In our Fall 2018 Season, Salvage Vanguard Theater (SVT) invites you into the world's of female sainthood, twisted dinner fairytales and the queer outdoors.

Featuring the MainStage world premiere of Tryouts by Adara Meyers, a Boston-based experimental playwright. Tryouts casts a satirical gaze on women, femininity, and motherhood. SVTs Works Progress Austin new-play development series will feature House Play by Diana Lynn Small, asking what it means to be indoor animals in an outdoors world, and Travis Tate’s Queen of the Night exploring masculinity and queerness through the lens of multi-generational Blackness. In conversation with these performances SVT provides a wide range of educational opportunities. Including a playwriting workshop for teens with local nonprofit Austin Bat Cave and SVTV: Intro to TV Writing.


Tryouts by Adara Meyers. October 11-October 27, 2018 | Dougherty Arts Center

Inspired by the documentation and veneration of Saint Anne, Tryouts casts a satirical gaze on women, femininity, and motherhood. Two mothers and three teenage girls maneuvering the confines of a prestigious and draconian high school. In a tragicomic turn of events, the mothers throw themselves into the work of forming a pseudo-religious order focused on topiary, while the girls decide to confront head-on the primly grim version of adulthood they’ve been taught all too well. Tickets on sale Sept 17th.



House Play by Diana Lynn Small. October 20, 2018 | Hick’s House at Austin Seminary

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 on sale Sept 24th.

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.


SVTV Writing Workshop: Intro to TV Writing: Creating The Show Bible. Taught by writer Jenny Connell-Davis | Nov 3- Dec 15


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

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