The Zachary Scott Theatre Center has ended its 10-week run of the a
cappella musical Avenue X, but it was able to send off the show with
a couple of sizable flourishes. The first was in the December issue of
American Theatre magazine, which led off its listing of productions
around the country with a sizable photo from Zach's production. (Alongside the
closeup of performers John Robinson and Roderick Sanford was a quote from
director Dave Steakley.) The second came the production's last weekend, when
the show's creators, John Jiler and Ray Leslee, flew down from New York to see
ZSTC's version. According to Steakley, the authors "were really, really
pleased. They sent a wonderful letter to the cast this week. And they fell in
love with [actors] Meredith Robertson and Janis Stinson. For an hour, that was
all they would talk about." Steakley reports that some significant rewrites of
the script may come out of Zach's production. And future productions of this
script and collaborations with the playwrights may involve some of the talent
from Austin. Stay tuned.
Avenue X Marks the Spot
Live Oak Theatre and Lone Star scribe Larry L. King are teaming up once more.
The two, which have enjoyed a relationship since 1988, when Live Oak produced
King's drama The Night Hank Williams Died, will re-team next spring for
a production of King's latest, a comedy titled The Dead Presidents'
Club. The play, which imagines former Chief Executives Richard Nixon,
Lyndon Johnson, Harry Truman, and Calvin Coolidge cooling their heels together
in the Afterlife, is set for a world premiere run May 3-28 at the State Theatre
on Congress. The production will star actors G. W. Bailey (Police
Academy) and Barry Corbin (Northern Exposure), both of whom
participated in a staged reading of the play at Southwest Texas State
University. For more info, call 472-5143.
King, Live Oak at It Again
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