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

The December 14th Salon will feature three short works by members Candyce Rusk, Priscilla Sample, and Teresa Stankiewicz.

Lulu’s Charms in the Dark by Candyce Rusk is set in Chicago’s Riverview Ballroom in the mid 1940’s, and focuses on three women whose fortunes lie with dancing the night away in good shoes…hard to come by and harder to keep.

Candyce Rusk has been writing short plays for a decade. A member of Austin Script Works, other productions include: The Final Sail (2006 Out of Ink Radio play), Little Baby Two Shoes (2006 Short Fringe Festival and short film by Paul Bright), Perfect Snowball and Green Spot Diner.

In Priscilla Sample’s Lascivious, when her husband dies under unusual circumstances, popular cook and author Lynn Matthews is surprised to find herself a suspect in the police investigation.

Priscilla Sample, a playwright and teacher, is the Co-Artistic Director of CTEK Arts, which recently produced the highly-acclaimed Wild Party in Provincetown, Massachusetts. For years she has dedicated her work to supporting emerging playwrights; in Dallas as the Director of the Playwrights’ Project and in New York and Connecticut as the Director of External Affairs for the O’Neill Theater Center (home of the National Playwrights Conference). She moved to Provincetown in 1999 when her play Sleeping with Her Eyes Open was workshopped by the Provincetown Theater Company, and since then has continued her theater work as a producer, director, dramaturg, stage manager, and playwright. Her one-woman play Margo Jones was produced in Austin at the Blue Theater and a condensed version of her play Brain Big garnered Best of the Week and Best of the Fest awards in FronteraFest this year. She holds a BA in Film, theater emphasis, from Yale University, and an MFA in Playwriting from UT Austin.

Duty to Warn by Teresa Stankiewicz Loretta is a young mother with bipolar disorder struggling to balance her emotions. Her dysfunctional family dismisses her troubles as she spirals out of control. The police, the hospital and the therapist all make the required calls espousing their “duty to warn” when Loretta threatens to kill her mother and her children. Ride the roller coaster of emotions that Loretta suffers and experience the consequences of our “duty to warn.”

Teresa Stankiewicz is studying for her MA in Theatre with an emphasis on Playwriting from Texas State University. She has an MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois. Her first ten minute play, The Pink Bathtub Murders was produced in the summer of 2008 by the Vestige Group in Austin, Texas. Teresa has directed, acted and choreographed many different plays including Pippin, Marvin’s Room and House of Blue Leaves.