The ASC troupe, direct from the stage of the Blackfriars Playhouse, returns to UT's Texas Union Theatre for its fifth annual visit to bring Renaissance drama to life in exciting and accessible performances – in this case, two plays with very different perspectives on one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedic characters, the unsinkable Sir John Falstaff. The Merry Wives of WindsorMon., March 3, 7:30pm. Henry IVTue., March 4, 7:30pm. $15 ($10, students, UT faculty and staff).
The Exchange Artists combines full ensemble performances with intimate, five-minute plays in cars. Um, what? Like this: "The audience will move from car to car, witnessing a thematically connected but independent short play in each one." Just the idea of it is interesting enough – makes us think of Rubber Repertory or Jaclyn Pryor – and we're betting it's a hell of fine thing, cooked up by playwright Katherine Craft (with Sarah Saltwick, Cleve Wiese, Rohan Joseph, and Gwen Copeland) and featuring musical composition by Content Love Knowles and Rohan Joseph. Fri.-Mon., Feb. 14-March 3, 8pm. $10-20 ($15, students, artists).
UT's annual series of new plays by emerging playwrights takes place at the Lab Theatre on campus and includes: Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven, by Reina Hardy , directed by Natalie Novacek; Feb. 27-March 9. Advance Man, by Abe Koogler, directed by Will Davis; Feb. 28-March 8. 'Ratio by William Anderson and David Turkel, directed by Jess Hutchinson; March 1 & 8. Still Now by Katie Bender, directed by Rudy Ramirez; March 2 & 9. Or, The One with the Dogs by Briandaniel Oglesby, directed by Jeremy Lee Cudd; March 1 & 8. See website for details. $10-12.
D.W. Gregory's play, set in the 1920s, traces the efforts of Grace Fryer as she battles not just the U.S. Radium Corporation but with her own family and friends, who fear that her campaign for justice is hopeless. Director Gary Payne seeks women (ages 18-45) and men (ages 25-55) for this June production by the Paradox Players; stipends will be paid. Call or email for appointment. March 9-10. Sun., 1-3pm; Mon., 7:30-9:30pm.
There's still time to submit your applications for Fronterafest 2016's Short Fringe. You know you want to have your 25 minutes in the spotlight, to have a performance you've created be the cynosure of your friends and neighbors and the hundreds of citizens from Austin and beyond who attend Fronterafest each year. Well, get to it, because time's a-wasting! See the website for details.