Butterfly Bar at the Vortex
"...VORTEX Repertory Company has a lot lined up for the rest of 1998: always controversial Annie Sprinkle returns with Herstory of Porn (July 9-12); VORTEX's Summer Youth Theatre takes on the George Orwell parable of power, Animal Farm (July 24-August 1); solo star Rob Nash comes back to take us back to the Eighties in part two of his "Holy Cross Quadrillogy," Sophomore Slump (August 14-30); then another solo star, Heather Woodbury returns to reprise her performance novel What Ever (September 3-20); then crank it up for the Electronic Planet Ensemble's multimedia live music video The Apocalytes (September 24-October 4). For more info, call 478-LAVA...."
"...It seems Austin's arts institutions rarely undergo big personnel changes in isolation. If one company suffers a big change, wait a few minutes and you're likely to see another big change at another company..."
"...It also confirms the success of his first directorial stint in Tokyo, staging The Glass Menagerie three years ago; it was on the basis of that production that Bloom was invited to direct The Miracle Worker. The production opens March 28, which gives Bloom lots of time to refine his skills at directing through an interpreter and saying "Otsukare sama deshita," the ritual closing to every rehearsal, which means "A good day's work." (Think we can get directors here to take up that practice?) Worthy Causes VORTEX Repertory Company and the HIV Wellness Center are presenting a five-night run of concerts by the a cappella group The Flirtations..."
"...Susan Fenichell's updated Bacchae reset that savage tale in a modern hearing room, where the ghosts of Ruby Ridge and Oklahoma City swirled, binding us to ancient horror through our own experience. Gospel transformed Oedipus' drama into a Bible story, rich with spiritual turmoil and eventual redemption. Staged by Dave Steakley and performed by a company that sang with a rare and glorious passion, it lifted us within reach of heaven..."
"...The friends and colleagues of Austin theatre artist T.J. Gaudette will plant a tree in his memory on the grounds of Planet Theatre next Thursday, October 31. The day is the first anniversary of the death of Gaudette, a member of the Austin Circle of Theatres and the VORTEX Repertory Company who is perhaps best remembered for the scenic designs he created for the VORTEX productions Steel Kiss, Wisdom of the Crone, and Free Will and Wanton Lust..."
"...Congraulations to former Austin theatre artist and VORTEX Repertory Company co-founder Steve Bacher. Word from the Planet (Planet Theatre, that is, VORTEX's current home) is that Bacher married Karen Courtney last Saturday in Long Island, New York..."
"...2) 'MURDER BALLAD MURDER MYSTERY' (TUTTO THEATRE COMPANY/VORTEX REPERTORY COMPANY) A hillbilly band, a pool of water, a fire in a night yard. Ladders and ramps, people swingin' from the ceilin', dancin', singin', murderin', and livin' to tell about it..."
"...Parade from Seventh and Congress to Cesar Chavez, west to City Hall, then across the First Street Bridge to Auditorium Shores with Grand Marshals the Biscuit Brothers in the giant H-E-B shopping cart. Also marching by will be Big Chief Kevin; the Texas Rollergirls; the Austin Walkin' Band; the Austin Public Library Bibliophiles, Austin's book-cart drill team; 150 life-sized puppets from Totally Cool, Totally Art; even bigger puppets from Metamorphosis Arte and Vortex Repertory Company; hula-hoop marchers with HOOPCiRCLE; a giant snake and praying mantis from Austin Bike Zoo; the Texas Juggling Society; stilt-walkers from Cubensi; the Capitol City Highlanders Pipe Band; Drishti Dancers; Rah Amen drummers; art carts created by students from the Austin Independent School District; and much more. EVENING PROGRAM: Ongoing all evening..."
"...For some, such as Joe York or Ken Webster, this allows them to earn some real money working for the big companies such as Zachary Scott Theatre Center or the State Theater while retaining their rights to do projects with smaller companies that could never meet a union payroll. Webster, for example, acts regularly at the State and is also artistic director of Subterranean Theatre Company, directing and acting in all manner of plays -- many that the bigger companies would be unlikely to tackle because of the risk involved..."
"...2) IA ENSTERÄ'S SET FOR 'THE TWELFTH LABOR' (Tutto Theatre Company) The roof of the family house seemed to disintegrate into the fly space...."
"...Bonnie Cullum (Vortex Repertory Company) – director, artistic director, company co-founder..."
"...The Cry Pitch Carrolls (Salvage Vanguard Theater) Nothing less than a small miracle. Ruth Margraff's lyrical tale of loss and renewal -- remarkable by itself -- might not have connected as it did had it not been for the jewel of a production lovingly crafted around it by director Jason Neulander and company..."
"...Comedy (tie) Full Gallop, Zachary Scott Theatre Center Twelfth Night, Sneck Up! Productions, in association with VORTEX Repertory Company..."
"...1) PUPPET THEATRE Connor Hopkins (Trouble Puppet Theater Company) and Caroline Reck (Glass Half Full Theatre) have done Jim Henson proud this year with original works The Crapstall Street Boys and FupDuck...."
"...It's Friday, Dec. 7, the night before the aerial circus arts company makes its debut at the State Theater – and people are practicing their craft..."
"...For many a fledgling theatre company, the difference between survival and oblivion is a Don Howell – that is, someone possessed of experience, expertise, and an interest in young artists, and who is willing to aid a group just starting out with encouragement, advice, and resources that will help to keep it alive. Since 1992, when he came to Austin, Howell has made a critical difference in the survival of a number of indispensable theatre companies – Vortex Repertory Company, Frontera Productions (now Hyde Park Theatre), Physical Plant Theater, the Public Domain – as well as a few, such as Troupe Texas and Deus Ex Machina, that disappeared all too quickly..."
"...Despair's Book of Dreams and the Sometimes Radio, VORTEX Repertory Company..."
"...From my survey of 11 local theatre producers, here is a rough look at what they currently pay actors. All figures were supplied by company artistic directors. The Equity Companies..."