Austin Theatre: What will be will be

Three Austin theatre artists – actress Lee Eddy, choreographer Robin Lewis, and Adam Sultan – dish about their visions of the year to come

If 2006 had Austin's artists dancing 80 feet in the air, what feats are in store for us in 2007? The Chronicle dishes about the future with three of the people who are sure to be big players in the year to come: actress Lee Eddy (Salvage Vanguard Theater/St. Idiot Collective), choreographer Robin Lewis (TexARTS/Zachary Scott Theatre Center), and actor/composer Adam Sultan (Salvage Vanguard Theater).


Austin Chronicle: How would you define yourself within the context of Austin theatre?

Lee Eddy: The tall girl that gets "You have such an expressive face" after every show? I have stuck my finger in almost every pie in the Austin Theatre Scene Bake Sale. But when you're in the heart of the metaphoric forest, it's kind of difficult to tell which tree you most resemble. So I guess I'm the tall girl that lives in a forest of theatre trees that have annual bake sales. And I answer difficult questions with metaphors.

Robin Lewis: I am a relative newcomer to the scene, which is humbling. There are so many great artistic visionaries in this town. It's been an honor to share what I've gleaned from my years of work on Broadway.

Adam Sultan: I started composing music for Austin theatre about 10 years ago and have maintained a tenuous position in the scene ever since. I'm typically cast as "the guy who comes onstage with a guitar and sings a song."

AC: What do you hope to accomplish in 2007?

Eddy: World domination? That might be aiming too high … regional domination? I'm really hungry to do something that is outside of my normal boundaries – something that won't let me rely on a well-nourished bag of tricks.

Lewis: I hope to have the great fortune to continue a wonderful creative partnership with Dave Steakley. I hope that TexARTS gives back to this community as much as the community has given us.

Sultan: I'm most interested in recording and touring my band, Mistress Stephanie and Her Melodic Cat. If our New Year's show is any success, I'd like to continue producing collaborative multimedia events. Or at least throw more big parties.

AC: What do you hope to see/hear on an Austin stage in 2007?

Eddy: I cannot wait for the Salvage Vanguard theatre to open, Jenny Larson directing Abi Basch's Voices Underwater, those Rubber Rep boys and whatever they have up their Crisco-greased sleeves, St. Idiot Collective's summer show, New Works Fest at UT … so many great voices getting so many first tries.

Lewis: I hope to see more of the wonderful diversity of art and artist that makes this town so unique. One big thing I'm looking forward to is seeing LaVelle White in Big River at the Paramount. I think she's the real deal.

Sultan: 1) Anything involving Phil Soltanoff, a director from New York. 2) Me without an instrument. 3) A really great "straight" play produced by an "experimental" company. Call me old-fashioned, but I like drama, I like comedy. That said, I think Austin fosters some of the most innovative and daring theatre artists I've seen, and I wouldn't want to change that for the world.

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Lee Eddy, Salvage Vanguard Theater, St. Idiot Collective, Robin Lewis, TexARTS, Zachary Scott Theatre Center, Adam Sultan

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