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Austin Playhouse 2022 - 2023 Season

Our full-season return to live theatre offers an engaging mix of comedies, dramas, new plays, and musical performances, all with opportunities for artists and audience to come together and celebrate the human experience.  It's the quality, professional theatre you love, performed in a new intimate venue in the heart of Austin. Whether you’re returning to Austin Playhouse or just discovering us for the first time, there’s a seat at the theater waiting for you.

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The (one-act) Play That Goes Wrong

by Henry Lewis, Henry Shields, and Jonathan Sayer

directed by Ben Wolfe

November 18 - December 18, 2022

Agatha Christie meets Noises Off in this hilarious new farce!

When The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society open their latest production, The Murder at Haversham Manor, everything that could go wrong does. This makes for a very difficult evening for the intrepid troupe and a side-splittingly fun evening for you.


Why we love it: After over two years of pivoting, rescheduling, and having just about everything that could go wrong in the theatre world happen, we're leaning into that chaos and having fun with this play where absolutely everything is a disaster! 

 

Nightbird

by R. Eric Thomas

directed by Marcus McQuirter

March 3 - 25, 2023

Join us for the world premiere of this wildly funny, topical,  and thought-provoking new play.

Chelle, an artist, has recently purchased her childhood home in Baltimore; her brother Willard is working on refurbishing it. But the home renovation takes a backseat as Willard prepares for a Juneteenth festival in the adjacent park and Chelle struggles with a recent commission: What should be built in place of a
recently removed Confederate monument? An eyesore. And an opportunity.


Why we love it: This play nails the difficult task of being wildly funny and thought-provoking. We're incredibly excited to introduce Austin to this piece and Mr. Thomas' work.

 

Indecent

by Paula Vogel

directed by Lara Toner Haddock

musical direction by Lyn Koenning

choreography by Adam Roberts

April 21 - May 14, 2023

The fascinating true story of Sholem Asch's controversial play, The God of Vengeance, and the artists who risked everything to bring it to the stage.

Indecent follows the journey of a small theatre company as they tell us the story of Asch’s play from its origins in Poland 1907. The play achieved great success on the stages of Europe and in the Yiddish theatre scene of downtown New York City. But when an English-translation was attempted on Broadway, it proved too scandalous for the general public, and the entire cast was arrested and charged with obscenity.


Why we love it: Indecent celebrates the love, magic, and hope of the theatre even in the face of insurmountable adversity.

(image by Five & Four Design)

 

 

Big Fish

music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa

book by John August

June 2 - July 1, 2023

An extraordinary musical that celebrates the magic of theatre and the power of a great story. Based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish tells the story of Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some!
Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him. But his son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales.


Why we love it: Big Fish is a story overflowing with heart and humor. We're producing the intimate 12-actor version that's perfect for our company.