Salvage Vanguard Theater presents
BRIGHT NOW BEYOND
by Daniel Alexander Jones and Bobby Halvorson
Directed by Will Davis
The journey is the only true thing.
We are at a crossroads in the Land of Oz. Twilight. A boy named Tip receives a mysterious prophecy from a dying Queen. Tip’s resulting adventure into the unknown is the heart of Bright Now Beyond, a new music theatre piece by Daniel Alexander Jones and composer Bobby Halvorson, presented by Salvage Vanguard Theater.
Set decades after the events of The Wizard of Oz, this Oz has lost its luster, and faces hardships brought by drought and disillusionment. Bright Now Beyond draws loosely upon L. Frank Baum’s second book in the series, The Marvelous Land of Oz. A pumpkin-headed man and a wooden sawhorse are brought to life by a magical powder. General Jinjur leads a bodacious girl army to the Emerald City in revolt against the dusty Scarecrow King. The Tin Woodsman sharpens his axe and prepares to join the battle. Throughout it all, Glinda, the legendary witch, searches for a lost bit of knowledge to turn a swelling tide, as Mombi, a malevolent sorceress, races to find Tip before he learns a secret so powerful it could change the Land of Oz forever!
By turns hilarious and poignant, Bright Now Beyond is one part trunk-show and one part ritual of remembrance. The piece explores what might lie beyond the edges of the self and invites us to let go of what we know in order to move down a new path. As the Scarecrow says, “the journey is the only true thing.”
Will Davis returns to Austin to direct the world premiere of Bright Now Beyond, featuring an Austin-based cast that includes Heather Hanna as Jellia Jamb, Robert Faires as the Scarecrow, Robert Pierson as the Tin Woodsman, Florinda Bryant as Mombi, Carla Nickerson as Glinda, Cami Alys as General Jinjur, Jarrett King as the Highly Magnified Woggle Bug, T.E., ensemble members Alexis Scott and Nitra Gutierrez, with Jacques Colimon making his Salvage Vanguard debut as Tip. Guest artist Daniel Alexander Jones, creator/performers of last summer’s award-winning production of JOMAMA JONES: RADIATE, returns to Austin to play the roles of Jack Pumpkinhead.
Performances run July 31st- August 23rd, Thursdays-Saturdays at 8pm, except for the August 1st performance which begins at 7pm and includes a talkback session hosted with YWCA of Austin, at the Salvage Vanguard Theater - 2803 E Manor Rd, Austin TX 78722.
General admission tickets start at $20; Students $15 at the door with ID. 2-for-1 tickets available for the first 2 Thursday performances (July 31 and August 7th).
VIP Night – August 9th – tickets start at $50 and include free drinks/appetizers with a champagne toast with the cast directly following the performance.
The SVT box office opens one hour prior to performance.