Salvage Vanguard Theater (SVT) invites you to the MainStage world premiere of Tryouts by Adara Meyers, a Boston-based experimental playwright. Directed by co-Artistic Director Diana Lynn Small, Tryouts casts a satirical gaze on women, femininity, and motherhood, inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Virgin and Child with St. Anne,” and Freud’s debunked maternal psychosexual essay on the painting. Two mothers and three teenage girls maneuver the confines of a prestigious and draconian high school when in a tragicomic turn of events, the mothers throw themselves into the work of forming a pseudo-religious order focused on topiary and the girls confront head-on the primly grim version of adulthood they’ve been taught all too well. Read more…

October Works Progress Austin: House Play by Diana Lynn Small


Join us for an immersive development brunch as we test-drive and share the design elements for House Play, a new theatrical event by Diana Lynn Small. House Play is part fairy tale, part meal and part ritual. Borrowing from ancient traditions of hospitality, House Play is a practice in befriending the strange in our ever globalizing, multi-cultural world. Join us as we set the table for this new work in progress. Mimosas, eats and friendly banter. Tickets HERE! More information on the show HERE

December Works Progress Austin: Queen of the Night by Travis Tate. December 1, 2018 | Hick’s House at Austin Seminary

Stephen, a 63 year-old, recent divorcee, takes his son, Ty, a millennial queer, on a camping trip to their old stomping grounds, a place Stephen took Ty often as a child. Stuck in the woods for a few days, no phone, and only their memories, Stephen and Ty must reckon with the past in this present wilderness.  Queen of the Night explores masculinity and queerness through the lens of multi-generational Blackness.



ARTReach Teen programing with Austin Bat Cave: Playwrighting workshop for teens in congruence with SVT’s 2018/19 Mainstage season.

Thanks to the generous support of Applied Materials Foundation Every Friday night performance of Tryouts is FREE for teens.

Community Dialogue series: Oct 20th following Tryouts, join the playwright, Adara Meyers in a community conversation on female representation in experimental art.