August 2015 Austin Theatre Roundup for Kids and Adults

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There’s no doubt that Austin is flush with creative, artistic individuals. Beyond the live music shows that we’re so well-known for, Austin is also home to a thriving performing arts scene. While it make take extra planning and prepping for us busy moms to get a night out at the theatre, it’s such a worthwhile and emotionally satisfying activity. So get out there in 2015! Take advantage of our city’s “culture of creativity”. Enjoy some singing, dancing, and storytelling that will move you, entertain you, and inspire you.



Children’s Theatre Roundup for August:

What’s the Story, Steve?
ColdTowne Theater

Help Steve and his cast of improvisers bring original stories to the stage! These 50 minute live performances feature Steve the improvising poodle. Each show is a unique story inspired by audience suggestion. All ages welcome. Tickets at the door. Volunteer to be a part of the show or enjoy from your seat.
Every Saturday
Shows at 10am, pay as you wish

The Flying Theater Machine
Hideout Theatre
In “Dinos!”, the audience and performers will create a prehistoric adventure together. Using suggestions from the audience, a group of dinosaurs will show you what life was like in an era before time. Join us for “Dinos!” to experience a journey through the time of the dinosaurs. In these fully improvised stories, we’ll find many opportunities for the children in the audience (and sometimes their adults!) to participate and guide the story and even play on stage! Feel free to come in your best dinosaur costume and get into the action!
Every Sunday
Shows at 2pm, $5

Hairspray
Zilker Hillside Theatre
Winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Hairspray is a high-energy musical comedy phenomenon that will have the whole Hillside on their feet! Set in 1962 Baltimore, this musical is chock full of dazzling, toe-tapping production numbers and soulful rhythm and blues. Read more about the production here.
July 10 – August 15
Shows on Thursdays through Sundays at 8:30pm, FREE

Happily Ever After
Hideout Theatre

Happily Ever After is an improvised musical fairy tale inspired by Disney classics like Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid, as well as newer favorites like Tangled and Frozen. Magic, princesses, heroes, villains and mood-enhancing musical fish all come to life in this completely off the cuff performance. In the tradition of the work that inspires it, Happily Ever After will be family-friendly, and is suitable for all ages.
July 11 – August 29
Saturdays at 8pm, $12

Guys & Dolls
Rollins Theater at the Long Center
Get ready to rock, shake and roll, because Broadway’s “perfect musical comedy” is coming to Summer Stock Austin! The Tony-winning Guys and Dolls is rocking the boat in Austin this summer. Guys and Dolls follows a fly-by-night gambler as he attempts to woo a Salvation Army missioner for a $1,000 bet. Meanwhile, a beleaguered showgirl tries to hook her fiancé of 14 years, the founder of “the oldest, established, permanent, floating crap game in New York. Guys and Dolls introduces audiences to a cast of characters who have become legends in the musical theatre world. The world-famous musical comedy has been revived on Broadway four times, and is best known for the 1955 film of the same name, starring Frank Sinatra, Jean Simmons, and Marlon Brando. Frank Loesser’s toe-tapping score, including fan-favorites such as “Luck Be a Lady,” “Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat,” and “I’ve Never Been In Love Before” is the perfect music to complement Runyon’s colorful characters. Go back to the days of classic Broadway- you’ll love it a bushel and a peck and hug around the neck. Presented by Summer Stock Austin, made up of students from across Texas who meet to mount several productions with professionals from Austin and around the country in a one-of-a-kind experience.
July 24 – August 16
Wednesdays-Sundays at 7:30pm, 10am, Saturdays at 2pm, $25

Aladdin, Jr.aladdin
Sam Bass Community Theatre
(Round Rock)
Aladdin Jr. is a one-act, seven-scene theatre musical adapted from the animated Disney film Aladdin which is an adaptation of the folk tale Aladdin. The production runs between 60 and 80 minutes and includes five female parts, six male parts, and a chorus. Aladdin Jr. is both the story and music in this truncated version closely follow the original film. Songs from the Disney film include “Arabian Nights,” “One Jump Ahead, “Friend Like Me,” “Prince Ali,” and “A Whole New World,” as well as the song “Why Me” which is sung by Jafar and Iago. It was originally written for the Disney film, but it was not included in it.
July 24 – August 15 (no show August 9)
Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm; $10+

Tortoise & Hare
Rollins Theater at the Long Center
Ancient vs. modern. Brain vs. brawn. Peace vs. war. Sacred vs. secular. Poor vs. rich. Reptile vs. mammal. The ultimate culture clash between two tribes and a fantastical race to decide the fate of them all. Musical styles collide in this energetic new re-imagining of the ancient fable, Tortoise & Hare. Presented by Summer Stock Austin, made up of students from across Texas who meet to mount several productions with professionals from Austin and around the country in a one-of-a-kind experience.
July 26 – August 15
Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10am, Sundays at 2pm, $14

Into the Woods
Rollins Theater at the Long Center
What happens after the “happily ever after?” Take that question, a slew of our favorite fairytale characters, and Stephen Sondheim’s unparalleled score and you have Into the Woods. James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning musical follows Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and more of our favorite characters in this fractured (musical!) fairytale. A childless baker and his wife endeavor to lift their family curse by journeying into the woods, where they encounter Rapunzel (and her witchly “mother”), Cinderella, Jack (of Beanstalk fame), Little Red Riding Hood and other classic fairy tale characters, and they all must learn the responsibility that comes with getting what you want. Into the Woods first opened on Broadway in 1987, was revived in 2002, and most recently became a feature film starring Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, and Emily Blunt. From the depths of the woods, to the steps of the palace, to the Rollins Studio Theatre… sit back, relax, and be careful what you wish for. Presented by Summer Stock Austin, made up of students from across Texas who meet to mount several productions with professionals from Austin and around the country in a one-of-a-kind experience.
July 29 – August 16
Tuesdays-Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm, $25

The Lit Live! League’s Little Red Riding Hood
APL Manchaca Road Branch

Literature Live! performances bring stories to life using puppetry, storytelling, and dramatization with lively dialogue, beautiful sets and a ready invitation to audiences to immerse themselves in story. Lit Live League!, Austin Public Library’s own teen puppeteer troupe, presents this classic tale of a little girl, her grandmother and the wolf that almost put an end to it all. This show is recommended for ages 5 and up.
August 8
Show begins at 4pm, FREE

As You Like It
The Emily Ann Theatre
(Wimberley)
The EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens is proud home to the Shakespeare Under the Stars program, a 6-week summer Shakespeare Intensive (ages 12-graduating senior). The students audition for roles in the production that will be put on this summer. Our show this summer will be As You Like It, set in the roaring 20s.
August 6 – 15 (no show August 9)
Nightly at 8:15pm, $10+

Romeo and Juliet
Whisenhunt Stage at the ZACH Theatre
A bustling city. Feuding families. And a pair of young lovers. Set against a vibrant backdrop, bursting full of excitement, technology, dancing, and music, a company of young actors reimagine the most famous love story of all time. This swift, contemporary celebration of Shakespeare’s much loved drama brings Romeo and Juliet to life for a new generation.
August 7 & 8
Saturday at 7pm, Sunday at 2:30 & 7pm, $10

Junie B. Jones
Boyd Vance Theater at the George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center
It’s Junie B.’s first day of first grade and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie’s friend Lucille doesn’t want to be her best pal anymore, and on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher Mr. Scary thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal”, and first grade has never been more exciting.
August 8 – 23
Saturdays at 11am, 2pm & 4pm, Sundays at 2pm & 4pm, FREE (Gala Fundraiser on August 14 at 8pm; suggested donation $20)

A Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom
Whisenhunt Stage at the ZACH Theatre
Bradley Chalkers is a fifth grade bully. He has trouble making friends and a serious behavior problem. Then, the school gets a counselor, Carla, who seems to be the only person proud to be Bradley’s friend and she helps him with his problem. Will Bradley ever get a gold star, another friend, or overcome his problem? Will Carla ever leave? Find out in this moving and funny adaptation of Louis Sachar’s best selling book.
August 14 & 15
Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 2:30 & 7pm, $10

Robin Hood vs. the Potter
Scottish Rite Theater
Hear ye! Hear ye! Direct from Sherwood Forest Faire, Robin Hood and his merry band of outlaws are stirring up mischief again at the Austin Scottish Rite Theater. The Legends of Robin Hood: Robin Hood vs. the Potter brings you heroes of Sherwood Forest outwitting the Sheriff of Nottingham in the original adventure story of Merry Olde England. An audience favorite, this return engagement features an all-new episode in the Robin Hood legend.
August 14 – 23
August 14 at 8pm, Saturdays at 11am & 1pm, Sundays at 12:30pm & 2pm, $7/children under 12 and $12 adults

Guys and Dolls
Kam and James Morris Theatre
(Lakeway)
With its unforgettable songs by Frank Loesser including “Luck Be A Lady,” “I’ve Never Been In Love Before,” and “Sit Down Your Rockin’ The Boat,” this show features a cast of gamblers, gals and gangsters. Fun for the whole family, GUYS AND DOLLS is musical entertainment you can bet on!
August 14 – 23
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm, $48+

Forever Plaid
The Ground Floor Theatre
Once upon a time, there were four guys (Sparky, Smudge, Jinx and Frankie) who discovered they shared a love for music, and then got together to become their idols – The Four Freshman, The Hi-Lo’s and The Crew Cuts. Rehearsing in the basement of Smudge’s family’s plumbing supply company they became “The Plaids”. On the way to their first big gig, the “Plaids” are slammed broadside by a school bus fill with catholic schoolgirls on their way to see the Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show…and killed instantly. It is at the moment when their careers and lives end, that the story of Forever Plaid begins. Chocked full of the greatest songs of the 50’s and 60’s, Forever Plaid is great for the entire family!
August 14 – 29
August 14, 15, 20, 21, 27, 28 & 29 at 7:30pm; August 22 at 2pm & 7:30pm; August 16 & 23 at 3pm;  $20+

All Ages Improv Night
ColdTowne Theater
Each week, we welcome one or two troupes of young performers and an established adult troupe to improvise original shows. In addition to family friendly performances, each show features an Improv Jam. Audience members are invited to join performers on stage for low pressure, supportive and occasionally very silly improv. Children 6 and under might prefer the Saturday morning show, What’s the Story Steve, but they are welcome at this show.
August 16
5-6:15pm, Pay as you wish (suggested donation: $3-$5)

Central Austin Arts Block Party
Long Center
Ten of Austin’s best and brightest arts organizations invite you to an unprecedented joint effort – the Austin Arts Block Party celebrating more than 138 shows, concerts, exhibits and events through the 2015-2016 season! This event offers some of the year’s very best and exclusive discount ticket opportunities! Come experience the best dance, music and theatre that Austin has to offer! Learn more about the organizations, sample upcoming productions, enjoy performances, check out the Kids’ Zone, and see behind-the-scenes tours. RSVP for a chance to win prizes.
August 23
1pm, FREE


Theatre Roundup for the Older Kids and Grown-Ups for August:

The Free Fringe
Hideout Theatre

free fringeThere are hundreds of performers, and every single one of them is prone to saying things like “Wouldn’t it be crazy if…?” or “I just had the most insane idea.” This is where those dreams go, not to die, but to live gloriously on the stage for one night only. Every week will be dramatically different. There could be shows with improvisers tied up in rope, 50 performers onstage, blindfolded actors, improvising dogs, or 1000 other things. THE FREE FRINGE IS FREE. FOREVER. Reserve your tickets in advance to guarantee yourself a spot.
Every Thursday
Shows start at 10pm

Loverboy Presents: Date Night
ColdTowne Theatre

Married? Dating? In a serious relationship with your cat? This show is for you! Loverboy Presents: Date Night is a variety show featuring three different comedic acts based on matters of the heart. Come and see performers from all over the Austin comedy scene, including improv, stand-up, sketch and beyond! Each show closes with an improv performance from Loverboy. Loverboy uses real dating stories to inspire their fast-paced and exciting improv show. Each performance features a different guest monologist that will delight the audience with their most shocking, cringe-worthy and downright hilarious tales of dating gone wrong (or right!). BYOB!
Every Thursday in August
Shows start at 8:30pm, $5

Movie Riot
ColdTowne Theater

Movie RiotPrepare for MOVIE RIOT— a live improvised comedy double header event. Two teams of comedy juggernauts take the ColdTowne Theater stage to create brand new never-before-seen movies live on stage. From a title or song lyric, the performers will lovingly craft complete improvised films, all made up on the spot. But the fun doesn’t end there. Add in free popcorn and movie candies (and for a limited time FREE MAGARITAS), you’ll get a recipe for a killer cinema-inspired live comedy event.
Every Friday
Show starts at 7pm, $5

Close Up, an Improvised Mockumentary Comedy
Hideout Theatre

An improvised comedic narrative in the style of The Office, Parks & Rec, and Modern Family as well as borrowing from mockumentaries like Best in Show.
Saturdays in August at 6pm, $10

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The Hideout presents twelve of Austin’s virtuoso improv comedians for a night of games and scenes based on audience suggestions — but only one of them will make it to the end of the show and be crowned MAESTRO for the week and awarded the coveted Canadian five-dollar bill. Also, all Maestro shows are now wheelchair accessible as they are performed in the Downstairs Theater. To guarantee a space ahead of time e-mail Artistic Director Roy Janik at roy@hideouttheatre.com.
Every Saturday (no show on July 4th)
Shows at 10pm, $12

Second Sunday Comedy Showcase
ZACH Theatre

Watch the improv all-stars of Austin, The Known Wizards, headline this improv comedy showcase with spontaneous scenes, hilarious games, surprisingly good songs, and fantastic stories all made up on the spot based on audience input. You say it, we play it–like magic! The August show features a Free Improv Jam Night with special guest History Under the Influence!
Second Sundays (August 9, September 13, October 11, November 8, December 22), $9

Catch Me If You Can (Wimberley)
The Wimberley Playhouse

An engaging musical based on an incredible true story. A teenager with boyish charm, a big imagination and millions in forged checks runs away and successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer—until an FBI agent catches up with him. As the inevitable chase begins, an unlikely friendship is forged and the teen and the agent find a way to work together. Spectacular dance numbers—a big, bold musical delight!
July 9 – August 2 (Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:30pm), $15+

Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies
ZACH Theatre

Welcome to Harlem’s famed Cotton Club in this stylish, brassy musical celebration of Duke Ellington’s greatest musical hits. A full on-stage orchestra backs superb jazz vocalists, extraordinary tap dancers, dazzling deco costumes, and unforgettable torch singers who bring classics like “Mood Indigo,” “Take the A Train,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” to vivid life in this grand Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. Never before produced in Austin!
July 15 – August 23
Wednesdays-Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:30pm plus Wilde Night on 7/16, post-show discussion on 7/22 and champagne opening post-show party on 7/23), $25+

Twelfth Night
Winedale Theatre Barn

One of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, Twelfth Night sends audiences on a roller coaster of love and mistaken identities. When Viola is shipwrecked on the foreign coast of Illyria, believing her twin brother drowned, she disguises herself as a boy, only to fall in love with the Duke she now serves, who loves Olivia, who is loved by Malvolio, who is hated by everyone. This play is a delightful and bewildering comedy that highlights the madness that afflicts all lovers.
July 16 – August 9
August 2 at 7:30pm, August 8 at 2pm, $5+

Henry V
Winedale Theatre Barn

From the palaces in London to the vasty fields of Agincourt, Henry V leads his troops in an all-or-nothing quest for the crown of France. But this campaign will test the limits of bravery and loyalty of Henry and his men. Henry V is a stunning exploration of the human spirit in the face of war.
July 17 – August 9
August 1 at 2pm, August 6 at 7:30pm, August 9 at 2pm, $5+

Closer
Dougherty Arts Center

Closer examines the destructive and deceitful relationships of four people in London. Alice, the young stripper, meets Dan, who writes obituaries, after an accident. Dan meets Anna, the photographer, while trying to promote his new book. Larry, the doctor, stumbles upon Dan (pretending to be Anna) in an internet chat room. Larry finds Anna at the aquarium. From there, the four play at loving one another, though they cannot seem to keep their relationships and the boundaries between them straight. Alice loves Dan. Dan loves Alice, but also Anna. Anna loves Larry, but also Dan.
July 17 – August 2
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm, $10+

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The Institution Theater

Like a little bad boy in your man? A wayward preacher’s kid, perhaps a not-so-polished professor? Then the 2015 Boys of Summer is your ticket to satisfaction! Watch as these seemingly straight-laced men shed their decorum and take turns singing and dancing as the stars of “Girls Girls Girls’s: Boys of Summer Improvised Comedy Musicals!” A new “boy” will guest star alongside Girls Girls Girls for each show as they perform their signature format – a Broadway-style musical comedy created in the moment from an audience suggestion, complete with storyline, songs, and multiple characters.
July 17 – August 1
Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, $10

Pericles
Winedale Theatre Barn

Facing pirates, bawds, assassins, shipwrecks, and goddesses, Pericles must sail across the entire Mediterranean in search of love and family. Adventure after adventure follows, no matter where his ship lands. But miracles are possible in this fairy tale full of twisting destinies and divine intervention.
July 18 – August 9
August 2 at 2pm, August 8 at 7:30pm, $5+

MAST
Salvage Vanguard Theatre

On an Air Force base outside Abilene, TX, Anne, a rancher’s daughter, and Walter, a globe-trotting journalist, conceive a child in the heat of wartime frenzy. The two recklessly elope to the Trujillo-oppressed Dominican Republic and face the edges and ends of themselves. Based on the legacy from Doss’s own mid-century Texan relatives, MAST is a photograph that spans the decades of Anne and Walter’s estranged lives, un-posed, only half-exposed and lost at sea.
July 23 – August 8 (Thursday-Saturdays at 8pm), $10+

John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi
Winedale Theatre Barn

When the high-born Duchess of Malfi falls in love with her household steward, they hide their secret marriage from the Duchess’ powerful and ambitious brothers. But when the lovers are discovered, the brothers unleash the most horrific kind of revenge possible. This twisted tale of sibling rivalry, forbidden love, and unrestrained madness is a gorgeous piece of poetry from one of Shakespeare’s greatest contemporaries, John Webster.
July 24 – August 9
August 1, 7 & 9 at 7:30pm, $5+

Tartuffe
VORTEX Theatre

What happens when hypocrisy is rewarded and lies become the language of power? When fallacy is the status quo and history keeps repeating itself, how do we change our world? In The VORTEX Summer Youth Theatre’s fresh adaptation of Moliere’s classic comedy, a seemingly pious Tartuffe ingratiates himself to the wealthy Orgon, gaining access to his home and throwing his family into chaos. As Orgon falls for the ruse, Tartuffe’s deceit takes an unexpected turn. Using dance, chess, and biting comedy, the SYT ensemble transforms Tartuffe’s challenge into a fast-paced, unpredictable game. When truth is brought upon a society riddled with lies, who will come out on top?
July 24 – August 1
July 24-26, 30-31, August 1 at 8pm, $15+

Blazing Guns at Roaring Gulch
Way Off Broadway Community Players Theatre

Aspen Print (you could just call her A.P.) is a crusading young newspaper editor in the town of Four Corners, Colorado. The office of the Colorado Clarion is situated where four states meet: Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico. The play takes place in the lobby of the Roaring Gulch Hotel where the hero, Harry Heartstone, is found in hot pursuit of the villain, Snipe Vermin. Here the story takes an unusual turn because the villain and hero are twin brothers (played by the same actor.) It is inevitable that the two should meet in a face-to-face gunfight that takes place in a most interesting manner in the closing minutes of the show.
July 24 – August 8
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, August 2 at 3pm; $10/children, $15 students & seniors and $20/adults

Activate: Heartbeats
ZACH’s Topher Theatre

Using interviews, creative writing, movement, digital media, and taking inspiration from the title “Heartbeats” you will create an original theatre performance investigating the power of relationships. This production will be an original collage play that gives voice to your own diverse experiences and the stories of others. Does the world of dating boggle your mind or intrigue you? What story will you tell? The camp culminates in a performance at ZACH and in the community. NOTE: Heartbeats is offered in partnership with SafePlace’s Expect Respect program.
July 31 (7pm) – August 1 (2:30 & 7pm), $10

Love! Valour! Compassion!
The City Theatre

Love! Valour! Compassion! is hailed by many critics as McNally at the top of his form. The play centers on eight gay men who vacation together at an upstate New York country home for three summertime holiday weekends. The friends gather together to confront their lives, loves and friendships, exploring the boundaries of their relationships and some of life’s most profound and difficult questions.
July 31 – August 23
Thursday-Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 5:30pm, $15+

The Tree Play
Ground Floor Theatre

The Tree Play is an original agitprop folk tale for the theatre, provoked by the deforestation of the Amazon. The play’s multidisciplinary, open staging urges actors and audience to share an exploration of themes of love, survival and our kinship with Nature.
August 6 – 8
Thursday & Friday at 7:30 & 9pm, Saturday at 7:30pm & 9pm, $21

The Spark
Salvage Vanguard Theater

The Spark is an honest account of coming to terms with a mental illness. This play takes the audience into the inner workings of a young man facing the hardships of being forced to accept being bipolar. We address social issues surrounding mental illness and show a side of mental illness very few people talk about.
August 6 – 8
Shows begin at 8pm, Pay sliding scale of $10-$20 at the Box Office one hour prior to show

Robin Hood: An Elegy
VORTEX Theatre

Robin Hood: An Elegy follows a Black Robin Hood who magically transcends space and time experiencing state-sanctioned racism. Set both 2015 and the past, Robin’s plight hails #blacklivesmatter in a struggle to assert humanity, dignity, and cunning against long-standing foes. In an age-old fight against white supremacy for justice and freedom, will Robin prevail?
August 7 – 22
Thursdays-Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 7pm, $10+

SSA Alumni Performance: The Next Chapter
Rollins Studio Theatre

Summer Stock Austin celebrates the start of its second decade and its new affiliation with the Long Center for the Performing Arts with an evening featuring songs from past award-winning productions and shows that may be appearing in upcoming SSA seasons. The evening will feature performances for guest artists from the Austin theatre community, SSA alums and current company members.
August 10
Show begins at 7:30pm, $35+

Totally Committed
King-Seabrook Chapel at Huston-Tillotson Chapel

Ryan and Morgan are a couple who seemingly have it all. Great careers and a wonderful marriage and are the envy of most. However, what glitters ain’t always gold. When there’s the pressures and drama of life, is it possible to remain Totally Committed?
August 14 & 15
Shows begin at 7pm, $7+

Austin One Minute Play Festival
Salvage Vanguard Theatre

One-minute plays by 40 active Austin playwrights were commissioned for this special annual event and developed with #1MPF’s playmaking process.
August 17 – 19
Shows at 8pm, $20

Nothing and Everything: Improvised Anton Chekov Plays
Rollins Studio Theatre

The Hideout Theatre presents Nothing and Everything: Improvised Anton Chekhov Plays at The Long Center for four evenings of boundary-pushing improvisational theatre. This 2014 sold-out sensation brought audiences to their feet and left theater-goers requesting its return. The original cast, featuring many of Austin’s most experienced improvisers, reunite to create brand new stories of idle, turn-of-the-century provincial Russian lives on The Rollins Stage for one weekend only. Nothing and Everything will explore new Chekhovian worlds, in which nothing seems to happen except the timeless struggles of day-to-day life: love, fear, longing, suffering, happiness, and death. Starting with details provided by the audience, an estate of people with real hopes and fears will emerge into a full night of comedy and tragedy.
August 20 – 23
Thursday-Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 7pm, $18+

Tender Rough Rough Tender
The Off Center

It’s the hottest summer on record in Austin, Texas. Bell is at capacity, working to empty her life; Mike is trying to fill his up. As Bell serves pancakes at a 24-hour diner, she dissolves her troubles in drink – lots and lots of drink. Mike’s sorrow over losing a woman he rescued from her burning house feeds his need to conquer his loneliness and the wildfire blazing just outside of town. They meet at a party, but it takes the whole play for them to really see each other through sex, isolation, natural and unnatural disasters. TENDER ROUGH ROUGH TENDER asks us to look again at what we think we know, and asks us all to tell each other how we want to get the things we need.
August 21 – 30
August 21-24, 27-29 at 8pm, August 30 at 2pm, $15

Hunger
VORTEX Theatre

Spokenword artist Ebony Stewart examines Hunger in her new one-woman show, premiering for two weeks only at The VORTEX. With a decade of experience in spoken word, slam poetry, and performance, Stewart has established herself as a vital voice in American theatre. Stewart has been touring professionally around the U.S. and now returns to Austin to roar her truth with this unapologetic cascade of poetry and theatre. Open up to the space between forgiveness and farewell. Directed by Zell Miller III.
August 27 – September 5
Thursdays-Saturdays at 8pm, $10+

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A native Austinite and soccer-playing mom, Nicole uses her 10-year-old son as an excuse to rediscover her hometown through his eyes. In Thoreau's words, her mission is to "suck out all the marrow of life", or in her son's words, to cultivate in him a love of "advenchers".

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