Sisters Under The Skin

By Paullette MacDougal
Directed by Gaia Farnam

Production dates May 4th – 20th, 2012.

CAST
Elizabeth Van Lew - Rae Peterson
Varina Davis - Peggy Schott
Mary - Rodnesha K. Green

A slave and her owner conspire to help Lincoln win the American Civil War. This historically true espionage story follows the heroic intelligence work of slave Mary Bowser, who conspired with her abolitionist owner Elizabeth Van Lew that Bowser be “hired out” as a dining room serving girl in the household of Jefferson Davis. There she reported what she saw and heard – strategies, troop movements, battle plans -- to Van Lew, who sent the information north to the Union. Mary Bowser became Abraham Lincoln’s eyes and ears in the heart of the Confederacy.

MAY 4th-20th, 2012
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm • Sundays at 3 pm
HOWSON HALL THEATER
Map to First UU Church

TICKETS
$20 Opening Night Gala, Friday, May 4th
(includes a special reception with refreshments)
$15 all other performances
($10 for seniors and groups of 10 or more)

RESERVATIONS
Sorry, all remaining shows have SOLD OUT!
Reservations by web, phone 744-1495 or Purchase via Paypal
Free childcare May 6th Matinee if reserved by Apr 29th.
Email childcare@austinuu.org or call 452-6168, ext. 313

Searching for Eden

Written by James Still, after Mark Twain
Directed by Joni McClain

Production dates Feb 10 - 26, 2012.

Adam and Eve meet in paradise and embark on an epic, exuberant battle of the sexes. Several thousand years and a fall from grace later, the middle-aged couple returns to present-day Eden, now an upscale resort. Searching for Eden is a fresh, funny new look at the question of how to make the magic last, and a tender testament to enduring love.

FEB 10th-26th, 2012
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm • Sundays at 3 pm
HOWSON HALL THEATER
Map to First UU Church

TICKETS
$20 Opening Night Gala, Friday, Feb 10th
(includes a special reception with refreshments)
$15 all other performances
($10 for seniors and groups of 10 or more)

RESERVATIONS
Reservations by web, phone 744-1495 or Purchase via Paypal
Free childcare Feb 12 Matinee if reserved by Feb 5.
Email childcare@austinuu.org or call 452-6168, ext. 313

Guest Artist

Written by Jeff Daniels
Directed by Karen Jambon

Production dates Oct 14 -30, 2011 .

Starring:
Joe Penrod - Harris
Tyler Jones - Kenneth
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A funny and touching drama about what happens when a young man meets his washed-up idol in a small town bus station. Truth happens as each stumbles upon his own profound self-discovery. A semi-autobiographical drama by the much-acclaimed film and TV actor, Jeff Daniels.

OCT 14 - 30, 2011
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm • Sundays at 3 pm
HOWSON HALL THEATER
Map to First UU Church

TICKETS
$20 Opening Night Gala, Friday, Oct 14
(includes a special reception with refreshments)
$15 all other performances
($10 for seniors and groups of 10 or more)

SPECIAL BENEFIT PERFORMANCE
Thurs Oct 20th
$20 - Includes special reception with refreshments
For Urban Patchwork Neighbourhood Farms
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RESERVATIONS
Reservations by web, phone 744-1495 or Purchase via Paypal
Free childcare Oct 16 Matinee if reserved by Oct 9.
Email childcare@austinuu.org or call 452-6168, ext. 313

Independence

Written by Lee Blessing
Directed by Lisa Foster

Production dates June 3 -19, 2011 .

Starring:
Evelyn: Kathleen Lawson
Kess: Shannon Davis
Jo: Christina Leidel
Sherry: Courtney Outlaw

A vivid, tender and humorous window into a family
with an eccentric and possessive mother of three
grown daughters, each seeking her own
independence.

JUNE 3-19, 2011
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm • Sundays at 3 pm
HOWSON HALL THEATER
Map to First UU Church

TICKETS
$20 Opening Night Gala, Friday, June 3
(includes a special reception with refreshments)
$15 all other performances
($10 for seniors and groups of 10 or more)

RESERVATIONS
Reservations by web, phone 744-1495 or Purchase via Paypal
Free childcare June 5 Matinee if reserved by May 29.
Email childcare@austinuu.org or call 452-6168, ext. 313

Auditions for Independence

Auditions for 'Independence' by Lee Blessing will be held April 4 & 5, 7-9 pm at the Dougherty Arts Center. Production dates are June 3-19.

Roles available for 4 actresses to play 4 well-written, completely developed characters that consist of a mother and 3 daughters:

Evelyn -- 50's-60's, mother of three grown daughters, needy, off-the-wall, controlling, comic timing absolutely necessary

Kess -- mid to late 30's, independent, intellectual, professor of english literature, hard shell w/ vulnerable inside, transforms within the play

Jo -- late 20's or early to mid 30's, pregnant, kind, dutiful, caretaker of Mom, low self-esteem, makes a transformation within the play

Sherry -- 19, graduating from high school in a few weeks, selfish by necessity, snarky, has great comic lines so comic timing necessary

Setting: Independence, Iowa 1984, oldest daughter and english professor Kess, is called home to tend to her unstable mother and desperate sisters.

Directed by Lisa Foster. Auditionees are requested to read the script available for check-out at the mailroom at 1st UU Church, 4700 Grover and at Austin Creative Alliance office (formerly ACOT), at 701 Tillery. For more information, email info@paradoxplayers.org or call (512) 673-7753.

Biography

Written by S.N. Behrman
Directed by Dr. Charles R. Hill


Production dates Feb 11th - 27th.

Marion Froude is known for her many romantic adventures. Her Manhattan salon is a haven for the famous and infamous. When this free-spirited portrait artist writes her autobiography, scandal looms, and panic ensues among her male acquaintances. Written and set in 1932, this drawing-room comedy touches on themes just as relevant today.

FEBRUARY 11 - 27, 2011
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm - Sundays at 3 pm

CAST
Lisa Foster
Bobbie Erb
Matt Burnett
Ariel Sauceda
Ashley Edwards
Mick D'Arcy
Tyler Lawson.

See the photos on Flickr!

HOWSON HALL THEATER
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin
4700 Grover Avenue
Map to First UU Church

TICKETS
$20 Opening Night Gala
(includes a special reception with refreshments)
$15 all other performances
($10 for seniors and groups of 10 or more)

RESERVATIONS
Reservations by web, phone 744-1495 or Purchase via Paypal

FREE CHILDCARE PERFORMANCE
Free Childcare for Sun Feb 13th performance if reserved by Feb 6th.
Email childcare@austinuu.org or call 452-6168, ext. 313

Incorruptible

Written by Michael Hollinger
Directed by Gary Payne


Production dates October 1-17.

Incorruptible is irreverent….and irresistibly fun! Paradox Players’ upcoming production opens Oct 1 for a 3-week run in Howson Hall at 1st Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover. Written by Michael Hollinger and directed by Gary Payne, this madcap comedy is set in the Dark Ages featuring destitute monks in the body parts business, a one-eyed minstrel, reunited young lovers, and the eternal belief in miracles. Welcome to Priseaux, France, c. 1250 A.D. Times are tough. The river flooded again, the chandler's shop just burned and the patron saint of the local monastery hasn't worked a miracle in years. In other words, the Dark Ages still look pretty dark. Monty Python meets the Marx Brothers in this lightning fast farce. Think MONKS RUN AMOK. Comedy with a Capital C!

A piece of remarkably dexterous craftsmanship."
—Philadelphia Inquirer.

"A farcical romp, scintillating and irreverent."
—Philadelphia Weekly.

CAST
Matt Burnett (Felix)
Don Owen (Charles)
Georges Spelvineau (Martin)
Cynthia Schiebel (Peasant)
Rae Petersen (Agatha)
Megan Minto (Marie)
Ariel Sauceda (Jack)
Frank Rios (Olf)

OCTOBER 1 – 17, 2010
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm • Sundays at 3 pm

HOWSON HALL THEATER
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin
4700 Grover Avenue
Map to First UU Church

TICKETS
$20 Opening Night Gala
(includes a special reception with refreshments)
$15 all other performances
($10 for seniors and groups of 10 or more)

RESERVATIONS
Reservations by web, phone 744-1495 or Purchase via Paypal

FREE CHILDCARE PERFORMANCE
Free Childcare for Sun October 3 performance if reserved by September 26.
Email childcare@austinuu.org or call 452-6168, ext. 313

Charlie Cox Runs with Scissors


by Michael McKeever • Directed by Lisa Foster

A dramatic comedy — a battle between Love and Death over the fate of Charlie Cox, a man who’s never been in love, and never taken a risk.

Featuring:
Charlie - Jesse Griffith
Wally - Doug LeBelle
Nell - Ashley Edwards
Travis - Peter Blackwell
Kiki - Kathleen Lawson

"A joyous, uplifting work from a playwright who gets better with every story he tells." — Christine Dolen, Miami Herald

"Rife with wit and humor . . . Highly recommended."
— Lisa Gauthier, Nuvo.net (Indianapolis, IN)

June 4 to 20, 2010
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm • Sundays at 3pm
Howson Hall Theatre
First Unitarian Universalist Church at 4700 Grover Ave.
Map to First UU Church

Tickets:
$20 Opening Night Gala (Fri Jun 4th)
$15 all other performances ($10 for seniors and groups of 10 or more)
Reservations by web, phone 744-1495 or Purchase via Paypal

Free Childcare
Free childcare Jun 6 performance at 3pm if reserved at childcare@austinuu.org by May 31

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See photos from the show!

The Duck Variations

by David Mamet.

The Duck Variations

Watching ducks and ruminating on their behavior, two elderly men compose a beautiful fugue on the human condition - on family and friendship, the possibility of happiness and, not incidentally, the mating habits of water fowl.

"A brilliant little play" --The Guardian

"A gorgeously written, wonderfully observant piece whose timing and atmosphere are close to flawless." --New York Magazine

Directed by Chris Jimmerson, starring Bob Brody and Ed Nichols.

Admission free, in celebration of our 10th anniversary! HOWEVER, RESERVATIONS NECESSARY, AS SPACE IS LIMITED.

Two performances only
Sat, April 17 at 8:00
Sun, April 18 at 3:00.

Howson Hall Theater
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin
4700 Grover Avenue

Reservations by web or phone 744-1495

Shards of Love

by Paullette MacDougal

Shards of Love
photo by Concepts Photography

A World Premiere!

Eight Stories, Eight Couples, Eight Less-than-Perfect Relationships.

From a couple in their twenties to a couple in their nineties, these short comedies explore love, marriage and commitment in farcical, funky, wistful, sweet, and murderous variations.

This play was created especially for the Valentine season of Paradox Player's 10th Anniversary year. Paulette MacDougal is also the author of Waiting for MacArthur, which was seen on this stage in 2003.

SHARDS OF LOVE is directed by Lisa Foster, Charles R. Hill, Joni McCLain, Ann Edwards

Feb 12th - 28th, 2010
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm
Sundays at 3 pm

Howson Hall Theater
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin
4700 Grover Avenue

Photos:
Shards of Love

FREE CHILDCARE for matinee performance on Feb 14th if reserved by Feb 7th. For childcare reservations please email childcare@austinUU.org or phone 452-6168, ext 12.

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On Golden Pond


by Ernest Thompson, directed by Chris Jimmerson.

This funny, touching and warmly perceptive family study was an instant critical and popular success on Broadway and still resonates today. A revealing look at enduring love, family and change, no matter what stage of life.

Featuring
Norman – Don Owen
Ethel – Kathleen Lawson
Charlie – Peter Blackwell
Chelsea – Annalee Langham
Billy Ray – Cody Moffitt
Bill Ray – Benjamin Weaver

Sept 18th-Oct 4th, 2009
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm
Sundays at 3 pm

Howson Hall Theater
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin
4700 Grover Avenue

Tickets:
$20 Opening Night Gala (Fri Sept 18th)
$15 all other performances ($10 for seniors and groups of 10 or more)
Reservations by web, phone 744-1495 or Purchase via Paypal

FREE CHILDCARE for matinee performance on Sept 20th if reserved by Sept 13th. For childcare reservations please email childcare@austinUU.org or phone 452-6168, ext 12.

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Trying


by Ernest Thompson, directed by Gary Payne.

Jun 12th - Jun 28th, 2009

Social Security


by Andrew Bergman, directed by Dr. Charles R. Hill

Tango of sex, love and lies

Comic sparks fly when a couple’s cantankerous mother lands on their doorstep and their niece suddenly declares her sexual freedom. Can love conquer all in the end? This romantic comedy is sure to give a good laugh and more. Ages 14+ recommended.

February 13-March 1, 2009
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm
Sundays at 3 pm

Howson Hall Theater
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin
4700 Grover Avenue

Tickets:
$20 Opening Night Gala (Fri Feb 13)
$20 Valentines Gala (Sat Feb 14)
$15 all other performances ($10 for seniors and groups of 10 or more)
Reservations by web, phone 744-1495 or Purchase via Paypal

FREE CHILDCARE for matinee performance on Feb 15th if reserved by Feb 7th. For childcare reservations please email childcare@austinUU.org or phone 452-6168, ext 12.

Photos from Social Security (the full set)

That Fabulous Century

The Paradox Players invite you to an evening of wine, food and music. A musical revue titled That Fabulous Century created by Dr. Charles R Hill recalls how the events of the 20th century shaped and changed our lives and lifestyles.

Tapas provided by Sampaios Brazilian Restaurant, wine and other beverages will be served. A silent auction will run before the start of the revue and during the intermission. Selected guests will also win door prizes. It promises to be a fabulous evening of music, fine food, and fellowship.

Sat Nov 8th 2008 at 7:30pm
Howson Hall Theater
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin
4700 Grover Avenue

Tickets:
The price is only $30 per person. Seating is limited to 50 guests. To make your reservation send a check to the Paradox Players at the above address no later than November 1st.

Third


by Wendy Wasserstein, directed by Karen Jambon

As tensions mount between a renowned Shakespearean college professor and her unusual student Third, Wasserstein (a most liberal playwright herself) subjects liberal thinking to satire and scrutiny.

Sept 19 - Oct 5, 2008
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm
Sundays at 3 pm

Photos from Third (the full set)

Howson Hall Theater
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin
4700 Grover Avenue

Tickets:
$20 Opening Night
$15 all other performances ($10 for seniors and groups of 10 or more)
Reservations by web, phone 744-1495 or Purchase via Paypal

FREE CHILDCARE for matinee performance on Sept 21 if reserved by Sept 14. For childcare reservations please email childcare@austinUU.org or phone 452-6168, ext 12.

Necessary Targets


(Pamela Denise Weaver and Lisa Foster, Photo by Bill Reid)

By Eve Ensler, Directed by Chris Jimmerson

A drama of resiliency, change and personal discovery set in NYC and Bosnia. Two American women travel to Bosnia to help women refugees confront their memories of war. All seven women emerge deeply changed as they explore their fears and share their humanity. Based on interviews conducted by Eve Ensler with numerous women who survived the civil war in the former Yugoslavia, this play is filled with both humor and poignancy and is a timely reminder of how America struggles to define its relationship to the rest of the world.

"...bold and provocative... artistically introspective...bristles with enough tantalizing topics to fuel a year's worth of symposiums..." -The New York Times

"...characters behave like ordinary people under extraordinary duress...Ensler's straightforward intensity and delicate comic relief make (her characters' plight) absorbing and moving." -USA Today

June 13-29, 2008

Photos from Necessary Targets (the full set)


(top row) - Pamela Denise Weaver, Kate Young, Rae Petersen, Adrienne Harrell
(bottom row) - Bethany Harbaugh, Lisa Foster, Alyssa Borg

The Rainmaker


(Photo by Bill Reid)

By N. Richard Nash, Directed by Charles R. Hill.

This romantic comedy set in a Kansas cattle ranching community is a classic story of finding hope and love in a time of severe drought and dried-up dreams. Desperate measures to attract rain and marriage prospects become intertwined when a mysterious stranger appears.

February 8-24, 2008

Photos from The Rainmaker (the full set)

Cast features:

  • Annalee Langham as Lizzie (Annalee was last seen on Paradox Players' stage as Cherie in the 2006 production of "Bus Stop" and as Nurse in "Wrong Turn at Lungfish", 2005).
  • Don Owen as HC (Don’s recent credits with Paradox Players were Father Nash in "Avow", 2007, and Stage Manager in Our Town, 2007)
  • Conrad Gonzales as Noah.
  • Blake Smith as Jimmy.
  • Robert Kraft as Starbuck.
  • Chris Jimmerson as File.
  • Randall McKee as Sheriff (Randall’s recent credits with Paradox Players were Editor Webb in "Our Town", 2007 and Dub in "Dearly Beloved", 2007.
Avow


(Photo by Bill Reid)

Avow, a comedy/drama by Bill C. Davis. Directed by Charles R. Hill.

Two gay men ask their liberal priest to witness and bless their vows to each other. This catalytic request triggers a series of separate yet linked spiritual journeys and reexaminations of life decisions, as characters seek to balance passion, commitment and faith. This is a powerful, thought-provoking play for mature audiences.

   "Timely and provocative…"
         — New York Times

Photos from Avow

Our Town

By Thornton Wilder, directed by Gary Payne.
June 15 - July 1, 2007.




(l to r: Doug Costello, Don Owen and Nicole Weber) (Photo by Bill Reid)

Set in turn of the 20th century Grovers Corners, New Hampshire, Our Town explores the universal themes of family, community, marriage and death. This must see stage classic is great family entertainment, suitable for all ages.

Photos from Our Town

Dearly Beloved

By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten // Feb. 2-18, 2007




(l to r: Jan Phillips, Renee Brown, Martina Ohlhauser, Michelle Cheney)

Photos from Dearly Beloved

The Futrelle sisters Frankie, Honey Raye and Twink, are throwing a wedding. Frankie has almost made herself sick with elaborate preparations for her daughter Tina Jo's antebellum wedding, and the rumor mill in their small town of Fayro, Texas, is working overtime. No surprise there, the Futrelle sisters have never been strangers to gossip. In spite of her own marital problems, Frankie has held steadfastly to the hope that she can pull off one "final Futrelle occasion" with elegance and style with the help of a cantankerous wedding coordinator. But on the day of the nuptials, Frankie's hope begins to dim. It is lost completely when word reaches the church that Tina Jo and her fiance have fled Fayro. The sisters ultimately pull together to find ways to keep the unsuspecting guests in the pews while a highway patrolman races off to track down the runaway bride and groom.

PERFORMANCE DATES: February 2 - 18 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm,
Sundays at 3, PLUS a special Valentine's performance on Wednesday, February 14.

Sleuth

By Anthony Shaffer // Sept. 22-Oct. 8

When it comes to springing devlish surprises or teasing audiences by asking them to try telling truth from lies, there's still no thriller as clever or engaging as Sleuth. This award winning metaphysical mystery play still keeps you guessing three and a half decades after it's premiere. A young man arrives at the English country home of a famous mystery writer, only to be unwittingly drawn into a tangled web of intrigue and gamesmanship. The games that are devised, the murders plotted and subverted, add up to increasing suspense and unsolvable crime. It's arguably the world's greatest ever stage thriller.

Winner Best Play Award of the Drama Critics Circle.

"Ingenious skulduggery . . . replete with skillful suspense and inventive tricks." --N.Y. Post.

"Clever . . . intricate. . . . It is good, neat, clean and bloody fun, and I most cordially recommend it." --N.Y. Times.

The Oldest Profession

by Paula Vogel. Directed by Paullette MacDougal and John B. Gordon. June 2-18, 2006.


(Photo: Bill Reid)

As the Reagan years begin, five aging practitioners of the oldest profession are faced with a diminishing clientele and aching joints. With wit, compassion and humor, they learn new tricks as they fight to stay in the Life.

Cast: Ann Edwards, Bobby Erb, Nancy Groblewski, Kathleen Lawson, Susan Roberts. Pianist - Charles R. Hill. Chanteuse (and understudy) - Cynthia Schiebel.

Praise from The New York Times:
"Captures Ms. Vogel's most essential gift as a playwright: an ability to find transfixing warmth and vitality in subjects often employed to titillate or repel... this venturesome dramatist provides a transforming theatrical wit, compassion and tolerance that keeps ... theatergoers hooked."

Free childcare is available with advance reservation for the Sun, June 4 performance. Reservations for childcare must be made by contacting Lara Douglass at lara@austinUU.org by May 25.

Groups of ten or more can get a group rate of $8 per ticket if reserved
in advance (not good for Opening Night).

Bus Stop




This romantic comedy, a classic of the American stage, is set during the 1950’s in a seedy midwestern diner, during a blizzard, and tells the story of the coming of age of a rough around the edges rodeo cowboy and the girl who made him a man.

Bus Stop opens on Friday, February 10 and runs for three weekends. Performances on February 10, 11, 14, 17, 18 and 25 are at 8 p.m. Performances on February 12, 19 and 26 are at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for all shows except February 14. This added performance for Valentines is $15 and includes a reception with special refreshments after the show. Call 744-1495 or click here to reserve tickets for Bus Stop.

Bus Stop will run for three weekends, closing with a 3 p.m. matinee on
Sunday, February 26.

"Mr. Inge has put together an uproarious comedy that never strays from the truth."

--The New York Times Read more »

Wrong Turn at Lungfish

A dark comedy by Garry Marshall and Lowell Ganz

Directed by Paullette MacDougal

"Wrong Turn at Lungfish" was an off-Broadway hit, nominated for the best play prize by both the Tony and Outer Critics Circle awards. This witty, adult and engrossing play delivers some meaningful messages in a very funny fashion.

"Lungfish" is a Pygmalian-like story set in a hospital room, in which the older, more educated character tries to teach the ignorant-yet-lovely younger character a thing or two about life. Perhaps even save her from herself. Of course he does; and as is the nature of this type of story, it is perhaps what he learns from her that is the greater lesson. Thrown in for good measure are philosophical discussions about the meaning of life, and the contemplation of it at the approaching time of death.

Peter Ravenswall is an almost blind terminal patient who is so grumpy he has his student nurse at her wit's end. He doesn't have a "real nurse" because none of them will put up with him. He allows no one to come to see him except Anita Merendino, a ditzy volunteer reader who refuses to go away, no matter how many verbal barbs he showers upon her. She is a young blue collar girl, both sexy and manipulative, with a jealous boyfriend.

In spite of himself, this curmudgeon fails to prevent the young woman from wiggling into his heart. The story is complicated when she asks for money to save Dominic de Caesar, her two bit punk boyfriend, who makes his living beating up people. Then blind Peter tries to take on the punk himself in an uproarious fight scene.. In this poignant comedy our intellectual odd couple finds that within each other lies the missing link in their own personal evolution.

"Humorous laughs, great fun." ABC-TV

"A compassionate, humorous comedy of character, with philosophical overtones and occasional excursions into profundity." Drama-Logue

"An imaginative potion of laughter, lament and transcendence, a strange but inspired mix." Hollywood Reporter

"Written with comic flair and intellectual probing, the play provides an enthralling evening of theater." Near North News, Ill.

Dates are November 11, 12, 18, 19 at 8:00 p.m. and November 13 and 20 at 3:00 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for the November 11 Opening and $10 for all other performances.

Ticket reservations and purchase can be made at www.paradoxplayers.org/tickets.php Read more »

Vanities

A comedy by Jack Heifner

Directed by Gary Payne

Vanities is a laugh-out-loud comedy about the growth of a friendship among three small town Texas women coming of age in the 1960s and '70s. It's an astute, snapshot-sharp chronicle look at their lives with witty dialogue that keeps the audience laughing throughout the production. In 1963, Joanne, Kathy and Mary are aggressively vivacious cheerleaders. Five years later in their college sorority house, they are confronting their futures with nervous jauntiness. In 1974, they reunite briefly in New York. Their lives have diverged, secrets are revealed and old-time banter rings false.

"'VANITIES' Is Unnervingly Funny"--Newsweek

"'VANITIES' Is A Brilliant, Clever Play"--New York Post

"Uncommonly Attractive"--New York Magazine

Dates are June 17, 18, 24, 25 at 8 p.m. and matinees June 19 and 26 at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for the June 17 Opening. All other performances are $10.

Ticket reservations and purchase can be made at http://www.paradoxplayers.org/tickets.php

Ticket purchase ($20) for June 16 Preview Benefit for Meals on Wheels and More, call 476-6325 Read more »

Over the River and Through the Woods

A comedy by Joe DiPietro.

Directed by Lynda Davidson.

This romantic comedy explores "true love" from an unusual angle. Nick spends every Sunday dinner with both sets of his grandparents. When he informs them that he.s accepted a dream job in another city, they scheme to keep him in town by inviting a lovely single young woman to join them for dinner. What ensues will have you chuckling as you ponder the bonds of love across the generations. Di Pietro has a keen ear for dialogue and the yearnings that motivate hilarious banter.

Tickets are $30 for Opening Night February 12, $15.00 for the Matinee Gala on February 13, and $10 for all other performances.

Dates are February 12, 14, 18, 19 at 8:00 p.m. Matinees are February 13 and 19 at 3:00 p.m.

Ticket reservations and purchase can be made at http://www.paradoxplayers.org/tickets.php

Performances are on the Howson Hall stage of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin, 4700 Grover south of 49th Street, between Lamar and Burnet. Read more »

Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas

A Comedy/Drama/Musical, based on the books by Robert Fulghum. Adapted by Ernest Zulia and David Caldwell. Music and lyrics by David Caldwell.

Directed by Lynda Davidson.

This charming show takes a funny, heartwarming and often poignant look at the struggle to find the spirit of the holidays amid the avalanche of commercialism, stress and chaos that seems to come crashing down every December. Through dialogue, storytelling and song, the characters enrich our capacity for imagination and awe.

Robert Fulghum's talent for finding profound meaning in everyday vignettes is remarkable. Audiences of all ages leave the theater feeling nourished and inspired.

A family show appropriate for ages 4 and up.

Tickets are $10 for all performances except Opening Night, which are $15. Half price for ages 12 and under. Advance reservations can be made at http://www.paradoxplayers.org/tickets.php.

Performances on the Howson Hall stage of First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover, south of 49th Street, between Lamar and Burnet.

Dates Opening on Friday, December 3, at 8:00 p.m.

Continuing December 4, 10, and 11 at 8:00 p.m.

Matinees on December 11 and 12 at 3:00.

For more info, email info@paradoxplayers.org. Read more »

Love on Ice

Two new comedies of frosty passion and peculiar proposals

Dates and Locations: April 30 and May 1 (8pm) at the Live Oak UU Church, 3315 El Salido Parkway, Cedar Park. May 6, 7, 8 (8pm) and May 9 (2:30 pm) at First UU Church of Austin, 4700 Grover. It is the same program each location. Tickets are $10 at the door. Advance
reservations can be made at http://www.paradoxplayers.org/tickets.php.

Paradox Players presents the premiere of two new plays by award-winning, Austin-based playwright, Paullette MacDougal: Head over Heels and Hook, Line and Sinker.

In Head over Heels, Izzy easily risks life and limb snowboarding down icy vertical slopes, but resists mightily her boyfriend's proposal of marriage as alarmingly perilous. Can she trust herself enough to get married? Searching for wisdom and confidence, she revisits bad decisions, shares her hilarious (and often pathetic) encounters with men, uses risk analysis spreadsheets to rate her potential mates, and seeks answers in self-help books. Portrayed by Deneen Frazier, Izzy's experiences draw from events in the actress' own life. The play is directed by Loren E. Chadima, a critically acclaimed film and stage director from Los Angeles.

Hook, Line and Sinker, a short romantic comedy that begins the evening, tells of a young man.s idea of a unique and memorable marriage proposal, out on a frozen lake pursuing his favorite outdoor winter sport . ice fishing. However, this is not where his intended bride -- whose favorite winter sport is curling up with a book by a warm fireplace -- wants to be. The drama heats up for this incompatible couple when the fish comes into possession of the diamond ring. This play is written and directed by Paullette MacDougal and features Mark Finn and Cathy Day.

Bios - Head over Heels

Playwright: Award-winning playwright Paullette MacDougal's comedies and dramas have been produced throughout the English-speaking world. (Her much-produced drama, "Solo Flight," concludes a limited run in March 2004 in Adelaide, Australia.) A production of her acclaimed drama, Waiting for MacArthur, produced by Paradox Players in 2002, starred Deneen Frazier. Cactus Pryor of KLBJ News Radio called it "an important drama." This play has since been published by Dramatic Publishing Co. Paullette is Artistic Director of Paradox Players.

Actress: Deneen Frazier has been acting on stage for the past 20 years, always seeking the truth of every character. Recently, she appeared as Darcy Snelgrave in One Flea Spare and as Miriam in Roger & Miriam, both produced by the Vernacurious Performance Group. In her work with Paradox Players, she received a nomination in the 2003 B. Iden Payne awards for .Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama. with her portrayal of Annie Lou Holsom in Waiting for MacArthur. Other Austin appearances include Sylvia (Bastrop Opera House), A Dragon.s Happy Day (Polyanna Theatre Company) and Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (Gaslight Theater). She is thrilled to be collaborating with award-winning local playwright and friend, Paullette MacDougal.

Director: Loren E. Chadima is a graduate of the Trinity Rep Conservatory. She has directed over 20 plays including Juggling Scrod for which she earned 7 award nominations including "Best Director" for Los Angeles's prestigious Valley Artistic Director Awards. Her short film Surprise, a production of the AFI's Directing Workshop for Women, has been screened in over 15 film festivals including the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films, and the Newport International Film Festival. She is known as a great storyteller who finds the truth in the comedy and the comedy in the truth.

Bios - Hook, Line and Sinker

Cathy Day is active in the local theatre scene, having worked with the Paradox Players before, as well as currently acting with the Violet Crown Radio Players. She frequently finds herself using her acting skills when working with her students. Cathy has worked as a speech-language pathologist with preschool through 12th grade children for ten years in both private and public schools in Maryland, California, and Texas. This is her third season with the Violet Crown Radio Players. In her spare time, she loves to read (over her husband Mark Finn.s shoulder) and walk (in Zilker Park).

Mark Finn is a native Texan and professional writer with numerous essays, comic book & radio scripts, and articles and reviews to his name. He is the author of two novels: Gods New and Used and Year of the Hare, and his articles and reviews have appeared on playboy.com and elsewhere. Finn is a founding member of the Violet Crown Radio Players and is an expert on all matters pop cultural, including the Texas author Robert E. Howard. Among other projects he plans a collection of his long running "Finn's Wake" column, currently at home at RevolutionSF.com (www.revolutionsf.com). Read more »

Last of the Red Hot Lovers



Photo copyright © 2004 by Jim Garrison

A Comedy by Neil Simon

Directed by Paullette MacDougal.

The time is 1967. Manhattan. Barney Cashman is in the midst of a mid-life crisis. Faithfully married to his high school sweetheart for decades, he's never even kissed another woman. Now he's wondering what he will have missed if his name suddenly turns up in the obituary column.

Barney fantasizes about one fling, just one perfect, beautiful, afternoon fling. What would it be like to be with another woman? Would he be appealing to her? Would she like him? Would he be successful? Watch what happens when Barney tries to live out his fantasy in his mother's apartment.

Rated PG 13, for mature audiences. Read more »

Twelve Angry Jurors



Publicity photo from 12 Angry Jurors
(copyright © 2003 by Jim Garrison)

Based on the Emmy award-winning television movie by Reginald Rose, Twelve Angry Jurors is adapted for the stage by Sherman Sergel and is presented by Paradox Players. This play picks up where newspaper articles and courtroom cable channels leave off: the jury deliberation. Held behind closed doors, no one except for the jurors -- twelve men and women -- knows how the unanimous final verdict of guilty or not guilty is decided.

A 19 year-old man has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. It looks like an open-and-shut case with no one having anything to gain or lose personally by the outcome. But, it does become personal, with each juror revealing his or her own character as the various testimonies are re-examined, the murder is re-enacted and a new murder threat is born before their eyes! Tempers get short, arguments grow heated and the jurors become twelve angry people.

This intense drama, under the direction of Deneen Frazier, is being performed at The First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin, 4700 Grover Ave., two blocks south of 49th Street, between Lamar Blvd. and Burnet Rd.

Principal players include William Rene, Bob Brody, Ann Edwards, Ed Farrell, Kristen Freeman, Nancy Groblewski, Peter Hancock, Tracy Miller, Ed Nichols, Geoff Pearson, Renei Simms, and Caroline St. Denis.

The show will run the second and third weekends in November. Performances are as follows:


  • Friday, November 7 at 8pm

  • Saturday, November 8 at 8pm

  • Sunday, November 9 at 2:30pm

  • Friday November 14 at 8pm

  • Saturday, November 15 at 8pm

  • Sunday, November 16 at 2:30pm

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