Austin Symphony conductor Peter Bay has tremendous regard for both Sergei Prokofiev's score and Sergei Eisenstein's images for the 1938 film Alexander Nevsky, and as he prepares for a live performance of the score as the film is being shown, he talks about this remarkable fusion of image and music and what's involved in performing it live.
Epic is not something often attempted in the theatre, much less by small arts groups, but with Orange, Refraction Arts Project is telling the epic history of a fictitious city across three time periods in four overlapping storylines, with the participation of 15 playwrights and 25 actors.
"In Austin, a city of changes, a book like Anthony Orum's Power, Money & the People: The Making of Modern Austin, is always relevant," writes Michael Erard. "It's the only urban history of Austin, tracing the early decisions that fixed the city's economy, politics, and sense of itself. Unfortunately, the book's availability has been spotty -- until late 2002, when an Oregon press, Wipf and Stock, reissued it."
"The Minotaur, half-man, half-bull, offspring of King Minos' wife Pasiphaë and an ivory bull gifted by Poseidon, doomed to wander the Labyrinth until felled by Theseus' sword, has one of the more interesting lineages in a myth cycle full of obscurantist wild cards," writes Marc Savlov in reviewing Steven Sherrill's debut novel. "The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break anthropomorphizes the bastard bullman way past what the Greeks found satisfactory -- here, he's a line cook in a backwater chowbarn, single and at loose ends."