MONROE by Lisa B. Thompson | THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD by Rupert Holmes | PARADISE by Wagner, Robertson & Sage I COPENHAGEN by Michael Frayn | THE BOOK OF WILL by Lauren Gunderson
by Dr. Lisa B. Thompson
September 7 - 30, 2018
Following the lynching death of her older brother, Cherry is haunted by the belief that God is telling her to leave the south. Set in rural Louisiana during the Great Migration, Monroe explores how the threat and aftermath of racial terror dominates the psyches of young African Americans, while offering hope for a better future.
THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD
by Rupert Holmes
November 24 – December 15, 2018
A Tony “Triple Crown” (Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Score). In Holmes’ play-within-a-play, the young and charming Edwin Drood has been murdered, but by whom? The audience is invited to play ultimate detective in this vaudeville-inspired whodunit musical, solving the mystery and choosing a different ending each night.
Music & Book by Cliff Wagner, Bill Robertson & Tom Sage
January 11 – February 3, 2019
Coming off of a sold out run in Los Angeles, Paradise, a sinfully divine bluegrass comedy, brings its irreverent, heart-warming, toe-tapping show to Austin Playhouse before heading across the country. This "down-on-their-luck" Southern coal mining town gets a big dose of reality when a charismatic Preacher, saucy Stripper, and greedy Hollywood production company show up to try to create their own version of the American Dream.
by Michael Frayn
April 5 – April 28, 2019
Considered the greatest play ever written about science, Michael Frayn’s multi-award-winning drama explores a fascinating mystery: why did German physicist Werner Heisenberg visit his Danish mentor and friend Niels Bohr during World War II? The spirits of these two men and Bohr’s wife Margrethe meet once again in the afterlife to attempt to answer that very question, discuss the intricacies of physics, and ponder the metaphysical— the very essence of human motivation.
THE BOOK OF WILL
by Lauren Gunderson
May 31 – June 30, 2019
Three years after Shakespeare’s death, his plays are constantly pirated and performed in inaccurate versions that tarnish the bard's legacy. Henry Condell and John Heminges, Shakespeare's friends and actors in the King’s Men, are determined to make sure true versions of the plays survive by compiling the First Folio, recapturing the words that shaped their lives. Guided by a sense of genuine loyalty, admiration, and what really matters in life, this determined lot will beg, borrow, and steal to make sure Shakespeare's Folio survives.
Theatre for Youth Production
SUMMER AND BIRD
by Katherine Catmull
May 3 - May 12, 2019
In Katherine Catmull’s stage adaptation of her own young-adult novel, sisters Summer and Bird set off on a quest to find their parents, who have mysteriously disappeared in the middle of the night. Named one of BOOKLIST's 2012 Top Ten First Novels for Youth, Catmull's story is "a sweeping tale that blends myth with the small, messy truths of family and relationships... a winner for both young readers and adults" (Austin American-Statesman).