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Congrats to ZACH Theatre Austin Critics Table Winners

June 7th, 2011
Martin Burke in ZACH's THE DROWSY CHAPERONE

Martin Burke in ZACH's THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, photo by Kirk Tuck

The best and brightest in Austin arts critics presents the Austin Critics Table Awards each year. Now, in its 19th year, awards were presented last night by local arts critics to recognize the most exceptional achievements in dance, classical music, the visual arts and theatre — for a period covering May 2010 through April 2011.

This year’s committee was composed of the Austin American-Statesman’s Michael Barnes (arts), Cate Blouke (theatre), Claire Canavan (theatre), Luke Quinton (classical music/visual arts), Claire Spera (dance), and Jeanne Claire van Ryzin (arts) and The Austin Chronicle’s Elizabeth Cobbe (theatre), Jonelle Seitz (dance), Avimaan Syam (theatre) and the Chronicle’s Robert Faires (arts).

Barbara Chisholm as Molly Ivins in RED HOT PATRIOT: THE KICK-ASS WIT OF MOLLY IVINS

Barbara Chisholm as Molly Ivins in RED HOT PATRIOT: THE KICK-ASS WIT OF MOLLY IVINS, Photo by Kirk Tuck

ZACH Theatre and its actors were presented with several awards at the informal ceremony at Cap City Comedy Club last night, including:

  • BEST COMEDY PRODUCTION – Becky’s New Car starring Lauren Lane
  • BEST MUSICAL PRODUCTION – The Drowsy Chaperone
  • BEST ACTING IN A LEADING ROLE -
    Martin Burke in The Drowsy Chaperone,
    Barbara Chisholm in Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins,
    Lauren Lane in Becky’s New Car and August: Osage County
  • BEST ACTING IN A SUPPORTING ROLE -
    Joshua Denning – Rent
    Meredith McCall – The Drowsy Chaperone
  • BEST CHOREOGRAPHY – Robin Lewis for The Drowsy Chaperone and Rent
  • BEST COSTUME DESIGN – Susan Branch Towne for The Drowsy Chaperone

Thanks to all the casts and crewmembers who worked with the theatre to make this such an exciting season! We look forward to continue bringing quality theatre to Austin in the 2011-12 Season — which we’ve just announced!

Another exciting tidbit: If you missed Barbara Chisholm’s award-winning performance in Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins, ZACH will be remounting the play late this summer in-the-round on the intimate Whisenhunt Stage.

For a full list of winners, please check out today’s blog at Austin360.com.

Congrats to all!

Meet Karen Weston from Osage County

April 27th, 2011
Karen Weston played by Ellie Archer in ZACH Theatre's production of AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY. Photo by Kirk R. Tuck

Karen Weston played by Ellie Archer in ZACH Theatre's production of AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY. Photo by Kirk R. Tuck

“That pillow was a better husband than any real man I’d ever met.”

- KAREN WESTON

The baby girl in the Weston family, Karen, a Florida real estate agent, is newly engaged to Steve, whom she considers the perfect man. Although he may not be not as perfect as the pillow she slept with as a teenager and fantasized about as the prince who would sweep her away to a happily ever after.


Live on Stage at ZACH Theatre!

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.)

Buy tickets online or call ZACH’s Box Office at (512) 476-0541, x1 – Open Monday-Saturday, 12 noon-7pm.

Special thanks for photography by Kirk R. Tuck.

Meet Sheriff Deon Gilbeau from Osage County

April 26th, 2011
Sheriff Deon Gilbeau played by Thomas Faustin Huisking in AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY at ZACH Theatre. Photo by Kirk R. Tuck

Sheriff Deon Gilbeau played by Thomas Faustin Huisking in AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY at ZACH Theatre. Photo by Kirk R. Tuck

“So … I can call you sometime?”

- SHERIFF DEON GILBEAU

A high-school classmate and former prom date of Barbara’s, Deon has always had a thing for the Weston girls. Time’s been good to this tall drink of water, as he got from under the shadow of his Dad’s illegal past, to be the safe guard for Pawhuska, OK. Now he’s got a stupefying case to solve for the Westons.


Live on Stage at ZACH Theatre!

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.)

Buy tickets online or call ZACH’s Box Office at (512) 476-0541, x1 – Open Monday-Saturday, 12 noon-7pm.

Special thanks for photography by Kirk R. Tuck.

Meet Little Charles Aiken from Osage County

April 25th, 2011
Little Charlie Aiken, played by Jonathan Shultz, from AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY live at ZACH Theatre. Photo by Kirk R. Tuck

Little Charles Aiken, played by Jonathan Shultz, from AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY live at ZACH Theatre. Photo by Kirk R. Tuck

“I know how things are. I know how they feel about me. I see how they are. I don’t blame them.”

- LITTLE CHARLES AIKEN

His mother Mattie Fae has a lot of names for him, unfortunately none of them are affectionate. There’s always been something different about Little Charles and there’s no time like the present to kick this reunion into high gear and discover why he’s always moved to a different tune.


Live on Stage at ZACH Theatre!

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.)

Buy tickets online or call ZACH’s Box Office at (512) 476-0541, x1 – Open Monday-Saturday, 12 noon-7pm.

Special thanks for photography by Kirk R. Tuck.

Meet Johnna from Osage County

April 21st, 2011
Kendra Perez plays housekeeper Johnna Monevata in AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY Live at ZACH Theatre. Photo by Kirk R. Tuck

Kendra Perez plays housekeeper Johnna Monevata in AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY Live at ZACH Theatre. Photo by Kirk R. Tuck

“When a Cheyenne baby is born, their umbilical cord is dried and sewn into this pouch. Turtles for girls, lizards for boys. And we wear it for the rest of our lives. Because if we lose it, our souls belong nowhere …”

- JOHNNA MONEVATA

A Cheyenne Native American woman, Johnna is the new live-in housekeeper for the Westons of Osage County. Recently hired by Beverly to cook, clean and run errands, Violet is not having anything to do with her, but Johnna’s hard work and empathy win over the rest of the Weston clan. She finds solace in a volume of TS Eliot’s poetry that Beverly gives her at her job interview.


Live on Stage at ZACH Theatre!

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.)

Buy tickets online or call ZACH’s Box Office at (512) 476-0541, x1 – Open Monday-Saturday, 12 noon-7pm.

Special thanks for photography by Kirk R. Tuck.

Meet Jean Fordham from Osage County

April 19th, 2011
Corley Pillsbury plays Jean Fordham in AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY - Live on Stage at ZACH Theatre! Photo by Kirk R. Tuck

Corley Pillsbury plays Jean Fordham in AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY - Live on Stage at ZACH Theatre! Photo by Kirk R. Tuck

“What sucks now is that Mom’s watching me like a hawk, like she’s afraid I’ll become a heroin addict or shoot everyone at school. I don’t know what it is about Dad splitting that put Mom on hymen patrol.”

- JEAN FORDHAM

Bill and Barbara’s teenage daughter, she’s 14 going on 25, and smoking everything she can get her hands on. A vegetarian who loves old movies, Jean has got a big case of adolescent blues with a new hair color to match.


Live on Stage at ZACH Theatre!

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.)

Buy tickets online or call ZACH’s Box Office at (512) 476-0541, x1 – Open Monday-Saturday, 12 noon-7pm.

Special thanks for photography by Kirk R. Tuck.

Meet Bill Fordham from Osage County

April 11th, 2011
Chris Gibson plays Bill Fordham in AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY - Live at ZACH Theatre, Photo by Kirk R. Tuck

Chris Gibson plays Bill Fordham in AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY - Live at ZACH Theatre, Photo by Kirk R. Tuck

“You want to argue? Is that what you need to do? Well, pick a subject, all right, and let me know what it is, so I can have a fighting chance.”

- BILL FORDHAM

Barbara’s husband and Jean’s father, Bill is a college professor whose extracurricular activities have him in hot water. Newly svelte, this linguist loves to argue word usage as much as child-rearing strategies in the battle for the last word.


Live on Stage at ZACH Theatre!

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.)

Buy tickets online or call ZACH’s Box Office at (512) 476-0541, x1 – Open Monday-Saturday, 12 noon-7pm.

Special thanks for photography by Kirk R. Tuck.

Meet Charlie Aiken from Osage County

April 7th, 2011
Charlie Aiken played by Michael Stuart in ZACH Theatre's production of AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY

Charlie Aiken played by Michael Stuart in ZACH Theatre's production of AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY

“I just can’t understand why folks can’t be respectful of one another. I don’t think there’s any excuse for it. My family didn’t treat each other that way.”

- CHARLIE AIKEN

Husband of Mattie Fae and Little Charles’ Dad, Charlie is a sweetheart and lifelong friend of Beverly who just wants a little peace and quiet so he can watch his favorite team, the Kansas City Royals. He never met a pot luck dinner he didn’t like!


Live on Stage at ZACH Theatre!

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.)

Buy tickets online or call ZACH’s Box Office at (512) 476-0541, x1 – Open Monday-Saturday, 12 noon-7pm.

Special thanks for photography by Kirk R. Tuck.

Meet Mattie Fae from Osage County

April 6th, 2011
Janelle Buchanan as Aunt Mattie Fae Aiken from AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY live at ZACH Theatre. Photo: Kirk R. Tuck

Janelle Buchanan as Aunt Mattie Fae Aiken from AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY live at ZACH Theatre. Photo: Kirk R. Tuck

“I’m still very sexy, thank you very much.”

- MATTIE FAE AIKEN

Violet’s sister, Charlie’s wife and Little Charles’ mother, Mattie Fae is hotter than a firecracker lit on both ends.

She’ll welcome you with some “shugah” and set you straight on exactly what you’re thinking. And look out Paula Dean, she makes a mean green bean casserole … and it’s about to get a whole lot meaner.


Live on Stage at ZACH Theatre!

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.)

Buy tickets online or call ZACH’s Box Office at (512) 476-0541, x1 – Open Monday-Saturday, 12 noon-7pm.

Special thanks for photography by Kirk R. Tuck.

Production Photos – AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY at ZACH Theatre

April 5th, 2011

An all star cast of Austin actors stars in the new, intimate ZACH Theatre production of AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY. Photos by Kirk R. Tuck. Feel free to tweet, facebook, blog and otherwise share these photos, but credit ZACH’s photographer Kirk Tuck wherever they appear …