Austin Playhouse 2023-24 Season
From fresh takes on cherished classics to acclaimed new work, every production in our 24th Season
is a celebration of the power of theatre to inspire, entertain, surprise, and transform.
by C. Denby Swanson
September 22 - October 15, 2023
A delightfully dark comedy about women scorned in Minnesota and the really, really nice gangsters-Norwegian hit men-they hire to whack their ex-boyfriends. Austin Playhouse produced the Austin premiere by local playwright C. Denby Swanson in 2015. We're thrilled to bring back Tor, Gus, Olive, and Betty for another round!
*The Norwegians is for mature audiences and contains adult language and themes.
Murder on the Links
by Steven Dietz from the novel by Agatha Christie
December 1 - 30, 2023 | REGIONAL PREMIERE
Something's afoul on the private golf course at Merlinville-Sur-Mer - namely the body of Hercule Poirot's newest client. Acclaimed playwright Steven Dietz brings the famed Belgian detective to life to solve one of Agatha Christie's most intricate whodunits. Of course, there are the host of usual - and - unusual suspects. A cast of six versatile actors embody a myriad of characters as they navigate the twists and turns of this lively and fun new comic-mystery.
The Spitfire Grill
music and book by James Valcq lyrics by Fred Alley
directed by Lara Toner Haddock
January 26 - February 18, 2024
Based on the hit film and featuring a gorgeous, folk-inspired score, The Spitfire Grill is a heartwarming and inspirational musical tale of redemption and perseverance. Ex-convict Percy Talbott moves to Gilead, Wisconsin, a tiny town that has seen better days and isn't looking to help a stranger. What she finds will help both town and outsider find their way to renewal.
Born With Teeth
by Liz Duffy Adams
directed by Ben Wolfe
April 5 - 28, 2024 | AUSTIN PREMIERE
An aging ruler, an oppressive police state, a restless polarized people seething with paranoia: it's a dangerous time for poets. Two of them-the great Kit Marlowe and the up-and-comer Will Shakespeare-meet to collaborate on a history play cycle, navigate the perils of art under a totalitarian regime, and flirt like young men with everything to lose. One may well be the death of the other.
by Kate Hamill, from the novel by Jane Austen
directed by Lara Toner Haddock
May 31 - June 30, 2024 | REGIONAL PREMIERE
Emma Woodhouse prides herself on being a matchmaker with an impeccable track record, much to the chagrin of her dear friend Mr. Knightley. However, her best-laid plans are turned upside down by unpredictable displays of affection, unexpected rivals and Emma's sudden realization that true love may have been under her nose all along. With screwball comedy and surprises aplenty, this fresh, fast-paced new adaptation interprets the Jane Austen classic with delightfully unconventional flair.
2023-24 Season Add-Ons
Every Brilliant Thing
by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe
April 26 - May 19, 2024
You're six years old and your mom's in the hospital because, as your dad says, she "finds it hard to be happy." You start making a list for her of all the wonderful things in life. No. 1 "ice cream" No. 6 "rollercoasters" No. 517 "Knowing someone well enough to get them to check your teeth for broccoli" Every Brilliant Thing is a heart wrenching and hilarious one-man play told with the help of the audience. Together, they learn how to achieve hope by focusing on the smallest miracles of life.
October 20 - 22, 2023
January 12 - 14, 2024
May 10 - 12, 2024
Join us for a new series featuring seasonally themed explorations of the musical theatre canon.