Wallpaper Psalm

Written by Ruth Margraff
Directed by Jason Neulander

March 23 - April 14, 2001
All shows at The Off Center, 2211-A Hidalgo Street

Winner! 2001 ACT Award “Best Direction of New Opera”

Wallpaper Psalm is one of Margraff’s “widow plays”, and is based on an actual account of the death of two widows. Wallpaper Psalm is the companion piece to The Cry Pitch Carolls, which was staged to critical acclaim to Salvage Vanguard Theater in 1999 (“Riveting … only once in a long while have we seen anything this mesmerizingly original,” writes the Austin-American Statesman), received mention on several critics’ top ten lists for that year (“Nothing less than a small miracle,” writes the Austin Chronicle), and was nominated for twelve local theater awards, including Best Musical, Best Director of a Musical, Best Musical Direction, and Best Cast Performance.

I can’t totally explain it, but I like it. ... Wallpaper Psalm appeals as an intense, visceral and dark homage to the human spirit and the fantasies and memories that sustain us through our fears and loneliness.”
– Jamie Smith-Cantera, Austin American-Statesman, March 26, 2001
“Between them, Ruth Margraff and director Jason Neulander produce a psalm, a hymn sung in challenging style ... Golden Arm Trio rock ... This Salvage Vanguard Theater experiment works many times over.”
– Rob Curran, The Austin Chronicle, March 30, 2001

Wallpaper Psalm was originally produced by Salvage Vanguard Theater in 1996 by Jason Neulander, Artistic Director, and was directed by the author.




“Chaucia, very small, crosses architectural façade.”

“I am stuck in the throat of this building.”


“I’m taking you to the hospital.”

“You stole everything I ever invaded and gave it to that bitch of a sister.”