Austin Playhouse Announces Cast of DEPARTURE ATTRACTIONS PREMIERE

Austin Playhouse has announced the cast of Previews of Departing Attractions, a collection of short plays by a local playwright Lowell Barthelemy, August 5-20, 2022. Bartholomee’s work will be the inaugural production of Austin Playhouse’s new interim theater space located in the heart of Austin at 405 West 22nd. Tickets on sale now at austinplayhouse.com/previews.

Previews of Departing Attractions is a collection of witty yet poignant short plays bound together by loss. In addition to a new commission for this production, the playwright Lowell Barthelemy reworked past tunes specific to this performance reinforcing the thread between them, while keeping his trademark humor intact. Bartholomee will also join the creative team as director.

“I am thrilled to inaugurate the Austin Playhouse tenure in a new location and to be involved in the addition of a venue to the Austin Theater. With the Hyde Park Theater being the only existing building, my work was produced at over the years, and so many things have gone were close to me – including the first space I had a play performed in – I’m proud to do this work in a new space available to Austin creators” , said the playwright and director Lowell Barthélemy. “Previews of Departing Attractions contains pieces that span my entire life as a writer. The oldest piece was written in 1994, shortly after I arrived in Austin, while the most recent is still being written. All owe their existence to the Austin theater’s continued habit of encouraging new and unknown creators while easing the threshold of entry to work on stage and in front of audiences.”

The ensemble cast includes Kareem Badr, Zac Carr, Marina DeYoe-Pedraza, David Dubose, Sarah Chong Harmer, Robert S. Fisher and Juleeane Villareal.

“As we look hopefully to the future, we also acknowledge and mourn the things we have lost. Not just to a pandemic, but to the quicksand of Austin’s evolution from a ‘strange college town’ to a bustling metropolis to shed light on what was so special about creating and supporting the arts in Austin and what could be again,” said Austin Playhouse Production Artistic Director, Tonic Lara Haddock.

In-person performances will take place at Austin Playhouse’s new interim performance space located in the heart of West Campus at 405 West 22nd. Free street parking is available with paid parking conveniently located across the street in the Calloway House parking garage.

OVERVIEWS OF ATTRACTIONS AT THE DEPARTURE | August 5-20, 2022

Overviews of starting attractions by Lowell Barthelemy

August 5-20, 2022 | Thursday to Saturday at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday at 5:00 p.m.

Special industry night show Wednesday August 17 at 8:00 p.m.

Austin Playhouse (new West Campus location) | 405 West 22 | Austin TX 78705

Tickets start at $30; $15 for students

austinplayhouse.com/previews

Containing plays that were written as far back as 1994 as well as plays that are still in the process of being completed, Previews of Departing Attractions is a collection of witty, yet poignant short plays bound together by loss. Over the past few decades, some plays have come to light thanks to Fronterafest and ScriptWorks, organizations that are both dedicated to playwrights and the development of their new works. For this production playwright Lowell Barthelemy was commissioned for new work in addition to reworking past plays specifically for this engagement, strengthening the thread and enhancing the humor behind the stories of argumentative astronauts, nuns playing softball and many more.

Tickets: From $30 and are on sale now.

About Austin Playhouse:

Austin Playhouse is dedicated to providing opportunities for artists and Austin audiences to celebrate the human experience. Austin Playhouse will feed your mind, delight your spirit and enrich your life with professional productions of classical, contemporary and musical pieces. For more information, visit austinplayhouse.com.

Austin Playhouse is a professional theater in its 22nd season. Under the guidance of Co-producer Artistic Directors Gift Toner and Tonic Lara Haddock, Austin Playhouse has grown from a three-play season on the Concordia University campus to a year-round operation producing an average of six main stage plays, youth theater, and a festival of new plays. Austin Playhouse plans to build a permanent home for the veteran theater troupe and the entire Austin arts community.

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