Written by Mac Wellman
Directed by Jason Neulander
Performed by Dan Dietz
March 30 - April 2, 2000 at The Hideout
617 Congress Avenue
Terminal Hip, written by Mac Wellman, was truly a landmark production for Salvage Vanguard. Not only is Terminal Hip a seminal work of the contemporary avant garde (it won the 1990 Obie Award for Best New Play) by a playwright whose work has influenced practically every writer Salvage Vanguard has ever produced, but it was the first show produced by both co-Artistic Directors.
The show won high praise from the critics, not to mention Wellman himself, who flew in to see the show on closing night.
The Austin Chronicle called Dan Dietz (the sole performer in the show) “unstoppable” and said, “It is hard to imagine a better, more stimulating version of the Mac Wellman script than this Salvage Vanguard Theater production.”
The Austin American-Statesman called the show “a literary spin around the block you won't be able to put out of your mind” and “an act of profound courage.”
Terminal Hip was nominated for 3 Austin Critics Table Awards and a B. Iden Payne Award, and Dietz walked away with the Critics Table Award for Best Actor in a Comedy.
Photos by Ruth Hutson