Script Works Signals
A hand to Austin Script Works, that home for dramatic writers, which presents its second annual festival of staged readings by core members this weekend. Script Works Ahead will feature readings of six plays-in-progress and will inaugurate the State Theater's new Classroom Studios. Call 454-9727 for more info.
Allow us at this time to bid a belated adieu to ASW's former executive director. Emily Ball Cicchini, who held that post for the company its first couple of years and who resigned last month in order to pursue more creative projects (like Alaskan Heat Blue Dot, no doubt, in which she was terrific). ASW's co-artistic directors John Walch and Clay Nichols will distribute the exec's duties, with Christina J. Moore helping out. Meanwhile, Cicchini -- who will remain a core member of ASW -- is having her play Becoming Brontë (a Critics' Table winner in 1995) read by the Kitchen Dog Theatre in Dallas. Kitchen Dog is one of several theatres taking part in an alliance called the National Play Network, and the reading is part of a national festival of new plays by that alliance.
Don't Forget to Write
Fond farewells also to local theatre scene regulars Holly Hepp and Sharron Bower. Hepp, head of Zach Scott's Performing Arts School and founder of the Playspace program there, as well as a memorable performer in the record-breaking hit Shear Madness, leaves the theatre this week to head to New York. Bower, an actress of uncommon strength and grace, whose performance in Misalliance was a highlight of the past year and who just completed another great job in AMT's Fiddler on the Roof, also heads for NYC (with new spouse and fellow AMT alum Mark Greene) to break into that theatre scene there. Best wishes to both.
On Founding PD
Michelle Polgar took time out from new-mom duties to jog our memory on The Public Domain's founding referred to here last week. In addition to her and hubbie Robi Polgar, the founders included Ken Westerman, Robert Wagner, Christian Dauer, and Michael Camenisch. Our apologies for the omission.