- Wed, Apr. 3
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- Fri, Apr. 5
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Crank Collective presents Cabeza de Vaca: Shipwrecked in Texas— a musical tribute to the extraordinary journey of Cabeza de Vaca, April 3-5 at the Long Center.
Crank Collective presents Cabeza de Vaca: Shipwrecked in Texas— a musical tribute to the extraordinary journey of Cabeza de Vaca, the 16th century Spanish Explorer who shipwrecked on Galveston island in 1527 and struggled to survive in a Native American land. Cabeza de Vaca survived as a slave, a trader and a medicine man, lived on cactus, roots and raw meat, and mysteriously learned to heal the sick and raise the dead. Director John Cecil and Crank Collective have transformed his story into an enchanting, even light-hearted rock musical expedition for Crank’s Long Center debut. This all-ages production follows last year’s Antarctica and Drone (2011).
Cabeza de Vaca: Shipwrecked in Texas is a one-hour rock musical dramatization about survival and the challenge of beginning again, naked as a new born, stripped of all familiarity. Crank Collective reenacts Cabeza de Vaca’s many roles: from “conquistador” to castaway, from slave to shaman, and from prisoner to leader. This narrative-meets-musical gives exceptional insight with an upbeat twist into the outrageous journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca. Read the strange story of Cabeza de Vaca, here.
Director John Cecil has again assembled a gifted team of performers to carry out his vision with distinctive flair: a cast of nine, groups of singers, and dancers, and a live band. Audiences will be treated with live musical numbers and witty performances by talented cast members. The production mixes de Vaca’s engaging narrative with contemporary music and abstract costuming and set design. This one-hour show is part of Crank Collective’s Texas History Operetta series. In November, Crank Collective will premiere the Alamo Operetta.
Cecil and Crank Collective have a history of producing edgy, satirical musicals. In 2011, their production Drone was nominated for an Austin Critics Table Award for Best Musical Production. Their first large production in 2009, the H1N1-themed Epidemic of Fear: The Influenzical, was performed to packed houses of national and international audiences. Insomnia followed with the idea of an Insomnia Patch, which would eliminate the need for sleep. Most recently in 2012, the sold-out Antarctica recreated a crew’s failed attempt to cross the barren arctic and gave an ironic tribute to Irish explorer Ernest Shackleton.
- Students tickets for $14 (valid ID required)
- Senior tickets for $14
- Run time: 60 minutes
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