SALVAGE VANGUARD THEATER PRESENTS
WORLD PREMIERE OF
Performances run October 1- 18, 2014
VIP Opening Night Performance: October 4, 2014
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Salvage Vanguard Theater announces the third and final MADE IN THE SVT production of its 20th anniversary season: the world premiere of AM I WHITE by local playwright Adrienne Dawes, directed by Jenny Larson.
When Neo-Nazi terrorist Wesley Connor returns to prison after a failed bomb plot, he is confronted with the two identities that threaten his position within the White Order of Thule most: fatherhood and his own mixed race heritage.
Wesley Connor first entered the prison system at age 19. He became a member of the White Order of Thule, quickly rising the ranks of the "esoteric brotherhood working toward the revitalization of the Culture-Soul of the European people." Within months of his release from prison, Wesley and teenage girlfriend Polly were arrested exchanging counterfeit bills at an ice cream shop. The subsequent search of their apartment found bomb-making materials, illegal weapons and plans that targeted the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.
Inspired by the true story of Leo Felton and Erica Chase, AM I WHITE travels between recurring dream and minstrel show nightmare to discover if a singular self exists in an alleged “post-racial” America.
AM I WHITE’s extraordinary cast includes J. Ben Wolfe* (in the lead role of Wesley Connor), Florinda Bryant, Michael Joplin, Cyndi Williams and Katie Van Winkle. The award-winning design team includes Ia Enstera , Natalie George, Jessica Gilzow, Lowell Bartholomee, with original music/sound design by Peter Stopschinski.
*Member, Actor’s Equity Association
AM I WHITE runs October 1 thru October 18, 2014 (Wednesday thru Saturdays) with performances at 8pm. Wednesday nights performances are PAY-WHAT-YOU-WISH.
VIP OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCE | OCTOBER 4th at 6PM
A gala performance of AM I WHITE celebrates both the opening weekend and opening reception for visual artist Beth Consetta Rubel (exhibiting new works in the SVT gallery October 4-25). Tickets start at $35 and include a pre-show party with the cast and creative team starting at 6pm.
COMMUNITY TALKBACK | OCTOBER 10th at 7PM
Following the performance October 10th, there will be a panel discussion with the playwright, performers and invited guests co-hosted with the YWCA of Greater Austin. Registration through YWCA of Greater Austin includes CEUs; light refreshments served.
Tickets to AM I WHITE start at $20 and can be purchased online at amiwhite.bpt.me or in person at the Box Office (open one hour before each performance).
ABOUT ADRIENNE DAWES
Adrienne Dawes is an emerging playwright originally from Austin, TX. Her work has been produced by American Repertory Theatre of London, Live Girls! Theatre, Little Fish Theatre Company, New England Academy of Theater, New Jersey Repertory Company, Hyde Park Theater, St Idiot Collective and American Theater Company (Chicago, IL). Her plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc, Smith & Kraus, Heuer Publishing, Heartland Plays and Vintage Books. Adrienne is the recipient of the Stanley and Evelyn Lipkin Prize for Playwriting, Marchbanks Family Foundation Grant, a Fringe Festival Commission Award, Seed Support Grants and Finer Point Funding Grants from ScriptWorks. She was named a semifinalist for the 2003 Mildred and Albert Panowski Playwriting Award, 2013 Risk is THIS Festival (Cutting Ball Theatre) and 2012 Princess Grace Award. AM I WHITE was recognized as a finalist for the 2012 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference and 2012 Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Adrienne is a member of ScriptWorks and a company member of Salvage Vanguard Theater. For more information visit www.adriennedawes.com
ABOUT MADE IN THE SVT
MADE IN THE SVT are theater works created, produced, or presented by Salvage Vanguard Theater company members.
ABOUT SALVAGE VANGUARD THEATER
Salvage Vanguard Theater (SVT) is a theater company and performance hub located in East Austin. SVT creates and presents transformative high-quality artistic experiences that foster experimentation and conversation.
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Developed with support from ScriptWorks’ Seed Support Fund. This project is funded and supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and in part by the City of Austin Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.