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Works Progress Austin 2011
Salvage Vanguard Theater
Austin , TX
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Works Progress Austin 2011
Works Progress Austin (WAP)
Putting artists to work! SVT's New Deal = New Works from Austin artists and beyond!

January 7th and 8th 2011 (times vary)
Salvage Vanguard Theater
2803 E Manor Rd
Prices vary for each event ranging from FREE to $5
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January 7th @ 8pm Self Doubt: The Musical
January 7th @ 10pm Beer Blast! (free, no reservations needed)
January 8th @ 6:30pm Church of the Friendly Ghost (free, no reservations needed)
January 8th @ 8pm Trouble Puppet Theater

Works Progress Austin (WPA), an annual development project, gives artists a playground to develop new works. Over the course of one week actors, writers, directors, filmmakers, dramaturges, comedians, and musicians are given the opportunity to incubate and experiment. The week will culminate in a music installation, a puppet show, and a performance in progress. Inspired by Roosevelt's Works Projects Administration, SVT's WPA aims to put artists to work.  This January the WPA team will build a puppet show with Trouble Puppet Theater, a music installation with Church of the Friendly Ghost, and a musical in progress with Halena Kays and a couple Neo-Futurist alumni from Chicago.
Come to the WPA and witness the construction of the future of American art!

January 7th @ 8pm on the Mainstage
Self Doubt: The Musical
(working title)
Written by Andy Bayiates, Chicago based Neo-Futurist Alumni
Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Mastro, New York playwright and Neo-Futurist Alumni
Directed by Halena Kays, UT MFA directing student and former artistic director of Chicago's Barrel of Monkeys
Charlie is a 32-year-old copywriter who never really "went for it" as a musician. Now he's married with a mortgage, feeling lost and not quite sure what he wants out of life. His advertising job is troubled, and he's at a career crossroads in the middle of a down economy. Were he just dealing with this career crisis, that would be enough to keep him awake at night; however, he's visited by a mysterious ghost who warns him that he's about to lose everything: his job, his house and his super awesome wife. Self Doubt: The Musical is funny, twisted and full of angst.  Also, there are rock songs.

January 7th @ 10pm on the Mainstage, free (no reservations required)
A beer blast!
Come and mingle with the WPA collaborators over a beverage or two.

January 8th @ 6:30pm in the Gallery, free (no reservations required)
Church of the Friendly Ghost presents Spoon River.
Come and have a glass of wine as you explore this haunting sound installation by SVTs musical curators Church of the Friendly Ghost. The project is lead by Aaron Mace and Alex Keller.
The poems are soliloquies of the dead, in the cemetery of the fictional Midwest town, Spoon River. Spoon River anthology was a very large success when first published in 1915.  Instantly relatable, the ghosts of Spoon River account for their lives with a rare species of honesty. Without facade of propriety, small town life is revealed in it's beauty, humor, and savagery.  Approaching the centennial of its inception, there is still powerful resonance within the some two hundred forty four free-form poems that comprise the work. With this adaptation, attendees are welcome to wander among the "graves" casually, from whence emanate the disembodied voices of town-folk. Part sculptural installation, part sound installation, part performance, this little corner of an American cemetery in the SVT gallery will serve as a laboratory to explore incorporating multiple expressive disciplines.  

January 8th @ 8pm in the Studio, $5 admission
Riddley Walker adapted by Trouble Puppet Theater
Trouble Puppet will be experimenting with the format of their upcoming show, Riddley Walker, based on Russel Hoban's darkly poetic novel of the future. This adaptation combines puppetry, live actors, and music, in a ritualistic performance modeled on the roving puppet shows in the novel.  Trubba not, and no trubba back, or itwl be arga warga right a nuff.


Salvage Vanguard Theater
2803 E Manor Rd
Austin , TX 78722
United States


Arts > Theatre

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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