The North Door
"...Machinal, Paper Chairs..."
"...I enjoyed not only the execution of the piece, but the rippling effect of linkages I have discovered upon further reflection. -- Dawn Davis MACHINAL: REPRESSION IN BLUE..."
"...Both also came through the ranks of the company's Summer Youth Program, which is at least partly responsible for propelling them into such active theatrical careers so early. It was in the program's 1999 show, Machinal, that the two had their first chance to collaborate, and the results were memorable, with Doss earning a Payne Award nomination for her performance in the lead role, Barfield earning a nomination for her direction, and the production winning the award for Outstanding Show for Children...."
"...Recent Roles: Robbie, Shopping and Fucking, Vortex, 2001; Yasanoah, The Deluge: On the Shoulder of Night, Vortex, 2001; Norman, Norm L, Vortex, 1999; Sidney Carton, Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities, Vortex, 1999, 1997; The Lover, Machinal, Vortex Summer Youth Theatre, 1999; Ophydon, Triskelion, Vortex, 1998; Fool, Lucifa, Vortex, 1996; Presley Stray, The Pitchfork Disney, Vortex, 1996...."
"...The evening was most rewarding for two companies: VORTEX, which shared in honors for five awards, plus a Nominating Committee Special Award for its production of The X & Y Trilogy; and Zilker Theatre Productions, which saw its production of Big River win five awards a big comeback for the Summer Musical after several seasons of living in the shadow of two local musical powerhouses, Austin Musical Theatre and the Zachary Scott Theatre Center. The evening also saw a trio of double winners: actress Sharron Bower, honored for her work in AMT's Fiddler on the Roof and UT's Misalliance; actor Martin Burke, recognized for his work in Zach's Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika and Sneck Up!'s Twelfth Night; and departing ACoT Executive Director Ann Ciccolella for her direction of Austin Theatreworks' Tales From Shakespeare and First Stage's My Children! My Africa! Outstanding Production of a Play for ChildrenMachinal (Vortex Summer Youth Theatre)..."
"...Several of the theatre artists in the company Paper Chairs (Boom for Real, Hillcountry Underbelly, Machinal) work as models for visual artists, and for EAST they're merging both worlds in a figurative art performance installation, where they pose and the public draws and paints them. Artists are encouraged to bring their supplies and easels and create portraits of Kelli Bland, Elizabeth Doss, Meghan Adriel Dwyer, Michelle Keffer, and Jorge Sermini..."
"...It was, without question, a tale drawn from that city's past, but in its telling, I caught echoes of Austin. Scenic designer Dan Ostling's bare stage, with its thick wooden planks and trap doors, called to mind the sets for Paper Chairs' Machinal and Baal, and some of director Amanda Dehnert's striking images – such as dripping wet clothes suspended in air to represent the dead pulled from the river – shared the theatrical punch of those conjured by, say, Dustin Wills and Dave Steakley..."
"...6) 'MACHINAL'/'BAAL' (PAPER CHAIRS) This pair of post-World War I tragedies from Dustin Wills' new troupe may have served a double shot of bleakness regarding humankind, but they were among the year's most theatrically invigorating shows, rich in surprises and daring performances from fearless ensembles...."
"...3) 'MACHINAL' (PAPER CHAIRS) A company with a knack for using space like no one else. This arresting production will always be filed in my mind as the one with doors in the floor...."
"...4) GABRIEL LUNA AS THE LOVER IN 'MACHINAL' (PAPER CHAIRS)..."
"...For 15 years, Vortex Repertory Company's Summer Youth Theatre has been not patronizing kids. On the contrary, this program has historically chosen challenging and significant material for its participants to tackle, works ranging from Bertolt Brecht's The Good Woman of Setzuan to Sophie Treadwell's Machinal..."
"...Matthew Patterson, Machinal..."
"...Garnering 10 nominations apiece were the Austin Musical Theatre production of Gypsy (nominated for Outstanding Musical, with nods to Scott Byron and Richard Thompson for their direction and choreography) and the Sneck Up!/VORTEX production of Twelfth Night (nominated for Outstanding Play, with nods to all six performers and lighting designer Jason Amato), and the Zachary Scott Theatre Center's staging of the second half of its epic Angels in America production, Part Two: Perestroika, won nine nominations (for Outstanding Play, Outstanding Director of a Play for Dave Steakley, and nominations for four of the show's actors). Among shows for children, the VORTEX Repertory Company Summer Youth Theatre production of Machinal and the kidsActing revival of Bugs!won six nominations each, with both nominated in the categories of Outstanding Production and Outstanding Direction..."
"...Machinal Seminal feminist drama by Sophie Treadwell revived by VORTEX Repertory Company for its Summer Youth Theatre program. July 23-31, Thu-Sat..."