ZACH's 2010-2011 Season


Book by Mark O’Donnell & Thomas Meehan | Music by Marc Shaiman Lyrics by Marc Shaiman & Scott Whittman | Based on the 1988 John Waters film | Directed by Dave Steakley | Musical Direction by Allen Robertson | Choreography by Robin Lewis

June 23, 2011 - August 28, 2011

Move over Baltimore! Austin is the new home for Hairspray -- the soultastic, hair hoppin’, dance-til-you-drop musical! Big girl Tracy Turnblad has big ideas about teasin’ to stratospheric hairdo heights while dancing on the Corny Collins TV record hop countdown, and instigating a change that’s gonna come. When this equality cutie starts back-combing and bee-bopping across the racial divide, the bigots can’t stop the beat. John Waters’ campy film inspiration and ZACH Artistic Director Dave Steakley are a match made in ozone-depleting, the higher-the-hair-the-closer-to-God, Beehive heaven!



Book, Music & Lyrics by Jonathan Larson | Directed by Dave Steakley | Musical Direction by Allen Robertson | Choreography by Robin Lewis

September 16, 2010 - November 28, 2010

Immerse yourself in the vibrant world of New York City bohemia when ZACH transports you to the lively East Village where performance artists, musicians, and hipsters of all persuasions band together to revolt against convention. The artist squatters have taken over the theatre and have created an environment in which you are fully surrounded by Austin’s finest rock vocalists and musicians and visual artists’ creative expressions of sculptural whimsy. And when Mimi locks eyes with Roger, and Angel spies Colin, and Maureen tugs at Joanne this rock opera ignites sparks of love that redefine what family can be. Viva la vie boheme! (Read more.)


Red Hot Patriot

by Margaret Engel and Allison Engel
Directed by David Esbjornson
Starring Barbara Chisholm

January 27, 2011 - March 13, 2011

The unsinkable Molly Ivins, Austin's no-holds-barred newspaper columnist and best-selling author, is back to tell it like it is in a side-splittingly funny play. A true Texas original, Ivins was a sharp-tongued wit who skewered the "Lege" and the good ol' boys who ran it with her unforgettable humor and wisdom. Written by twin journalist sisters, Margaret and Allison Engel celebrate Molly's courage and tenacity – even when a complacent America wasn't listening — in a play that is nothing short of kick ass. (Read more.)


Molly Ivins is Red Hot Patriot


by Steven Dietz
Directed by Charlie Otte

February 10, 2011 - April 3, 2011

After cheering the wit, charm, and romance of Shooting Star and Becky’s New Car, ZACH audiences are in for a thrilling story of intrigue as Austin playwright Steven Dietz returns to ZACH with his razor-sharp play. Two married writers live a life whose very profession places them on edge of fact and fiction. When Linda faces a fatal diagnosis, she and husband Michael are forced to confront the notion that the only thing harder than dying with a secret is living with one. Dietz, the most produced playwright in the country, directs this gasp-out-loud comedic drama with his trademark and irresistible blend of humor, heart and precision. (Read more.)


 Fiction by Steven Dietz

August: Osage  County

Written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy Letts

March 31, 2011 - May 22, 2011

This scathingly hilarious tragicomedy of cataclysmic proportions is one bitch of a family reunion! When Dad unexpectedly vanishes into a sweltering Oklahoma summer night, the rest of the Weston clan rushes home to figure out what the hell happened. No easy feat with their serpent-tongued matriarch whose prolific pill-popping only sharpens her vitriolic outbursts. And if mama ain’t happy … she’ll make sure you’re worse! Perfectly subversive, this entertaining turbo-charged saga shocks with each new diabolically funny bombshell that’s dropped. (Read more.)


August: Osage County

The Book of Grace

Written and Directed by Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks

June 2, 2011 - July 10, 2011

Step into the imaginative playground of Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks for an extremely rare opportunity -- the first production of her new play directed by Ms. Parks herself! A South Texas family Suzan Lori Parksbreaks through familial borders when a young man named Snake returns home, lured by his stepmother Grace, to reunite with his father, a border patrol agent. The prodigal son confronts his father, and fences are erected as everyday life erupts into a battle for personal survival. At once fiercely intimate and explosive, this surprising and truly original play finds three people bound together by longing, passion and ambition.


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