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Pushing boundaries for 29 years, Jump-Start Performance Co. is an SA institution rooted in experimentation and collaboration. A former fixture in the Blue Star Arts Complex, the performance art troupe unveils a mysterious new production this week in its new Beacon Hill space. Directed by Marisela Barrera and developed through “a rehearsal process of performance experiments, improvisation and story-sharing,” Oscuridad plays out during the final hours of a doomed cantina frequented by shadowy characters La Lechuza, Fantasma, El Señor, the Handless Maid and La Muerte.
Beatrice is beautiful and always happy, and a paraplegic spokesmodel for DryOnes adult diapers. Everything in her life is always perfect and always will be, no matter what. A last minute replacement added to the Overtime Theater schedule, Beatrice and the Puppies by Ann Wuehler will run from September 5 to October 4. Shows are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, with two Sunday shows September 14 at 2:30pm and September 28 at 7pm. Special Thursday Pay-What-You-Want shows will run September 18 and October 2 at 8pm.
The Woodlawn Theatre will unveil its much-anticipated 2015 season, song-by-song, as actors perform a number from each production at the theatre’s first ever gala. In addition, talented, young actors from the Academy for the Performing Arts will be showcased in a performance. The event raises funds to continue to improve the cultural landscape of San Antonio with award-winning productions and youth programs at the historic theater. There will also be a silent auction at the event, which will include theater vacation packages to New York and London and jewelry and fine gifts from Kendra Scott and Ben Adams.
Fathom Events National Theatre Live (NT Live) and BY Experience present the U.K. production of a benchmark American play with the broadcast of Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby in the Young Vic / Joshua Andrews co-production of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire. Pre-recorded earlier the same day, this acclaimed production has garnered almost universal rave reviews during its sold-out run in London.
Based on the book by Roald Dahl, Fantastic Mr. Fox is an enchanting modern fable where good is pitted against evil, animal is pitted against human, and nature is pitted against technology. Trying to keep his family safe, Mr. Fox steals one too many hens and suddenly the farmers will stop at nothing to rid themselves of the Foxes forever. With the help of woodland friends, the Foxes evade capture and get revenge on their farmer enemies.
What better choice for Opera San Antonio's first production than a fun, entertaining comic opera that the whole family can enjoy? Join us to inaugurate the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts -- Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater as we present author Roald Dahl's beloved Fantastic Mr. Fox adapted for the operatic stage by Opera SA Artistic Director, Tobias Picker.
Most audiences know the story of Sweeney Todd through the Johnny Depp/Tim Burton version, or the terrifying rendition of “God That’s Good” in Jersey Girl. But, the infamous tale of Sweeney Todd can only truly be appreciated on stage where the audience is exposed to the unjust story of a barber being wrongly framed so a judge could take advantage of his sweet young wife. When released he takes out his wrath on many with the help of the disturbing Mrs. Lovett. Cameo Theater brings this revengeful tale to stage this fall. Just remember, there’s a reason the meat patties taste so good.
No matter where you’re from or where you’ve been, everyone is special - so join in! Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and their Sesame Street friends welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing, to sharing cookies!
A family friendly theatrical animation that uses movement and comedy to explore the realm of these amphibian creatures.
The sole theater presentation, Speed Killed My Cousin, is the story of a young African-American veteran of the Iraq war and her struggle with Post Traumatic stress Disorder. The Carpetbag company members will also work with San Antonio’s military community prior to the theater presentation.
An Irish Christmas celebrates the traditions of Christmas in Ireland with glorious music, traditional step dance, storytelling, laughter and an abundance of Irish soul.
Based on the play by Oscar Wilde, Salome tells the story of a nubile princess named Salome who lusts for the imprisoned John the Baptist, while her stepfather King Herod, lusts for her. When her stepfather asks for a dance in exchange for anything she wants, she demands the prophet’s head. This powerful, intense, and salacious play will provide any viewer with a hair-raising retelling of a biblical tale. One that continues to shock and thrill audiences.
Come join Buddy, Tiny, King, Don and more in this fun-filled, interactive and immersive live trip back in time to an age when dinosaurs roamed the earth….and rode in trains!
Before The Beatles, The Beach Boys or The Rolling Stones ever played a note, Rock ‘n’ Roll was forever changed by Buddy Holly, a 19-year-old kid from Texas. Buddy tells the true story of Holly’s meteoric rise to fame, from the moment in 1957 when “That’ll Be the Day” hit the airwaves until his tragic death less than two years later. The show features more than 20 hits.
In this double bill, Opera San Antonio presents both Il Segreto Di Susanna and La Voix Humaine. In Il Segreto Di Susanna, Count Gil returns to his home, believing that his wife Susanna was just walking alone in the street. However upon finding her humming to herself in her room, he is relieved. But, when he smells tobacco on her breath his fears immediately return. Knowing that neither he nor she smokes, he instantly suspects a secret lover. The second bill, La Voix Humaine, is a demanding one-woman opera, based on the emotionally shattering monologue that is one of the masterpieces of modern theatre. A distressed woman calls her ex-lover after their breakup and pleads with him, in a way that only leads her deeper into despair.
MAMMA MIA! is the ultimate feelgood show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. Now it’s your turn to have the time of your life at this smash hit musical that combines ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper,” “Take A Chance on Me” and “The Winner Takes It All,” with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. Whether it’s your first visit or your fourteenth, see the show that has the whole world coming back for more, because every time feels like the first time at MAMMA MIA!.
Kirk Douglas played on Broadway as a charming rogue who contrives to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution rather in a prison. This, he learns, was a mistake. He clashes with the head nurse, a fierce artinet. Quickly, he takes over the yard and accomplishes what the medical profession has been unable to do for twelve years; he makes a presumed deaf and dumb Indian talk. He leads others out of introversion, stages a revolt so that they can see the world series on television, and arranges a rollicking midnight party with liquor and chippies. For one offense, the head nurse has him submit to shock treatment. The party is too horrid for her and she forces him to submit to a final correction a frontal lobotomy. Winner of the 2001 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Revival.
George Bernard Shaw stuffs the starry-eyed ideals of war and human nature inside a box of chocolate creams in his comedy Arms and the Man. Following a young woman who swoons over romance and the two opposing soldiers that woo her, Shaw originally wrote the play for his own mistress Florence Farr. Upon Farr’s performance, she determined that the poetical nature of W.B. Yeats was more to her liking and never collaborated with Shaw again. Regardless, the revered comedy, first produced in 1894, has aged well over the years, with George Orwell calling it “the wittiest play [Shaw] ever wrote.” Stacy Jones Connelly directs The Classic Theatre’s production.
Based on the Oscar® winning DreamWorks film, this hilarious story of everyone's favorite ogre comes to life on the Magik stage. Full of all-new songs, dancing and breathtaking scenery, SHREK THE MUSICAL is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone!
Neil Simon’s award winning play is a poignant coming-of-age story of Jay, an older brother, who must care for his younger sibling Artie as they spend a year with their stern immigrant Grandmother and her dysfunctional family in the aftermath of their mother’s death and their father’s absence as a traveling salesman. Despite living above Grandma Kurnitz’s candy and ice cream store, there is nothing but bittersweetness in this tale of growing up lost in Yonkers. 1991 Pulitzer Prize for drama, 1991 Tony for best play.
Married Alive! is a new musical that celebrates marital bliss and blisters. The show focuses on two couples, Erin and Paul, a pair of wide-eyed newlyweds, and Ron and Diane, a more experienced pair of “oldyweds.” From wedding day to empty nest and everything in between, it’s a zany new musical that affectionately applauds and pokes fun at marriage. Ever wonder why it’s called an “Institution”…?
The hit-making legacy of songwriting duo Leiber and Stoller comes to light in the ’90s-era revue Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Lifting its name from the Robins’ 1955 single, the bookless musical revives 39 rock and R&B classics immortalized by the likes of Elvis (“Jailhouse Rock”), the Clovers (“Love Potion No. 9”) and Ben E. King (“Spanish Harlem”). While some find the absence of dialogue and theme off-putting, The Guardian wrote, “Whew—no pesky plot developments or subtexts, just a glut of glowing pop tunes.” Chris Rodriguez directs and choreographs at the Woodlawn.
Married Alive! celebrates marital bliss and blisters. From wedding day to empty nest and everything in between, it's a zany musical that affectionately applauds and pokes fun at marriage.
A playground altercation between eleven-year-old boys brings together two sets of parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses, tensions emerge and the gloves come off, leaving the couples with more than just their liberal principles in tatters. Winner of the 2009 Tony Award. “A study in the tension between civilized surface and savage instinct, this play is itself a satisfyingly primitive entertainment.”
The Rose Theatre Co. stages this production of Looking Over the President's Shoulder, a play told through the perspective of the White House's Chief Butler on his last day on the job. Written by James Stills, this play has been produced by special arrangements with Dramatic Publishing Inc.
50 Shades! The Musical is the original parody of the novel...Fifty Shades Of Grey. This sexy, hilarious musical is chockfull of wrestling singlets, handcuffs, and helicopters with silly names. Come see a show full of BDSM (Best Damn Songs and Music). Warning: this musical contains adult situations and language.
The romantic Broadway musical for all generations, Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, the smash hit Broadway musical, is returning to San Antonio! Based on the Academy Award®- winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song. Experience the romance and enchantment of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the Majestic Theatre!
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Hair might seem like an odd source of inspiration for a ceramic sculptor, yet Ohio-born, New York-raised, San Antonio-based Jennifer Ling Datchuk reminds that “these delicate strands have the power to identify us to the world, and this world can make assumptions about us based on its shape, color and condition.” Often exploring her own unique heritage (which includes Chinese, Irish and Russian ancestry) as well as underlying themes of identity and femininity, Datchuk favors pristine porcelain as a medium but also works delicate magic with fabric, embroidery and floral patterns. Amusingly titled, her solo show “Dark and Lovely” takes over Blue Star’s Middle Gallery and runs concurrently with Philadelphia artist Caroline Santa’s multi-layered offering “Code-Mixing” (Project Space), an exhibition highlighting local photographer Lané Pittard (Gallery 4) and Hill Country-based Catherine Lee’s sculptural installation “Emergence,” which comes to life with collaborative performances (7pm and 8pm Thu, 7:30pm Fri) courtesy of the Shay Ishii Dance Company (Main Gallery).
Hard-rockin’ and deliberately a bit obnoxious (read totally obnoxious), San Antonio band Dynamite Boyz (note the gratuitous stupidity of the ‘z’ at the end there) plays sweaty rock/old-school metal hallmarked by wild guitar shreds and fierce, bludgeoning volume. A relative newcomer to the SA music scene, this three-piece is delightful for the earnest headbanging it inspires and the give-no-fucks energy that accompanies its shows. Also melting your face on this night of dark lord worship and rock abandon is stalwart local punk outfit Muscle Car, which plays aggressive garage punk at white-knuckle speeds.
Despite best intentions, Lynyrd Skynyrd left behind enough bullets for a million .38 Specials, but don’t hold that against them. The reign of Skynyrd—named after the gym teacher hassling them about their long hair at Robert E. Lee High School—ended at its zenith in 1977 when a plane crash killed three members, including frontman Ronnie Van Zant. But like the phoenix, Skynyrd rose from the ashes a decade later with Van Zant’s little brother Johnny at the helm. As my Southern Granny used to say “It’s worse for wear, but it’s still an effing phoenix, bro. ‘Freebird!’”
Looking like something straight out of Lewis Carroll’s synapses, Sala Diaz is one of the quirkiest gallery spaces you may have overlooked on First Friday. The house is an experimental exhibition space that has hosted artists from all over the world. Barbara Sturm’s “7+5-3 = Nine Fingers” will be featured through September 27. Hailing from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Sturm will tackle concepts of failing, inhibition, handicaps and interruptions in drawings and installation. Expect conceptual works in which something is always missing, “at least the tenth finger of those two hands of yours.”
If you are a fan of gospel-tinged blues music that really hearkens back to the primordial soul of the genre, you’ll want to be at Sam’s Burger Joint this Saturday as Ruthie Foster presents her new, Meshell Ndegeocello-produced album Promise of a Brand New Day. Foster, who has received various blues-specific accolades and was nominated for a Grammy for her 2012 album Let it Burn, has the kind of voice and songwriting range that can only come from a lifetime of devotion to the craft and lessons lived. Don’t miss this native Texan as she celebrates this swell new batch of material.
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