Denim Doves


Written by Adrienne Dawes 

(AUSTIN, TX) – Salvage Vanguard Theater (SVT) announces the world premiere production of Denim Doves, a MADE IN THE SVT PRODUCTION written by local playwright Adrienne Dawes.   

Tickets HERE or call 512-474-7886

Cast and crew info HERE

“You are safe here, Sister.” Inside the compound walls, five fertile sister-wives enjoy many freedoms. Free sleep. Free Welches grape. Free laughter. Free denims of every length. Set in a dystopian future (which feels a lot like the mid 1990s), Denim Doves is a collaboratively devised feminist farce that explores themes of women in subjugation and the hilarious consequences of a rigid dick-tatorship. 

Photography by Erica Nix

Photography by Erica Nix

Written by Adrienne Dawes. Music by Erik Secrest and Henna Chou. Lyrics by Cyndi Williams. Devised in collaboration with Salvage Vanguard Theater. Directed by Florinda Bryant and Jenny Larson. Dramaturgy by Meredith Robbins

Cast: Kerri Atwood, Florinda Bryant, Henna Chou, Alyssa Dillard, Judd Farris, Jenny Larson, Renna Larson, khattieQ, Erik Secrest and Cyndi Williams.

Design: Kaci Beeler (set), Robert Fisher (sound), Natalie George (lights), Jessica Gilzow (costumes), and Rachel Long (props)

Photography by Erica Nix

Photography by Erica Nix

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:Jan 21st- Feb 3rd 2016. Thursday- Saturday nights at 8pm. 

SPECIAL EVENTS: Friday Jan 29th - Bedpost Confessions, BossBabes, and YWCA of Greater Austin host a talk-back following the performance of Denim Doves. Moderated by Bedposts' Julie Gillis. Panelists include playwright Adrienne Dawes, clinicians Laura Gomez-Horton and Shelly Oliver, BossBabe Ashlee Jordan Pryor, and BookPeople's Sarah Holdgrafer.  

Saturday Feb 6th Super Harvest Super Party* On the waning crescent moon, we’ll celebrate with free celestial cocktails, free futuristic appetizers, and a post-show party with the creative team of Denim Doves. Please wear your finest denims and fanciest braids.  

Feb 12th performance of Denim Doves will be ASL interpreted.

TICKETS: Tickets are pay-what-you-wish, starting price $10. *Super Harvest tickets start at $35 and include free food, drinks and a post-show party. Tickets HERE or call 512-474-7886

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts ARTWORKS project, as well as the Mid-American Arts Alliance.  Denim Doves was developed with support from Scriptworks' Seed Support Fund. For more information about ScriptWorks visit 

Photography by Erica Nix

Photography by Erica Nix


Adrienne Dawes' plays include Am I White, You Are Pretty, Jesus Loves Good Christians, and Heritage, Her-i-tage, and Hair-i-tage. 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. Her play Am I White was a finalist for the 2012 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference and semifinalist for the 2012 Princess Grace Award. Am I White won the David Mark Cohen New Play Award (2015 Austin Critics Table Awards), an award for Outstanding Original Script (2015 B. Iden Payne Awards) and was honorably mentioned by The List (The Kilroys) of recommended new plays by female and trans authors. Adrienne is a member of ScriptWorks and a company member of Salvage Vanguard Theater. Austin, TX is her hometown #townie.