Minneapolis Connections

Looks like I-35 isn't the only thing linking Austin and Minneapolis these days. There's a theatrical bond that's blossomed between the two cities recently, and it's tightening every week. Several out-of-town playwrights who have nearly made Austin a second home -- Ruth Margraff (Wallpaper Psalm and the new Battle of San Jacinto), David Hancock (The Invisible Medium), Erik Ehn (Enfants Perdus, Wolf at the Door) -- have ties with The Playwrights' Center of Minneapolis, an organization for developing new drama. And one local writer -- Sharon Bridgforth (dyke/warrior-prayers) -- has had a residency at the center. Two weeks ago, the center's Play Lab Director, Elissa Adams, made a trip to town to perform in a FronteraFest piece by Daniel Alexander Jones, a center alum and Austin transplant from, yes, Minneapolis. This week, when Frontera@Hyde Park Theatre needed a replacement director for its production of Hancock's Deviant Craft, where did they turn? Minneapolis. At the recommendation of Adams, F@HP hired Matt Wilder for the gig. Now, if they could just send us some cool weather in August...

(Auditions for Deviant Craft will be March 1 & 2. To schedule an audition, call 419-7408, x2.)

A Tree Grows in Austin

Many folks who have contributed to the Zilker Summer Musical over the years are gone now, but they are far from forgotten, and the Friends of the Summer Musical will honor their memory with the planting and dedication of a tree in Zilker Park this week. The following Friends will be memorialized: Phil Allen, Michael Carroccio Ciasullo, Bettie Dahlberg, Daniel Moncivais, Tucker Parmlee, Sean Somoskey, Joe Ryan, and Philip Stansbury. The ceremony will be at the Hillside Theatre at 3pm Saturday, February 22. Call 479-9491 for info.

Art, Meet Net

The Austin Visual Arts Association is ready to get you online with its seminar "Internet Opportunities for the Visual Arts." Attendees can get a sneak peek at TCAnet, the online cultural and arts network from the Texas Commission for the Arts, with Ricardo Hernandez and Laura Wiegand; a tour of Viewtopia Online Gallery from Roxanna Nematollahi; and hear jobs, art, and the Net discussed by Chris Brown and David Claunch. All this is free. Call AVAA Director Sue Fawver to RSVP -- 454-3077 -- then be at the meeting room by Scarborough Phillips Gallery at St. Edward's University on Thursday, February 27, at 9am.

Worthy Causes

The UT Department of Theatre & Dance is offering two-for-one tickets to this weekend's matinee of Wolf at the Door with the donation of two canned goods. The food is being collected for Mary House, a Catholic Worker service organization that Erik Ehn, author of Wolf at the Door, worked with while he was in Austin. The show is Sunday, February 23, 2pm, at the Theatre Room, Winship Drama Building, UT. For info, call 471-1444.

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