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Sunday, February 22 at 6:30pm
State Theatre, 719 Congress Ave.

Bringing nonfiction to the stage, this one-man show, Counterfeit-Bill, takes his audience on an unexpected ride. The impersonator-humorist, portraying the 42nd President of the United States, tells a factual story about himself while delivering a history lesson about another presidential doppelgänger.

New to play-writing, Pat Rick produced an award-winning documentary, The Novitiate. Born from that film project, The Abbey& Me is a written account of invasion and seizure of a Midwest Catholic monastery, chronicling a 1975 Native American act of civil disobedience. His memoir is listed as notable in the 2013 Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for books. Now, and just in time, Pat is launching Counterfeit-Bill (http://www.hillaryshusband.com) to coincide with the 2016 political season. Appearing as Bill Clinton in person, on television and film, allowed Rick to acquire membership with The Screen Actors Guild and The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. His character on stage proves “Truth is stranger than fiction.”

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Sunday, January 25 at 6:30pm
State Theatre, 719 Congress Ave.

During four episodes spanning four decades, fourteen characters struggle for food, shelter and love in Boston, an old American city full of avarice and charm.

Raymond V. Whelan is a former award-winning print journalist based in San Antonio and Marble Falls. Since getting laid off from newspaper work almost three years ago, Whelan has steered full tilt toward live theater, his real passion. His one-act piece Twice Today is currently in rehearsal for FronteraFest 2015. Previous work includes Dinner at Cinderella’s, Lester Leaps Out, Some Women See Things As They Are; and Southie Pride Ezzah Given, all produced during Frontera Fest 2012-2014.

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FronteraFest is a five-week long performance festival that ScriptWorks co-produces with Hyde Park Theatre annually. We commission four pieces for the Short Fringe, which appear weekly on Weds. nights. Every year, several of our members are involved in FronteraFest. Here are the members  who are taking part this year:


Wednesday, January 14
Just a Touch by Anthony Ellison (SW Commission)
MYHEB by Raul Garza

Tuesday, January 20
Revelations by Russel Minton (Hourglass Players) featuring Jo Rake
Rehearsals by Kalli Angel
Sadie Saturday Nite by Jean Caffeine
Angels, Hermits, and Phantoms by Emily Ball Cicchini
Frankenstein & Polio Girl by Tommy LeVrier
Wednesday, January 21
Tom and Liz Go on a Picnic by Max Langert (SW Commission)
A Showbiz Trilogy by Warren Steele
Roads and Crosses by Heather Bishop

Friday, January 23
Meat Town by Mick D’Arcy (featuring Roxy Becker)
Megan and Blaine Explore a Theme with Finger Puppets by Megan (Thornton) and Blaine

Wednesday, January 28
Ghost Play by Travis Tate (SW Commission)
Between Brother and Sister by Briandaniel Oglesby

Thursday, January 29
Go Home, Mister Chaplin by James E. Burnside
Manual by Elizabeth Doss

Friday, January 30
Mother’s Day by Lisa B. Thompson
Counterfeit-Bill by Pat Rick
Conversations by Rhonda Kulhanek

Tuesday, February 3
The Spiritual Artsonist: A Thirst for Longitude by Hank Schwemmer
Advanced Directive – Should I Stay or Should I Go by Nettie Reynolds
Ravings of a Six-Year-Old Madman by Liam Langert  (with support from Dad Max)

Wednesday, February 4
DARK: A New Tale by Sarah Saltwick (SW Commission)
Sister Sheriff by Kyle John Schmidt
Gaining June Joy Hunnicutt by Kimberly Smith

Thursday, February 5
Love Me Tinder: A Musical Sketch Revue by Ensemble (led by Adrienne Dawes)

Friday, February 6
Twice Today by Raymond V. Whelan
One Night in Paradise written and directed by George D. Obermiller


Dog Play, Pug to Wolfhound: Patty to Beatrice, Bitch to Bitch, a play that’s probably not a play but a tribute to the human-canine relationship by Michael Michaelian
Sun. 1/25 7:30PM; Mon. 1/26 7PM; Fri. 1/30 7PM; Sat. 1/31 4:30PM

Peck by Amy McAndrew, Cindy Vining, and Johanna Whitmore (Hourglass Productions)
Mon. 1/19 8:45PM; Weds. 1/21 7PM; Fri. 1/23 8:45PM; Sun. 1/25 12PM

The Walls of Jericho by Sandra Metcalf
Wed. 1/21 9PM; Sat. 1/24 8:45PM; Weds. 1/28 7PM; Sat. 1/31 2:15PM

Complete information about all these shows and all of FronteraFest can be found at www.hydeparktheatre.org.

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Sunday, December 14 at 6:30pm
State Theatre, 719 Congress Ave.


A woman searches for the body of her brother in the basement of a funeral home in Odessa, Texas.  (Idea prompted by a story on KUT.)

James Burnside is a playwright, foster parent, and curmudgeon.

ONE NIGHT IN PARADISE by George Obermiller

A dark comedy about life, death, and the limits of friendship.

George Obermiller is a playwright and screenwriter from Austin, TX.

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EL by Raul Garza
Sunday, October 26th at 6:30pm
The Off Shoot, 2211-A Hidalgo St. (east side of the Off Center)

EL is a play about stories. It’s  about the dynamic of storytelling, and the power of inventing our own realities. The narrative chronicles an Mexican family’s journey from reality to historia, as they unravel and “re-ravel” their conflicting recollections. As the family’s shared past is revealed, characters explore the value, process, and costs of telling their stories.

Raul Garza is an Austin-based playwright who has drawn acclaim for telling stories that resound with authenticity and sense of place. His full-length play FANTASMAVILLE garnered the National Latino Playwriting Award and earned a B. Iden Payne Award nomination for Outstanding Original Script.

Raul’s full length plays include FANTASMAVILLE, DOS POCITOS, CURA, CONFESSIONS OF A MEXPATRIATE, and EL. His short story In the Room won the 2014 Austin Chronicle  Short Story Contest, and LeBaron was recently cited for Honorable Mention by the 2014 Texas Observer Short Story Contest. When not writing, Raul teaches yoga, devours pop culture, and serves as co-founder and creative director of TKO Advertising.

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DEATH AMONG HEROES by Anne Lisa Konigsmark
Sunday, September 28th at 6:30pm
State Theatre, 719 Congress Ave.

DEATH AMONG HEROES is a play about a homeless man who, when he finally finds a reason to live, he finally finds a reason to die.

Having finally hung up her Destiny Wanderer Cap, Anne Lisa Konigsmark is now applying her time to see what will turn up on her computer if she sits at it for four hours a day, five days a week. Wish her luck and know that she is always open to some good critiquing.

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A primer in self-producing for the fringe
A workshop taught by Christina J. Moore

Tuesday, September 9, 7:30 – 9:30pm
Hyde Park Theatre
511 W. 43rd St.

$5 SW members; $10 general

512.454.9727; info@scriptworks.org

or preregister here

The FronteraFest 101 workshop, led by ScriptWorks Executive Artistic Director and FronteraFest Producer Christina J. Moore, will guide participants through the process of preparing a piece for FronteraFest. From resources for finding actors, directors, and rehearsal space to the ins and outs of the technical rehearsal, we’ll cover it all.

CHRISTINA J. MOORE is a director and producer whose work has been seen at The State Theatre, Zach Scott, Mary Moody Northen Theater, Vortex Repertory Company, Capitol City Playhouse, Frontera@Hyde Park Theatre, Different Stages, and ScriptWorks (formerly Austin Script Works), which she helped found in 1997. FronteraFest 2015 will mark her fourteenth year as producer of the festival under the joint enterprise of Hyde Park Theatre and ScriptWorks.

FRONTERAFEST applications are now available for download from the Hyde Park Theatre website, www.hydeparktheatre.org. The application deadline is November 3rd with significant discounts for applying by October 1st.

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ompf-logoThe One-Minute Play Festival (#1MPF) & ScriptWorks, In Collaboration with Salvage Vanguard Theatre Present:

The Austin One-Minute Play Festival

Thursday – Saturday , Aug. 28- 30th 8PM

Salvage Vanguard Theatre

2803 Manor Rd. Austin, TX 78722

Tickets are $20 and available here

One-minute plays by 40 active Austin playwrights were commissioned for this special annual event, and developed with #1MPF’s playmaking process.

Featuring Brand New One-Minute Plays by:

Katie Bender, Allison Orr Block, Paul Bonin-Rodriguez, James Burnside, Monika Bustamante, Bastion Carboni, Katherine Catmull, Elizabeth Cobbe, Martha Lynn Coon, Adrienne Dawes, Trey Deason, Elizabeth Doss, Amparo Garcia-Crow, Raul Garza, Kirk German, Aimée Gonzalez, Meg Haley, Reina Hardy, Joanna Horowitz, Brian Kettler, Abe Koogler, Rhonda Kulhanek, Max Langert, Kirk Lynn, P. Paullette MacDougal, Marshall Ryan Maresca, Jennifer Margulies, Tegan McLeod, Briandaniel Oglesby, Jason Rainey, Candyce Rusk, Sarah Saltwick, Roxanne Schroeder-Arce, Hank Schwemmer, Diana Lynn Small, C. Denby Swanson, Lisa B. Thompson, Cyndi Williams, and Anne Maria Wynter.

(Bold denotes ScriptWorks members)

Directed by Derek Kolluri, Jenny Lavery, Ellie McBride, Christina J. Moore, Linda Nenno, Will Hollis Snider, Ken Webster, and Lily Wolff.

Curated By #1MPF Producing Artistic Director, Dominic D’Andrea

The One-­Minute Play Festival (#1MPF)

America’s largest and longest running short form theatre company in the country, founded by Producing Artistic Director, Dominic D’Andrea.#1MPF is a barometer project, which investigates the zeitgeist of different communities through dialogue and consensus building sessions and a performance of many moments. #1MPF works in partnership with theatres sharing playwright orcommunity-specific missions across the country. #1MPF creates locally sourced playwright-focused community events, withthe goal of promoting the spirit of radical inclusion by representing local cultures of playwrights of different age, gender, race, cultures, and points of career. The work attempts to reflect the theatrical landscape of local artistic communities by creating a dialogue between the collective conscious and the individual voice.

In each city, #1MPF works with partnering organizations to identify programs or initiatives in each community to support with the proceeds from the work. The goal is to find ways give directly back to the artists in each community. Supported programs have ranged from educational programming, youth poetry projects, teaching artists working in prisons, playwright residencies and memberships, and community arts workshops.

In Austin, the program will support the programming of ScriptWorks, a playwright development and service organization operating in Central Texas since 1997.

Annual partnerships have been created with theaters in close to 20 cities including: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Trenton, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Baltimore, Boston, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Seattle, Dallas, Austin, Indianapolis, Anchorage, and more, with partnering institutions like Primary Stages, Victory Gardens Theatre, Cornerstone Theatre Company, The Playwrights Foundation, Boston Playwrights Theatre, Actor’s Express, InterAct Theatre, Mixed Blood, Passage Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Kitchen Dog, Salvage Vanguard, ScriptWorks, ACT, Perseverance Theatre, and others.

Notable #1MPF contributors have included: David Henry Hwang, Neil LaBute, Tina Howe, Donald Margulies, Nilaja Sun, Lydia Diamond, Phillip Kan Gotanda, Kristoffer Diaz, Rajiv Joseph, Sam Hunter, Karen Hartman, José Rivera, Craig Lucas, Mike Daisey, Greg Kotis, Michael John Garcés, & close to 600 famous, emerging, and mid-career playwrights. For more information visit: www.oneminuteplayfestival.com




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On Sunday, August 24th from 5:00-7:00pm, ScriptWorks members and their families, as well as area playwrights, actors, directors, designers, technicians, and those interested in finding out more about ScriptWorks are invited to the 16th Annual Meet & Greet:

Where: Butterfly Bar at the Vortex
2307 Manor Rd., Austin, TX 78722

Free and open to all!

This is ScriptWorks’ annual party to kick-off the new year, welcome new members, swap summer triumphs and tribulations, and get informed on how ScriptWorks can help you in the coming year.  ScriptWorks will provide libations and attendees are invited to bring their favorite finger food to the potluck. This party has no narrative through-line and no inciting incident, so drop by anytime and rub elbows and egos with the local bards.

If you have work inspired by 30/60/90 that you’d like to read or have read at the Meet & Greet, let Christi know. Also, we need a few volunteers to help with clean-up – contact Christi if you can help.

And finally, there’s an extra bonus this year: Local actor Tom Byrne has donated his library of plays to Allan Baker who will have them there for you to go through and take what you wish (beginning at 4:30). Allan estimates there are 100-150 books in the collection so that will be some good pickin’!

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ScriptWork’s 16th Annual Ten Minute Play Showcase
Trinity Street Theater, 901 Trinity St., 4th Floor
June 12-14 and 19-21, 2014 at 8 PM
Tickets:  $15 general admission, $12 students/seniors/SW
June 12th is a Pay-What-You-Wish preview

Info: info@scriptworks.org; Tickets here


What do you get when you add three arbitrary ingredients to a gaggle of playwrights, multiply by 48 hours and divide by 10? Without fail, you’ll get ScriptWorks Weekend Fling, where member writers have 48 hours to write a ten-minute play using three contributed ingredients. When you take the product and add in a selection panel of three artists, you solve for the eight plays that are produced in OUT OF INK. Don’t make the error of missing it!

This year the showcase occupies the Trinity Street Theater with eight plays inspired by the following ingredients:

1) A pair of mismatched failures

2) Peering into the void

3) Mathematical errors

At the end of the Weekend Fling, the plays were read in a ScriptWorks Salon at the State Theatre.  A selection committee picked eight of the plays for production in Out of Ink. The selection committee included directors Linda Nenno and Peck Phillips and non-applying member Candyce Rusk.

THE EMPTY SET scripts were written by:

Lowell Bartholomee, Allison Orr Block, Carolyn Kennedy, Max Langert, Jason Rainey, Nettie Reynolds, Sheila Lynch Rinear and Cindy Vining.  The plays will be performed by an ensemble of actors including  Suzanne Balling, Roxy Becker, Amy Chang, David DuBose, Rachel Hoovler, Joshua Klein, Max Langert, Ellie McBride, Christi Moore, Garry Peters and Gricelda Silva They’ll be directed by Carolyn Kennedy,  Max Langert, Ellie McBride, Christina J. Moore, Linda Nenno, and Sharon Sparlin. Dramaturgy is provided by Teresa Stankiewicz and designers for the project are Pam Friday, Natalie George, Julia Phipps and Josean Rodriguez with assistance from Eliot Haynes.

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