Works Progress Austin: Cooler Bodies by Diana Lynn Small

July 28th 8pm @ GrayDuck Gallery

Are people born special or does creativity evolve from our sufferings? Rhonda and Glend, the two most creatively powerful people in the world move to a mystical 1950s suburb in the desert to ruffle the feathers of their boring teenage-neighbor, Mary, to see if trauma will turn Mary into a brilliant human being. It's getting hot, the air conditioners are breaking down and everybody wants to take a dip in Mary's shiny, clean swimming pool. 

Works Progress Austin, SVT’s script development series, launched in 2006. WPA provides playwrights with the resources they need to bring their work to life: actors, stage managers, rehearsal time + space, cash, and the chance to share their work with an audience in the earliest stages of creation. 


PERFORMANCE LOCATION: grayDUCK Gallery/ 2213 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

TICKETS: FREE online or at the door


created by Ida Daniel, Jenny Larson, Graham Reynolds, and Todor Stoyanov

Performed by Jenny Larson

In 2013 directors Ida Daniel and Jenny Larson and composers Todor Stoyanov and Graham Reynolds met during the mini-festival She Makes Theatre in Sofia, Bulgaria.  Unlived Lives is the continuation of this initial encounter.  Unlived Lives is an encounter of people working in a similar artistic field in different spots of the world. During the process Jenny Larson, Ida Daniel, Graham Reynolds and Todor Stoyanov explored what we take for granted in life on both sides of the Ocean. The work examines the differences in the life we live and the life that we haven’t lived (yet or never). Jenny will devise a new version of the performance over the course of nine days in Finland. On the 10th day, she will share her work. 

Performance schedule:

  • July 13th (time tbd) at the Kraatarimuseo in Kaustinen, Finland as part of the Kaustinen Folk Music Festival
  • July 23rd at 13:00 at the Roos Estate in Kokkola, Finland 

Improvised Collaborative Composition Workshop

July 19th 6- 8pm at the Dougherty Arts Center

Using basic communication exercises and techniques, we will practice responding to signals, listening and then creating a musical piece as a group. Feel free to bring some of your own acoustic instruments. Some instruments will be provided as well. Lead by Salvage Vanguard Theater company member Henna Chou with company member Alyssa Dillard and Denim Doves composer Erik Secrest. 

2017- 2018 SEASON

2 premiere plays, 3 works-in-progress and exciting new leadership

This September SVT’s Florinda Bryant and Austin playwright Diana Lynn Small will join Jenny Larson at the helm of Salvage Vanguard Theater as Co-Producing Artistic Directors.  Florinda Bryant, an actress, producer, and playwright, is an SVT company member and staff member. She has been an activist and artist in Austin for the past 20 years working with Rude Mechs, Teatro Vivo and many more. Diana Lynn Small, a playwright, actress, and producer, has an MFA from the Michener Center at UT Austin. Her piece Mad and A Goat performed in rep with SVT’s Guest by Courtesy in Brooklyn in July 2016 and her piece Hot Belly premiered locally with the company Paper Chairs this past fall. Larson, Small and Bryant will collectively guide the vision of the organization.

2017-2018 Mainstage Season:

blu by Virginia Grise / October 26th- November 11th 2017 Directed by Florinda Bryant. The story follows a queer Chicana/o family through explosive after-effects of prison and hunger, desire and war.

con flama by Sharon Bridgforth / March 15th- 31st 2018 con flama is the story of a Black gurl’s coming of age, through the stories of her family, ancestors, and her fellow commuters on a bus traveling through Los Angeles.