Welcome to our second annual Season in Review! As Dramatists Guild Regional Rep for Austin/San Antonio, I have compiled the full-length world premieres produced in our area from May 2019 to May 2020 and, space willing, I’ll also mention some world premieres which were rescheduled or canceled because of Rona. Productions are listed chronologically.
JUNE: The Public Theater produced DAVID KIMPLE’s Sink, Florida, Sink; and The Vortex in collaboration with Generic Ensemble Company produced Black Girl Love: An Adaptation Project, by Al(aina) L. Monts.
(July was too hot in Texas, or we were all on vacation like they do in Paris, so no world premieres to post.)
AUGUST: Ground Floor Theatre produced TRANSom, a devised piece written by collaborators: Libby Carr, Adrian Clark, Siri Gurudev, Jeather Jarmon, Jess O’Rear, Lisa Scheps, Lane Michael Stanley, Elian Sweeten, Alyssa Thompson, and Dillon Yruegas; and Color Arc Productions presented Lisa B. Thompson’s The Mamalogues.
SEPTEMBER: SHREWDproductions produced Jump by CHARLY EVON SIMPSON (an NNPN Rolling World Premiere); The Overtime Theater produced EMILY FITZGERALD’s murder mystery, And Then There Were Some; and Hill Country Community Theatre presented LINDA KAUFMAN’s musical sequel, More Senior Moments.
OCTOBER: Heartland Theatre Collective produced NICOLE OGLESBY’s The Vineyard.
NOVEMBER: Luminaria produced The Princess and the Peanut Allergy (A Children’s Musical) with book and lyrics by SHEILA RINEAR, music by Darrin Newhardt; The Vortex and Teatro Vivo produced Más Cara by KRYSTA GONZALES; and Mélange Theatre Company produced my historic play about women in war, Saint Somebody.
In December, we all caught our collective breath and celebrated various holidays of our choosing: nothing to see here!
JANUARY 2020: The Overtime Theatre produced Gay Men With Wives, by SCHUYLER BISHOP, and The Vortex presented Click, by JACQUELINE GOLDFINGER.
FEBRUARY: Different Stages Theatre produced Gliders, my play about the Apollo moon landing; The Alamo & The Tobin Endowment presented Remember (A Musical Honoring Those Who Gave Their Lives for Texas) with book & Lyrics by BLAKE WINCHELL, music by BRETT STRADER; SHREWDproductions presented AUDREY CEFALY’s Alabaster (NNPN Rolling World Premiere); The Vortex produced The Hands That Feed You, by Annie Danger; and Ridgeview Middle School presented REBECCA OSBORNE’s Mortal Choice: The Golden Apple.
MARCH: The Josephine Theatre produced STEVE WARREN’s one-man play, The Confessions of Davy Crockett.
To round off the season, here are just a few of the plays which were canceled/postponed: Lifted, by Charlie Thurston (Filigree), Selfie!, by Rembert Block (Ethos & The Vortex), and More Better Beautiful, by Robert Caisley (The Public Theater). But despite the many cancelations here, there has been an astounding online response and most theatres have turned to Virtual Readings or series, a true testament to the tenacity and flexibility of the artistic spirit!