Works Progress Vancouver: Heaven Born Wind

Works Progress Vancouver: Heaven Born Wind

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. 

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black do crack by Florinda Bryant

black do crack by Florinda Bryant

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.

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House Play by Diana Lynn Small

House Play by Diana Lynn Small

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?

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Three Headed Festival

Three Headed Festival

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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“Casta”: A Drama League “Next Stage” residency

 “Casta”: A Drama League “Next Stage” residency

Salvage Vanguard Theater (SVT) announces Casta, a Drama League “Next Stage” residency.  Casta by playwright Adrienne Dawes, directed by Jenny Larson and in collaboration composer Graham Reynolds, is a new performance piece inspired by the casta paintings of Nueva España (Mexico).

This May, SVT takes Casta to New York for development. With support from the Drama League, SVT will bring Jenny, Adrienne, three Austin actors,  and Graham Reynolds to New York for a weeklong workshop. At the end of the week of exploration and experimentation the team will invite a small audience to witness the piece in its current state.

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Thr3e Zisters by Lola Pierson and Yury Urnov

Thr3e Zisters by Lola Pierson and Yury Urnov

Winner of 4 Austin Critics Table Awards including Best Production of a Comedy, a show the critics call “beautiful,” “fascinating,” and “seriously amazing.” 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.  

Tickets can be purchased on-line HERE

Cast and crew bios HERE

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A first look at Casta

A first look at Casta

Salvage Vanguard Theater (SVT) announces the workshop performance of Casta (working title), a new performance piece in development by playwright Adrienne Dawes in collaboration with visual artist Beth Consetta Rubel. Casta is presented as part of SVT’s Works Progress Austin new play development series.

Casta (working title) explores these constructed images of colonial bodies and the failed attempts of the government to control its subjects through increasing social regulations. 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: August 27th at 8pm / FREE

TICKETS: http://salvagevanguard.org/tickets/

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Guest by Courtesy Brooklyn Tour

Guest by Courtesy Brooklyn Tour

GUEST BY COURTESY has, thus far, delighted audiences in Texas and in Eastern Europe. We are now adding Brooklyn to that esteemed list. As part of Brooklyn Yards AUSTIN EXCHANGE, GUEST BY COURTESY will run in rep with Diana Small’s MAD AND A GOAT in an East Bed-Stuy living room.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
July 22- 25 7:30pm / July 27- 30 7:30pm / Graham Reynolds plays live July 22 and 23

TICKETS
http://www.brooklynyard.org/

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Unlived Lives

Unlived Lives

UNLIVED LIVES
April 2nd 2am- 5am

Unlived Lives is an encounter of people working in a similar artistic field in different spots of the world. During the process Jenny Larson, Ida Daniel, Graham Reynolds and Todor Stoyanov will explore what we take for granted in life on both sides of the Ocean. The work will examine the differences in the life we live and the life that we haven’t lived (yet or never).  

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Denim Doves

Denim Doves

Denim Doves by Adrienne Dawes

January 21st- February 13th 2016

“You are safe here, Sister.” Inside the compound walls, five fertile sister-wives enjoy many freedoms. Free sleep. Free Welches grape. Free laughter. Free denims of every length. Set in a dystopian future (which feels a lot like the mid 1990s), Denim Doves is a collaboratively devised feminist farce that explores themes of women in subjugation and the hilarious consequences of a rigid dick-tatorship. 

Tickets HERE

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Naked as a Gaybird

Naked as a Gaybird

Naked as a Gaybird by Jay Byrd

November 5th- 21st 2015 in the SVT Studio Theater

Naked as a Gaybird is Jay Byrd’s journey through a life of discovery, of hiding in closets, of learning about the body functions of boys and beasts, of sex and shame and naïveté, and of a pivotal moment in life when he was forced to look in the mirror and admit things to himself honestly.

A hilarious one man show, Naked as a Gaybird is told through childlike animation, object puppetry, and conversations—like a tale told around a campfire to a new close friend after a couple of beers, with a song thrown in here and there for good measure. 

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