Different Stages 2021-2022 Season
Larissa FastHorse’s The Thanksgiving Play
November 19-December 11, 2021
Different Stages returns to live performances with Larissa Fasthorse’s (Sicangu Lakota Nation) The Thanksgiving Play. Ah, Thanksgiving, that most American of holidays: when families gather to bask in the bounty of the harvest, football, giant balloons — and a legacy of genocide and violent colonial expansion. Good intentions collide with absurd assumptions in this wickedly funny satire as a troupe of terminally “woke” teaching artists trip all over themselves to create a politically correct, yet historically accurate, yet dramatically revolutionary, yet accurately represented and responsibly cast Thanksgiving play for elementary schools.
The Cricket on the Hearth
by Charles Dickens
adapted by Norman Blumensaadt
Charles Dickens is often described as the man who invented Christmas but it is not quite true. The songs and stories of Christmas, its traditional foods and gifts, its religious and social rites are very much part of lower-and middle-class English life. Dickens made a popular festival mean more.
Ground Floor Theatre, Saturday January 22, 2022 at 8 pm
Readings of Two Pulitzer Winning Plays by Women
Miss Lulu Bett
An American Comedy of Manners
by Zona Gale
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize 1920
The Vortex Saturday April 9 at 2 pm
In small town Wisconsin, we meet Miss Lulu Bett, the 34-year-old unmarried sister of Mrs. Ina Deacon. Lulu is a servant in the family home, earning her keep by taking care of the household. A visit from Deacon's impulsive brother Ninian brings unexpected romance and a marriage proposal. Seizing the chance to leave the Deacon home, Lulu marries Ninian and sets off to begin a new life. However, Ninian's past is discovered, destroying their relationship. Lulu reluctantly returns to the Deacon home, faced with the dreadful dilemma of telling the truth or lying to save the family's reputation.
Water by the Spoonful
by Quiara Alegría Hudes
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize 2012
The Vortex Saturday July 23
Somewhere in Philadelphia, Elliot has returned from Iraq and is working at Subway while trying to jump-start his acting career. Scattered throughout the world in chat rooms, recovering addicts keep each other alive, hour by hour, day by day. In this surging drama by Quiara Alegría Hudes (In the Heights), the boundaries of family and community are stretched across continents and cyberspace as birth families splinter and online families collide. Water by the Spoonful is a heartfelt meditation on lives on the brink of redemption.
by George Bernard Shaw
June 17 - July 2, 2022 At The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd,
Austin, TX 78722
Directed by Will Douglas
When Ellie Dunn joins a house party at the home of the eccentric Captain Shotover, she causes a stir with her decision to marry for money rather than love, and the Captain’s forthright daughter Hesione protests vigorously against the pragmatic young woman’s choice. Opinion on the matter quickly divides and a lively argument about money and morality, idealism and realism ensues as Hesione’s rakish husband, snobbish sister, and Ellie’s fiancé--a wealthy industrialist—enter the debate.
Written during the heart of World War I, Heartbreak House is Shaw at his most thought-provoking, amusing and touching. Bursting with wit and a deep compassion for the foibles of mere mortals, Heartbreak House is an exhilarating comic masterpiece.
Shining City by Connor McPherson
September 18 – October 9, 2022 Trinity Street Playhouse
901 Trinity St, 4th Floor, First Baptist Church, Austin, Tx 78701 Directed by: Norman Blumensaadt
Shining City is a brilliant, haunting play from the multi-award-winning author of The Weir.
Ian has left the priesthood to become a therapist. John is one of his first clients. John's wife has been killed in a car accident, and he keeps receiving visits from her ghost. John, with Ian's help, starts to recover. But what begins as an unusual encounter becomes a desperate struggle between the living and the dead – a struggle which will shape and define both of them for the rest of their lives.
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