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.