House of Torment
"...Time was, Salvage Vanguard Theater spent all its time in bars. That is, that's where the rebel company produced all its shows, the better to tap its target audience of under-30s who wouldn't be caught dead (or at least sober) in a mainstream arts venue..."
"...In the 13 years that Salvage Vanguard Theater has been rocking the local theatre scene, he's been the one constant. Whether the company was mounting shows in the Electric Lounge or Hogg Auditorium, whether it was staging edgy new dramas like Caridad Svich's Fugitive Pieces or retro sci-fi spoofs like The Intergalactic Nemesis, Jason Neulander was always at the helm, beating the drum for SVT...."
"...Then they were doing it in theatres though always other peoples' theatres. But now, the folks at Salvage Vanguard Theater are going to be doing it that is, staging plays in their very own space..."
"...For in Lola B. Pierson's deconstruction of Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters, first staged by Salvage Vanguard Theater in 2015, the siblings who famously pined for Moscow are, you could say, grabbed by the pussy and yanked from the grave by a bunch of men who, like so many of those testosterone-fueled prigs in the statehouse and the White House, seek to possess and control women out of the belief it's their God-given right to do so...."
"...It's not uncommon for shows that premiere locally to enjoy another production in the not-too-distant future. With a strong ensemble and creative direction from Larson and Florinda Bryant (who plays Fifth Wife), Denim Doves is certainly worth seeing during this busy time in the theatrical season, and if it returns after coalescing a little more, it may prove one of the more exciting creations to come from Salvage Vanguard Theater's season. Denim DovesSalvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd. www.salvagevanguard.org Through Feb..."
"...This time next week, Salvage Vanguard Theater will be deep in launch mode for the national tour of The Intergalactic Nemesis. Since its birth in the caffeinated confines of Little City a decade ago, SVT's homegrown spoof of sci-fi serials from the Golden Age of Radio has been a hit with local audiences, and now SVT is hoping it will be with audiences across the land..."
"...This first production from Salvage Vanguard Theater after losing its Manor Road space is a mix of abrupt imagery and inverted symbolism. Under the direction of SVT Artistic Director Jenny Larson, actors proceed from moment to moment deliberately, with silences given significant weight..."
"...Turns out they were on to something. Their kind of original, visceral, immediate theatre touched a nerve with that twentysomething audience (and some folks on the far side of 30, too), and Salvage Vanguard Theater became a company to watch...."
"...Baker Theatre: The Mousetrap, by Agatha Christie; Baker Theater, 216 S. Main, Lockhart, 474-TIXS..."
"...And luckily for Austin, it's about to get even stronger. This week sees the grand opening of the Merlin Works Institute for Improvisation and Gnap! Theater Projects Improv Season, giving Austin a third training center and performance space for the improvisatory arts...."
"...As if ColdTowne Theater weren't already known for serving up sensational improv and sketch comedy, now it wants to do the same with theatre? Well, for one night, at least. This Friday, ColdTowne is ringing out the old year with something new: a pair of comedic plays..."
"...With the closing of Salvage Vanguard Theater, it feels a little like the suits are bulldozing over this town's artistic identity, one venue at a time. But on the stretch of Airport between I-35 and Koenig, ColdTowne Theater still flies the flag for comedic performance in Austin − as it has for the past 10 years..."
"...In the 1930s, Adler was a member of the Group Theatre, which pioneered the idea of the ensemble acting company. Local stage companies such as Salvage Vanguard Theater, Rude Mechs, and Bedlam Faction are founded on the same principles, and even local companies not recognized as ensemble companies, such as the Zachary Scott Theatre Center and Austin Playhouse, have groups of actors identified with them..."
"...The New Works Theater Community, as this confederation is called, echoes previous efforts in the stage scene to join together as a community – the Austin Circle of Theaters in the Seventies, the RAT Conference in the Nineties – but it's the first time such an endeavor has been directed toward new play development or won this kind of financial backing. The spark for it actually came from Mellon's national survey on the development and support for new theatrical work, when David Dower, formerly of San Francisco's Z Space Studio and currently with Washington, D.C.'s Arena Stage, made a trip to town..."
"...People are serious. True, we've lost one of the two companies devoted exclusively to puppetry (see "Geppetto Dreams Puppet Company"), but Trouble Puppet Theater Company looks to be picking up the slack, getting funding from the Jim Henson Foundation, attending the O'Neill National Puppetry Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, and now launching this resident artist program, with which Trouble Puppet will bring to Austin puppet artists from around the world, giving them workspace, technical support, and performers so they can experiment with puppet design and workshop new pieces...."
"...Coda Theater Project: The End of Words: An Evening With Eugene Ionesco, by Eugene Ionesco; play! theatre, 1204 Cedar..."
"...Locally, the project was spearheaded by our own nonprofit supporter of live theatre, the Austin Circle of Theaters. "We're a part of the Association of Performing Arts Service Organizations," says Latifah Taormina, ACoT's managing director..."
"...Free theatre. A great way to get people to sample some of the art of the stage, yes? That was the thinking of Theatre Communi-cations Group, a national service organization for nonprofit theatres, when it launched the pilot program of Free Night of Theater in 2005, and the results were encouraging..."
"...Here's the thing about Jason Neulander of Salvage Vanguard Theater: You don't have to pry the words out of him...."
"...There's a full-color painting hidden beneath several coats of white latex on one wall in the lobby of Salvage Vanguard Theater's headquarters on the Eastside of Austin, Texas...."
"...Yet here it is, 12 years later, and that show, The Intergalactic Nemesis, is still feeling the love. Salvage Vanguard Theater's affectionate spoof of the cliff-hangers of yesteryear, performed in the manner of a radio drama, with actors holding scripts in front of microphones and sound effects provided live by Foley artists, has become one of Austin's rare theatrical sensations: a hit with audiences from the first performance, which has had multiple revivals, spawned two sequels, and toured across the country..."
"...Since then, it's matured into Austin's foremost showcase of performance sound art, audiovisual improvisation, nonconformative music, and sensory installations, all from an array of local and international artists and contributors. Curated by the experimentally minded volunteers at homegrown events promotion concern Church of the Friendly Ghost, this year's June 22-26 run returns to the Salvage Vanguard Theater as its swan song...."
"...I'm not going to spend the next two weeks at Salvage Vanguard Theater, scouring the lobby Sherlockwise, trying to find out what the hell happened to all those Kaci Beeler paintings...."
"...Woody Allen’s film Love and Death is undoubtedly a mocking love letter to Fyodor Dostoyevsky. In the tradition of skewering Russian literary giants, Austin’s own Ben Schave sends up Anton Chekhov in Gnap! Theater Project’s The Cherry Bowl, now onstage at Salvage Vanguard Theater...."
"...Bruce Willenzik. Salvage Vanguard Theater..."
"...The New Media Art & Sound Summit this past weekend sustained an unrelenting barrage of experimental artists. No sooner had one act moved off the Salvage Vanguard Theater stage than another played 10 minutes later..."
"...Last Tuesday, as Eugene Chadbourne set up in the Salvage Vanguard Theater, rain and hail began to pelt the metal roof in a spattering percussion that accompanied the furious flurry of banjo licks from the mad Doctor. As he trolled through his massive songbook, including “Checkers of Blood” and a new political screed about the recent election, he contorted the instrument into unnatural sounds that defied its typical sensibilities...."
"...It was four for Thr3e at the Austin Critics Table Awards on Monday night, with Salvage Vanguard Theater's Thr3e Zisters receiving four prizes from the group of area arts writers...."
"...This week saw two even more established performing arts companies suffer the same fate. So to the list of arts groups being forced out of their longtime homes, you can now add Salvage Vanguard Theater and Tapestry Dance Company...."
"...In con flama, we ride the bus all over Los Angeles and come to know that city intimately. But in Salvage Vanguard Theater's production, we come to know even more intimately our fellow riders on the bus, whose stories are shared in Sharon Bridgforth's vibrant, lyrical words and given rich life by the five performers and SVT co-artistic director Florinda Bryant, who directs..."
"...Thr3e ZistersSalvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd. www.salvagevanguard.org Through Feb. 14 Running time: 1 hr., 5 min...."
"..."You feel steamy, punk?" is how we titled last week's blogpost about the steampunk improv show currently at Salvage Vanguard Theater...."
"...When Ice Factory '99, Soho Think Tank's festival of fringe theatre, rocks the City That Never Sleeps this summer, three Austin companies will be in the thick of the action. Theaterless Theater Corps (Golem, Night of the Werewolf), Rude Mechanicals (don b.'s Snow White, Salivation), and KAIROS! Co..."
"...Yes, tonight, from 6:30pm-midnight, Salvage Vanguard Theater's Party on the Vanguard. You'll actually be partying in the Vanguard, but don't let semantics discourage you! The SVT does a whole lotta cool things in town, and I'm sure they're open to interpretation...."
"...Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 E. Manor Rd., 512/474-7886 www.luckychaos.com Through Jan..."
"...As a "student over traditional age," I was more interested in the history of philosophy, but found it fascinating to see the minds of my younger classmates expand as they were challenged with thoughts they'd never dared to have before – though on my end, most of the conventions discussed had already been fully explored years ago among buddies with a black light and a bong. With Trouble Puppet Theater Company's Wars of Heaven: Smackdown!, the challenge of repackaging these ideas for a fresh take is well met, though the production elevates itself a bit past its core message...."
"...January seems to be a fortuitous month for improv launches. Last January saw the debut of the Institution Theater..."
"...Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd. Friday, April 25 8pm..."
"...This first-ever OUTsider boasts collaborative roots, a gang of artists on a mission to showcase queer artists and their work from all disciplines – film, theater, performance art, music, visual art – from across the globe. OUTsider aspires to reconcile varying approaches to art by flipping the whole festy-concept on its head, hosting conference-style sessions in informal settings, in which academic panels and participants and audience members alike might discuss art in relation to queer culture...."
"...31-Sept. 6, with performances scheduled at Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd.; the Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress; ColdTowne Theater, 4803 Airport; the Velveeta Room, 521 E..."
"...10-11pm: LA Party. Phil Soltanoff & David Barlow (New York City), AustinVentures StudioTheater, 501 W..."
"...Current home company Frontera continues the tradition with its adventurous new dramas challenging theatrical conventions, and the annual performance jamboree it sponsors, FronteraFest, where more original work is performed in a month than most theatre cities see in a year. And when Frontera isn't producing, other companies -- e.g., Salvage Vanguard Theater, root wy'mn theatre, Rude Mechanicals -- frequently book the space to premiere new drama of their own..."
"...Once the march had passed the windows outside council chambers at City Hall, a rally was held with calls for support from Austin Creative Alliance Director John Riedie, Salvage Vanguard Theater Artistic Director Jenny Larson, and Salvage Vanguard Theater Managing Director Florinda Bryant...."
"...Inside a dark room at the Salvage Vanguard Theater, a man stands behind a table alight with burning candles. He's wearing glasses and a black T-shirt, reciting from a book...."
"...Austin will get its latest taste of Bucci's sharp but tasty work when Salvage Vanguard Theater opens its production of Bucci's Stranger Desire July 26. Salvage Vanguard is the company which has staged the world premieres of most of Bucci's work to date, and it's the reason Bucci came to Austin in the first place..."
"...Earning the most attention from the group were two premieres: Ballet Austin's Belle Redux/A Tale of Beauty & the Beast and the UT Department of Theatre & Dance's Refugia, created with the Moving Company, each of which received seven nominations. Four productions captured six nods apiece: Zach Theatre’s Texas premiere of the Robert Schenkkan political drama All the Way; Austin Opera's modern-day staging of Verdi's A Masked Ball; Salvage Vanguard Theater's undead riff on Chekhov, Thr3e Zisters; and the Texas State University Department of Theatre & Dance's spirited revival of Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate...."
"...CDS: It had grown, definitely. I feel like the Rude Mechanicals sort of came into their own in those years, and dirigo group came around, and Salvage [Vanguard Theater] came into its own in a really strong and forceful way, and there are all these other smaller groups that keep happening, like the piece that happened in the guy's house, At Home With Dick..."
"...R: Salvage Vanguard Theater is another company that publishes new scripts. It's part of Salvage Vanguard's mission to make copies of new plays available..."
"...At any given moment, someone is writing a song or penning a screenplay; poetry and prose litter Austin's diverse literary circles; papers shuffle and flit in academia; a robust appetite for information keeps the presses rolling for daily, weekly, and monthly publications; even the legislature gets in on the act every other year. The local theatre scene boasts strong, unique writers of its own: Steve Moore of Physical Plant Theater; Sharon Bridgforth of root wy'mn; Ellsworth Schave at Live Oak Theatre; Kirk Smith, Aaron Brown, and Chad Salvata at VORTEX Repertory Company..."
"...Physical Plant Theater: Mythic Undertow..."