December 2011 and June 2012
We're vigorously developing PART TWO of DAYBOYNIGHTGIRL
, our original full-team collaborative adaptation based on The Romance of Photogen and Nycteris
, a magical tale written by Scottish fantasy maestro George MacDonald in 1882.
features choreography by Lisa del Rosario
, marking her highly anticipated follow-up to Relative Space
, which DA! produced at HPT in December 2008. Kirk German
, DA!'s Resident Playwright, has adapted the script for DBNG
, and Artistic Director Heather Huggins
directs. Prolific Austin musician and special guest collaborator Justin Sherburn has composed a breath-taking original score to help tell this haunting story of two children who try to break free from the experiment of a mysterious sorcerer...
The cast of DAYBOYNIGHTGIRL
includes Robin Grace Thompson
as Nycteris, Jude Hickey
as Watho, Jacob Trussell
as Photogen, Rhonda Kulhanek
as Falca, Scott Roskilly
as Fargu/The Wolf, Taylor Kulhanek
as Aurora, and Lisa del Rosario
Austin audiences are invited to experience Part Two of this interdisciplinary extravaganza in mid-December 2011. Then, in June 2012, the full-length DAYBOYNIGHTGIRL
will conquer the Rollins stage at the Long Center!
Stay tuned for all the exciting details...
January & February 2012
FronteraFest Short Fringe:
Howell and Hume
This year, for our very favorite homegrown festival, DA! will be producing Howell and Hume
, a short comedy written by Kirk German that was selected as an Austin Script Works commission for 2012.
Directed by Heather Huggins and featuring the acting talents of DA! members, Howell and Hume
is the story of two very different castaways, two very different islands, and one improbable encounter. If you enjoyed Leave it to Beverly
, you won't want to miss this show, debuting on a Wednesday evening this winter at HPT!
2011-12 School Year
Heron and Crane
This traditional Russian folk-tale about two strong-willed swamp-birds gained internationally renown in the 20th century due to the work of award-winning animator Yuri Norshtein; Norshtein created a short film based on the tale in 1974, and went on to receive numerous accolades for his animation.
In August 2010, our stage adaptation of Heron and Crane
was a tremendous hit at FringeNYC. With generous donations from private sponsors, we plan to take Heron and Crane
to even more schools this season, marking our fourth year of touring throughout Central Texas!
adapted this folktale to bring to Austin-area elementary schools; he also serves as co-director for the production alongside Heather Huggins
. The rest of the creative team includes resident choreographer Lisa del Rosario
, designers Kerrill Brandt, Caroline Nalle, and Pam Fletcher-Friday, and local musicians Travis Cooper, Wallis Currie-Wood, and Melissa Jurrens, who have created a charming original score. The show is entertaining, interactive, insightful, and ready to tour to more schools! Read more about our educational program here
Ten unstoppable storytellers are released onto one stage along with some unusual and transformative scene partners: a rolling pin, an exercise bungee, a soccer ball, a backpack, a foot locker, a scarf, a picture frame, an umbrella, two coffee mugs, five cat toys, a broom, a Hello Kitty Lunchbox, and an Austin Chronicle
! Directed by Heather Huggins
, the result is a 60-minute tour-de-force that by turns moves, delights, and shocks! Direct Object
, described by BC Culture as "tight, disciplined, and entertaining," was modeled after a famous Russian production, World of Objects and People
, which was created by Stanislavzki Prize Honoree Andrei Borisovich Droznin and which has been running in Moscow and touring internationally since the early 1990s.