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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof | Austin Shakespeare | The Long Center for the Performing Arts

Austin Shakespeare: Why Tennessee Williams’ ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof?’

Fall has finally arrived, and with that means the first of Austin Shakespeare’s two productions in our Rollins Studio Theatre, this season. Opening November 16th is Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tennessee Williams’ iconic, steamy masterpiece that won him a Pulitzer Prize. Catch one of the 12 performances before & after Thanksgiving, and read on for some background from Austin Shakespeare Director Ann Ciccolella. Read More ›

Sound & Silence | The Long Center for the Performing Arts

Tapestry Dance Company: From the Director on Sound & Silence

Tapestry Director Acia Gray welcomes you to this vulnerable journey. A look into Tapestry’s dancers in and out of their tap shoes; in and out of emotions and beyond—in and out of Sound & Silence. Are you ready to listen to both? Tapestry Dance Company’s season starts with Sound & Silence – the Rhythm of Life, opening October 18 – 21 in our Rollins Studio Theatre.  Read More ›

The Mystery of the Green Teeth Ghost | The Long Center for the Performing Arts

Pollyanna Theatre Company Kicks Off New Season with the Holmesian ‘Mystery of the Green Teeth Ghost’

Now that school’s back in session and it’s (maybe) fall, Pollyanna Theatre Company is dishing out a whole new season of theatre for young audiences. First up is THE MYSTERY OF THE GREEN TEETH GHOST in Rollins Studio Theatre September 28 – October 7. We caught of up with Director Judy Matetzschk-Campbell to get some clever insight! Read More ›

Much Ado About Nothing | Austin Shakespeare | The Long Center for the Performing Arts

Austin Shakespeare: Much Ado About Creative Collaboration

Austin Shakespeare is back in the Rollins Studio Theatre this November, following up the fall’s staged reading of The Crucible. In a return to bard basics, Austin Shakes is presenting Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare’s exuberant romantic comedy of well-matched feuding lovers. We checked in with Director Ann Ciccolella to see what twists the company has up their sleeves. Read More ›

From Page to Stage, Alison Bechdel Continues to Draw Us In With ‘Fun Home’

Based on cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s real life events depicted in her best-selling graphic memoir of the same name (you’ve probably seen it in your local bookstore), Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different stages of her life. But who is the real Alison, and what prompted her to share her life with millions? Read More ›

A Shoe Story: A Musical | Summer STock Austin | The Long Center for the Performing Arts

Summer Stock Austin Exclusive: Inside the Mind of Allen Robertson, Co-Creator of ‘A Shoe Story’

Allen Robertson has yet again joined summer Stock Austin for his fifth year and SSA’s 13th season. He has written and directed 5 shows including this year’s A Shoe Story: A Musical, which opens July 25th, 2017 (just next week!). We sat down with him in a Summer Stock Austin exclusive interview to see what makes him tick. Read More ›

Fun Home | The Long Center for the Performing Arts

Building ‘Fun Home’ — The Creative Female Masterminds Behind the Hit Broadway Musical

With music by the notable Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, Fun Home made history as the first show written exclusively by women to ever win a Tony Award. That’s right—ever! Not only that, but Fun Home is also the first Broadway show to feature a lesbian leading role, plus its compelling and unconventional storyline (which includes Alison at three different ages, and we love it). Read More ›

The Ragbag Shoes | Pollyanna Theatre Company | The Long Center for the Performing Arts

Pollyanna Theatre Company: Katherine Gee Perrone’s ‘Ragbag Shoes’ Dance us from Fairytale to Fairytale

Opening this weekend and perfect for children ages 4 – 10, Pollyanna Theatre Company presents THE RAGBAG SHOES, a new play from Pollyanna’s own friend and supporter, Katherine Gee Perrone. We caught up with Judy Matetzschk-Campbell, Producing Artistic Director of Pollyanna, to learn about Perrone’s history with the theatre company as well as the magic we can expect from THE RAGBAG SHOES. Read More ›

La La Land in Concert | The Long Center for the Performing Arts

“Falling into Place” — La La Land Composer Talks Turning Film into Live Experience

Ever wondered how a live orchestra syncs up to a screening of a feature film? For Justin Hurwitz (surely you know this composer’s name by now!), this challenge became reality quicker than he ever thought. Our friends at CultureMap Austin chatted with Hurwitz about his latest successes and got the inside scoop on the challenge this “live-scoring” presents. See it in action with La La Land in Concert featuring Austin Symphony Orchestra, June 30th. Read More ›

Texas Arts Project Junior: Introducing Broadway Stars Day Camp

Do you have a rising star with Broadway dreams at home, just dying to sing, dance, and perform their little heart out? Texas Arts Project, Junior edition, has you covered for the summer! For the week of June 26 – 29, your musical theatre guru aged 6 – 12 can join TAP Camp for Broadway Stars Day Camp. We caught up with TAP Junior Camp Director Coy Branscum to learn more and get a glimpse behind the curtain. Read More ›

Monty Python's Spamalot | Summer Stock Austin | The Long Center for the Performing Arts

Summer Stock Austin Now Announcing: SPAMALOT Cast List

HEAR YE, HEAR YE! We have an exciting announcement… the Summer Stock 2017 cast of Monty Python’s SPAMALOT is complete! This musical comedy sensastion that was “lovingly ripped off” from (your favorite) film classic Monty Python and The Holy Grail will surely leave you wanting more of this comedic parody. Read More ›

A Shoe Story | Summer Stock Austin | The Long Center for the Performing Arts

Now Announcing: A SHOE STORY Cast List

We know this is what you’ve all been waiting for—now to announce the full cast list of Summer Stock Austin’s A Shoe Story! Read More ›