Master of Divinity at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

James Hapke is an artist and designer working in Chicago. He earned an MFA with an emphasis in Printmedia from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He serves as the co-founder of the group SPARKLE CLUB- An Abstract Compass, which looks to the properties and movements of light as models for navigation. Belly, his sculpture for solo listening, was recently shown in Chicago as part of the Sullivan Galleries’ performance show, L-A-S-T-I-N-G: Exploits of Endurance, and Collabo’s Keep In Touch. He is currently working on a constellation of morning and evening choral arrangements of the poems of Robert Lax for solo voice and Deep House.

Heather Johnson wears many hats as an artist in Fort Collins, Colorado. Heather co-owns La De Da Performing Arts and is always rehearsing something in Colorado. Most recently, she assistant directed the Henry Award winning production of August Osage County with OpenStage Theatre. She loves touring with Mad & a Goat, by Diana Lynn Small, to New York, Austin, Santa Barbara, Denver and Portland. She is a founding member of the Comedy Brewers with whom she performs improv comedy. Heather and her co-producers are currently working on producing the 6th annual Fort Collins Fringe Festival for July of 2018.

Marie Ponce is an actor, teacher and strength coach residing in Southern California. She holds a B.A. in Theatre and English from Westmont College and splits her theatre making between L.A. and Santa Barbara. When not performing or teaching, she co-owns and trains at Westlake Sports Performance & Fitness. Marie has worked with several companies, including: Boxtales Theatre Co., Ground Floor @Berkeley Rep, Chalk Rep, Casa0101, Lit Moon, and Young Actors Ensemble. Favorite roles include: King Richard in Richard III, Ariel in Tempest, and Kayleen in Gruesome Playground Injuries.

Paige Tautz is a performer and theatre maker who lives in Santa Barbara, California. She’s a member of the Lit Moon Theatre Company, with whom she performs annually at the International Bitola Shakespeare Festival. Paige is also an original member of the Santa Bitola Theatre Company, a bilingual collaboration between Lit Moon and the Bitola National Theatre. In 2016, Paige received an SB Independent award for her performance in Mad & a Goat, which has toured to seven cities since 2013. Paige co-co-hosts the late-night variety show, Live From The Piano Kitchen.


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Three Headed Festival
Oct
26
to Nov 11

Three Headed Festival

THREE WEEKENDS, THREE SOLO PERFORMANCES, THREE CURATORS

Curated by co-producing artistic directors Florinda Bryant, Jenny Larson, and Diana Lynn Small. Salvage Vanguard announces The Three-Headed Festival of New Plays, including three weekends of solo performances that examine the fears and beasts ruling U.S. American life. Where do these pressures come from? What can be sourced to inspire monsters of hope, justice and reconciliation?

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Oct 26 - 28 Mad and a Goat by Diana Lynn Small
MAD & A GOAT is a two-woman show about one woman who, to free herself from college debt, joins a Wyoming goat farm she inherits from her occult-leader birth parents. Seduction. Biscuits. Goats. Money. Written and Directed by Diana Lynn Small. Featuring Marie Ponce and Paige Tautz

*ASL Performance and Community Diaglogue: Friday, October 27 with Rev. Carrie Graham. Carrie Graham is the founder and director of The Church Lab, a faith laboratory where Carrie facilitates inter-religious dialogue. Carrie is also a financial advisor, specifically exploring the intersections between money, debt and spirituality.

Community Dialogue's are post-show conversations that allow audience and artist to engage in meaningful dialogue about the work and the themes that the work invites.

Nov 2 - 4 You Never Can Always Sometimes Tell (work-in-progress) by Stacey Karen Robinson
“Y’all thought it was the end of the world, but we know different. Hyeah in this shaking… Hear in this shaking… As it begins~” Stacey Karen Robinson performs her new solo exploration. Mixing song, movement and her distinctive storytelling style. Written and Performed by Stacey Karen Robinson

*Community Dialogue: Nov 2nd Dr. Omi Osun Joni L. Jones. Omi Osun Joni L. Jones is an artist/scholar in UT Austin's African and African Diaspora Studies Department whose work focuses on performance ethnography, theatrical jazz, Yoruba-based aesthetics, Black Feminisms, and activist theatre. 

Nov 9 – 11 It’s a Travesty! One Night with Jazzie Mercado! by Travis Tate
It’s a Travesty! One Night with Jazzie Mercado! is a glitter-bombed elegy for the distances working to separate us from ourselves. Using song & spell, the show confesses & confounds our own personal histories, bodies, & loves, not so we may leave those things behind, but so we may carry those things with us, & so we may call this healing. Written and Performed by Travis Tate.

*Community Dialogue: Friday, November 10th with Priscilla Hale of allgo, a statewide queer people of color organization. Priscilla Hale, MSW, is currently the Director of allgo and has been with the organization since 1998. allgo celebrates and nurtures our vibrant queer people of color communities here in Texas and beyond through our cultural arts, wellness, and social justice programming. Conversation moderated by Carre Adams, Exhibit Coordinator at the Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center,

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Works Progress Austin: May 2017 Edition
Apr
15
7:30 PM19:30

Works Progress Austin: May 2017 Edition

Works Progress Austin, SVT’s script development series, launched in 2006, 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.  Works Progress Austin: 2017 Editionwill feature new works by writer and performer Taji Senior and playwright, director, and performer Amparo Garcia-Crow.

AMENDMENT by Taji Senior examines the pursuit of creating personhood for oneself after existing only as property. From a classroom in Chicago to a town hall meeting in Philadelphia, characters both real and imagined, implore one thing: a nation that considers their humanity too precious to be left as an afterthought or AMENDMENT.  Directed by Matrex Kilgore. 

STRIP by Amparo Garcia-Crow is an epic telling of the lives of the famous stripper Candy Barr, foul mouthed comedian Lenny Bruce, and entertainer extraordinaire Josephine Baker. A cautionary tale about the cost of “telling the truth.” What each of these characters have in common is the burlesque world. It is the place where each originated their famous acts. How Lenny, Candy, and Josephine intertwine and “bear it all” –is STRIP. 

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Thr3e Zisters by Lola Pierson and Yury Urnov
Jan
4
7:30 PM19:30

Thr3e Zisters by Lola Pierson and Yury Urnov

Salvage Vanguard Theater (SVT) announces the remount of their smash hit THR3E ZISTERS by Baltimore-based playwright Lola Pierson, conceived and directed by Yury Urnov of D.C.’s Woolly Mammoth.

Winner of 4 Austin Critics Table Awards including Best Production of a Comedy, a show the critics call “beautiful,” “fascinating,” and “seriously amazing.” Thr3e Zisters is an amalgamation of a modern adaption of Chekhov's Three Sisters, a literal translation of the original Russian text, and dramatic criticism of Chekhov's work. The piece explores the innate conflict between performing classic texts and the changing roles of gender and performance in contemporary culture.  Oh, and the sisters are zombies.

The synopsis: The three sisters have long been dead and buried. Vershinin, Tusenbach, and Suleny exhume them with the hopes of creating the perfect women for their pleasure. The sisters, unburied and ready to adapt to a new way of life, learn that there are already very stringent expectations in place for their arrivals.  

THR3E ZISTER’s Austin-based cast includes Heather Hanna, Jenny Larson, and Shawn Sides as the zombie sisters, and Jay Byrd, Zac Crofford, Robert Matney, and Noel Gaulin. The award-winning design team includes Ia Enstera , Natalie George, Jessica Gilzow, Robert Fisher, Alejandra Gracia and Andrew Hatcher. 

ABOUT YURY URNOV Born in Moscow, Russia, Yury graduated from the Russian Academy of Theater Art (GITIS) in 2000, and has directed over 40 productions in his home country, Europe, and Africa. He was one of the first to discover and direct plays by the generation of post-Soviet playwrights, who are now internationally recognized as the leaders of the New Russian Drama movement. Yury translated plays of Martin McDonagh, Sarah Ruhl, and Edward Albee into Russian, as well as a number of contemporary Russian plays into English. Since 2002, he has worked closely with the Center for International Theater Development (dir. Philip Arnoult) on a number of Russia – US cultural projects. In 2009-2011 he was a Fulbright Scholar in Residence at Towson University, MD. His recent directing credits in the US include Ubu Roi at Cutting Ball Theater in San Francisco, Marie Antoinette and You for Me for You at Woolly Mammoth Theater Company in DC, which Yury is a member of. 

ABOUT LOLA PIERSON Baltimore native Lola B. Pierson is a playwright, writer, and director. She is the co-artistic director of The Acme Corporation and the creator of Baltimore's Ten Minute Play Festival. Lola holds a B.A. in Human Rights and Playwriting from Bard College and a MFA in Theatre Arts from Towson University. She has been awarded "Best New Playwright" by the Baltimore City Paper and her production of Beckett's Play won "Best Production of the Year." Most recently she is the recent recipient of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance's Ruby Award for Literary Arts and the Baltimore City Paper's "Best of Baltimore" for her production of Peter Handke's Kaspar. During the day Lola works very happily alongside the wonderful people at Figure 53.

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With Great Difficulty Alice Sits by Hannah Kenah
Sep
25
7:30 PM19:30

With Great Difficulty Alice Sits by Hannah Kenah

Salvage Vanguard Theater (SVT) announces the world premiere production of Hannah Kenah’s new play With Great Difficulty Alice Sits.

Pregnancy enjoys exalted status in our society. It is a thrilling period in the life of a couple. People congratulate you; showers are thrown; classes are taken; doctors are assessed; nurseries are prepared. And then there are the questions, questions, questions - how are you? how far along are you? are you going to learn the sex of the baby? are you going to reveal the name of the baby? are you going to enroll the baby in early Spanish classes?

But nothing deadens joy like other people’s excitement.

With Great Difficulty Alice Sits is the story of Alice and Heath, a pregnant couple trapped in the most joyful time of their lives. They are expecting - and expecting and expecting and expecting and expecting. The longer they wait, the further they slip into anxiety and despair, and their possible daughter becomes an instrument of torment.

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 A List of People Who Might Enjoy This Play:

POSTER BY DEREK ROSENSTRAUCH

- People who are struggling with the decision of whether or not to have kids

- People who decided to have kids and are now questioning that decision

- People who enjoyed The Bad Seed or The Omen

- People who think raising kids is stupid

- People who enjoy raising kids but sometimes feel like crying

- People who do not like kids

- Kids who do not like people

- People who are exhausted or depressed

- People who feel older than their age

- People interested in the emotional and political complexities of reproductive rights

- People interested in the emotional and social complexities of parenting

- People who suspect their partners of having deeply failed at life

Warning: This play is only sometimes funny.

PHOTO BY ERICA NIX. LEFT RENNA LARSON AS FIRECLAY, RIGHT HANNAH KENAH AS ALICE

Performances by Derek Kolluri, Rupert Reyes, Renna Larson, and Hannah Kenah. Directed by Jenny Larson. Design by Stephanie Busing, Alyssa Dillard, Robert Fisher, Jessica Gilzow, and Julia Smith.

ABOUT HANNAH KENAH: Hannah Kenah is a performer, writer, and company member with the Rude Mechs and has been developing work with the company since 2008, including touring nationally with NOW NOW OH NOW and THE METHOD GUN, and performing in and co-writing their latest work FIELD GUIDE. She served as a co-creator, performer, and writer for Salvage Vanguard Theater's GUEST BY COURTESY which was selected for Fusebox Festival 2013 and has since traveled to Sofia, Bulgaria and Brooklyn, NY. In 2015 Hannah directed her play EVERYTHING IS ESTABLISHED for Physical Plant; the play received on honorable mention on the 2015 Kilroys List. Hannah is currently studying playwriting as a Michener Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin.    

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