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Theatre -- ALL CAPS, All the Time
There's nothing lower-case or lethargic about theatre director, actor, and producer Sharon Sparlin. She's bold, animated, even electric, and channeling all that high-voltage energy into creating equally energetic theatre all the time.
Arts Story  April 13, 2001, by C. Denby Swanson
"...Really, Sparlin hasn't stopped drumming up work since arriving in town: She counts nine productions in just over two years. Actress Rebecca Robertson remembers first meeting Sparlin in a 1999 Public Domain production of Torch Song Trilogy..."

Spreading Ignorance
Lege abortion misinformation and "fetal pain."
News Story  April 19, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...ACLU of Texas Legal and Policy Director Rebecca Robertson noted that Texas already bans abortions after 28 weeks, a constitutional ban that protects the life and health of the mother and contains exception for fetal abnormalities. Laubenberg's bill offers no such exceptions – and because it would ban abortion before viability, the measure would likely be found unconstitutional..."

Troilus and Cressida
The iron belly muses production of Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida sometimes seems to have little to do with Shakespeare's text, and that's a problem, but director Sharon Sparlin does a fascinating job of "updating" the play, and when it works, it works wonders.
Arts Review  March 30, 2001, by Barry Pineo
"...Cressida at times is represented by a large cutout of a nude woman, which is made up with lipstick, rouged nipples, and sketched-in pubic hair. All the female characters, including the mad Cassandra chained, miked, and singing in a cage, and the beautiful Helen, handling a fleshy dildo and riding in a bubblewrap-filled shopping cart, are portrayed convincingly in a single costume by a single performer, Rebecca Robertson..."

A Mid-Indian Summer Night's Dream: Missing the Bluebonnets
Second Stone Theatre's A Mid-Indian Summer Night's Dream takes the play out of Athens and sets it in Austin (kind of), but while the idea is striking, the production doesn't make the transition as completely as it could.
Arts Review  June 16, 2000, by Skipper Chong Warson
"...As male rivals Lysander and Demetrius, Michael Cage and Brian Richard, respectively, seem to have lifted their thumb-hitched-in-their-Wranglers posture from an old Marlboro ad. Rebecca Robertson's agile Puck resembles a punk rock raccoon..."

As in his earlier films The Black Stallion and Never Cry Wolf, Ballard uses his consistently sumptuous visual style in Wind to capture the excitement of yacht racing and its...
Film Review  September 18, 1992, by Pamela Bruce
"...Directed by: Carroll Ballard. Starring: Matthew Modine, Jennifer Grey, Cliff Robertson, Jack Thompson, Stellan Skarsgard and Rebecca Miller..."

Senators Hold Meeting to Reaffirm Anti-LGBT Discrimination
State Affairs Committee hearing used as anti-LGBT soapbox
DAILY News  February 17, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...Aside from the paltry evidence of religious discrimination, the case for a supposed unprecedented threat to Christianity in the state grows even weaker when considering a Texas-based law that protects religious freedom has existed, with bipartisan support, since 1999. Rebecca Robertson, legal and policy director with the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas reminded senators the state already has an effective religious protection on the books – the Texas Religious Freedom and Restoration Act, which bars government agencies from “substantially burden[ing]” a person’s free exercise of religion..."

Austin Theatre Critics Table 2000-2001 Nominations
The Austin Theatre Critics Table have announced the nominations for their ninth annual awards for achievement in the arts.
Arts Story  May 18, 2001
"...Jouét, Allen Robertson..."

Marriage for Everyone
Travis County "overjoyed" to comply with Supreme Court decision
News Story  July 2, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...Rebecca Robertson, legal and policy director with the ACLU of Texas, framed Paxton's claims as misleading. While religious liberty is a fundamental American value protected by the First Amend­ment, when the government comes into play it's not the First Amendment that's at issue – it's the 14th Amendment, which requires all government employees to treat every Texan who walks through the county clerk's offices exactly the same, regardless of who they love, she said...."

Playing Games with Pain
Laubenberg bill would ban abortion after ‘fetal pain’
DAILY News  April 15, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...ACLU of Texas Legal and Policy Director Rebecca Robertson noted that Texas already has a ban on abortions after 28 weeks, a constitutional ban on later-term abortions that protects the life and health of the mother and contains exception for fetal abnormalities. Laubenberg's bill offers no such exceptions – and because it would ban abortion before viability, the measure would likely be found unconstitutional, Robertson said...."

Lege Lines: Islamophobia Is out of Hand
In Texas and the nation, anti-refugee and anti-Muslim fervor grows
News Story  February 2, 2017, by Mary Tuma

Providers Caution Clinics Won't Reopen Soon
Abortion landscape in Texas will take "years" to rebuild post-HB 2
DAILY News  June 27, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...“The law was litigated for three years and in that time, we saw a lot of damage,” said Rebecca Robertson, legal policy director with the ACLU of Texas, during a Monday afternoon press conference held inside ChoiceWorks on I-35 North in Austin, the site of the former Whole Woman’s Health flagship clinic, forced to shut down due to Texas’ House Bill 2. “Some of those clinics are likely not coming back..."

Austin playwrights are drawing attention around the nation, and one theatre company is getting hit by the Macbeth curse smack in the face.
Arts Column  October 27, 2000, by Robert Faires
"...But in the last couple of weeks, he and the cast of his Macbeth have seen the kind of mishaps that have fueled the play's evil rep for four centuries. "The day you run my statement that 'the curse hasn't hit us,'" he notified me by e-mail, "Rebecca Robertson, our Macduff, gets hit square in the face during one of the fight scenes..."

Two arts institutions end their runs: the iron belly muses theatre company and the South Congress visual arts venue Gallery 1313.
Arts Column  April 25, 2003, by Robert Faires
"...When the iron belly muses' production of Pains of Youth ends its run, the company will, too. Co-founding artistic directors Rebecca Nell Robertson and Sharon Sparlin announced via e-mail on Monday that they have decided to dissolve the company and pursue new projects and other interests..."

Rockin' Christmas Party
This year's 'Rockin' Christmas Party' is flashy fun with an onslaught of seasonal classics and popular rock songs that aim to tickle those humbugs away
Arts Review  December 24, 2004, by Heather Barfield Cole
"...All the Scrooges and Grinches will have a hard time staying grumpy during this entertaining excursion. Silly and full of glitz, this homegrown original production has surprising and mainstay musical numbers, conducted by Allen Robertson, that aim to tickle those humbugs away...."

Payne Pleasures 2004
Latest ACoT theatre-award nominations favor two Austin musicals
Arts Story  August 20, 2004, by Robert Faires
"...Allen Robertson, It Ain't Nothin' but the Blues..."

Rockin' Christmas Party
The cast of Zachary Scott Theatre Center's annual Rockin' Christmas Party delivers like crazy for over two hours, but this year's edition feels under-rehearsed and is uncomfortably loud.
Arts Review  December 19, 2003, by Barry Pineo
"...For a solid 21/2 hours, each puts out like crazy, singing and dancing with barely a break. Highlights include the inimitable Judy Arnold just about every time she exercises her vocal cords, but especially on "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and "Silent Night" (and an emphatic nod to musical director Allen Robertson for his pleasing and original arrangement of the latter Christmas standard)...."

The Emperor of the Moon
The Bedlam Faction's sci-fi, action-movie, musical upgrade of Aphra Behn's 17th-century comedy The Emperor of the Moon is a good time that's edgy enough for the wilder bunch and tame enough for conventional crowds.
Arts Review  November 21, 2003, by Heather Barfield Cole
"...Balliardo is amusing, and Robert Stevens, as his servant, uses a comedic stereotype worth noting. Kate Caldwell as daughter Elaria exemplifies the forgiving clumsiness of a teenager in love, and Rebecca Nell Robertson is her sophisticated, graceful cousin..."

Pains of Youth
In the iron belly muses production of Pains of Youth, a group of young, wealthy medical students in 1920s Austria have, well, a lot of sex with each other, and while the actors work it for all they're worth, the quick tempo and constant physical movement lead to a lack of clarity in the story and a lack of, well, sexiness in the sex.
Arts Review  April 11, 2003, by Barry Pineo
"...The characters are an interesting mix: Marie has been sleeping with Petrell, who now wants Irene; the suicidal Desirée wants Marie; and Freder, an intellectual, wants practically any woman he sees, and is willing to pimp for them, if required. Most of the time, director Rebecca Nell Robertson employs a quick tempo and constant physical movement, and while the actors work it for all they're worth, the exposition, of which I'm certain there was some, got lost in the tempo, and I got lost as well..."

1999 Critics' Table Nominations
Arts Story  May 20, 1999
"...Allen Robertson, Schoolhouse Rock..."

Bill of the Week
Legislator wants lawyers for "the unborn"
News Column  March 12, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"..."Texas law already treats pregnant women as second-class citizens, depriving them of the right to decide for themselves whether they want end-of-life medical interventions," said Rebecca L. Robertson, legal and policy director for the Texas ACLU in an email..."

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