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Gospel Postponed

January 12, 1996, Arts

The most ambitious project on the Zachary Scott Theatre Center 1995-96 season will not open on February 3 as originally scheduled. The Gospel at Colonus, an adaptation of Sophocles' Greek drama Oedipus at Colonus set to gospel music, has been postponed until September, according to ZSTC's Managing Director Dave Steakley. Steakley, who is directing the show, disclosed that difficulties in securing the full 40-member company of African-American performers for the original run date led to his decision to postpone: "At this time, not all of the Austin gospel artists and actors who I want to be a part of ZACH's production are available, and frankly, I am unwilling to compromise on an aspect of this project -- especially casting." Steakley adds that moving the project to September will accommodate the artists he seeks. ZACH will fill the vacancy in the schedule with a revival of Soul Sisters: Judy and Andra in Concert, with Andra Mitrovich and Judy Arnold of the ZSTC production of Beehive, Kenneth Williams, and Roderick Sanford.

Looking for Characters

Anyone who daydreams of having their face on the silver screen, take note. Austin film director Rick Linklater (Before Sunrise, Dazed and Confused, Slacker) is embarking on a new project, to be filmed in the Austin area, and he's especially interested in filling it with "interesting faces" of local folks. The picture, titled The Newton Boys, concerns a crew of Lone Star bank robbers in the 1920s. Linklater is looking for people of all ages and ethnicities to realistically portray folks who lived in certain parts of the U.S. in the early 20th century. Here's a bonus: No acting experience necessary. Interested parties should send a mug shot (non-returnable) and pertinent personal info to: Lizzie Martínez, 504 W. 24th St., #430, Austin, TX 78705.

FronteraFest Kicks Off

Austin's most exciting theatrical fiesta is back again, bigger and better than ever. FronteraFest, Frontera@Hyde Park's annual jam of short performance pieces, has more than 200 artists taking part this year, serving up over 40 works. In addition to the usual adventurous efforts by a strong array of local actors, writers, and dancers, FronteraFest '96 will feature special weekend appearances by out-of-town guests, including San Francisco playwright Erik Ehn, Dallas director/actor Raphael Perry, and Seattle's "Best Solo Artist of 1995" Kristen Kosmas. To get a head start on the proceedings, check out the Fest Benefit and Kick-Off Party, Saturday, January 16, at QuackUp's, 2120 Guadalupe, above Quackenbush's. There will be food, music, entertainment, and a silent auction, but best of all, you can get the scoop on the really "can't-miss" nights for the upcoming month. Tickets are on a sliding scale: $5-$50. For tickets, call Hyde Park Theatre, 452-6688.

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