Americamisfit

Americamisfit

October 28 - November 19, 2005 at The Off Center
221-A Hidalgo Street

A new play by award-winning SVT resident playwright Dan Dietz. Big and Little Harpe were kids caught in the thick of the American Revolution. Now they’re all grown up and ready to launch a revolution of their own … against the democracy. Watch as their story collides with American rebels from George Washington to J. Robert Oppenheimer, all to the driving rhythm of rockabilly music.

Of Mice and Men meets Natural Born Killers meets your high school American History class taught by a Jerry Lee Lewis look-a-like. Americamisfit will have you tapping your feet while watching your back.

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The Intergalactic Nemesis: Twin Infinity

The Intergalactic Nemesis: Twin Infinity

June 3 - 25, 2005 at The Off Center
2211-A Hidalgo Street

The year is 1942, the world is at war, and on this day, after a nine-year romance, Molly and Ben are getting married. But when Ben doesn’t show up at the altar, Molly knows something is terribly wrong. What she doesn't know is that, once again, the fate of the world hangs in the balance. What she also doesn't know is that another Ben, from another future, needs her help too! Nine years in the making, The Intergalactic Nemesis: Twin Infinity concludes the greatest science fiction trilogy ever told. The best part? No Ewoks!

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Genghis Khan

Genghis Khan

March 17 - April 8, 2005 at The Off Center
2211-A Hidalgo St.

He has conquered half of the planet’s land masses. He has united his Mongolian people. His name plants terror in the hearts and minds of his foes. Now Genghis Khan wants the ultimate prize: eternal life. Music composed by Graham Reynolds and a libretto written by Jason Neulander create an opera that asks the question: How do you want to be remembered?

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Ajax (por nobody)

Ajax (por nobody)

October 15 - November 6, 2004 at The Church of the Friendly Ghost
209 Pedernales Street

Annette is throwing the perfect party, but when the fates intervene, tragedy ensues. Greek mythology, in all its sexuality, magic, and gore, meets the LA porn industry.

We presented a reading of this show as part of our Birthday Bash and it polarized the audience. Sam Lipman told us it was one of the three best plays he’s seen in Austin (keep in mind that for this actors were reading from scripts!) and our board member Will Dibrell said: “Jason, I have to tell you that I hated Ajax.” Funny, titillating, and ultimately very disturbing, Ajax will not leave you unmoved. Is Ajax ingenious or just indulgent? You be the judge.

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The Death of a Cat

The Death of a Cat

September 10 - October 2, 2004 at The Off Center
2211-A Hidalgo Street

Yessir, another world premiere from SVT! One by one members of the family of succumbed to a mysterious disease. Now the twins are quarantined and Mother’s only hope for Father’s life lies in the hands of the modest family doctor. But is the doctor the devil? Creepy and funny, Death of Cat deals in disease, sock puppets, and death! Think Tim Burton meets Harold Pinter and you’ve got the idea. Featuring the triumphant return of Resident Company Member Dan Dietz to the stage!

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Know Dog

Know Dog

June 4 - 26, 2004 at The Off Center
2211-A Hidalgo Street

Alice’s husband is never around. His dog Stanley is always around. So, as her step-nephew Hank falls in love with her, Alice falls in love with Stanley. Deanna Shoemaker plays Alice. Aaron Alexander plays Hank. Khalil Akbar plays 9-year-old Johnny. The set, which bears a remarkable resemblance to any number of back yards in South Austin, is designed by Chase Staggs (tempOdysseyThe Cry Pitch Carrolls). And the audience plays Stanley.

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The Cry Pitch Carrolls

The Cry Pitch Carrolls

Halloween through November 22, 2003 at The Off Center
2211-A Hidalgo Street

Salvage Vanguard Theater is proud to present the revival of its award-winning production of Ruth E. Margraff’s nostalgic nuclear winter Xmas opera The Cry Pitch Carrolls, featuring original live music by Golden Arm Trio. Strange and beautiful, The Cry Pitch Carrolls tells the story of a young mother and her infant child, a town of widows where it never stops snowing, and a lost poodle named Snowball.

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tempOdyssey

tempOdyssey

June 6 - 28, 2003 at The Off Center
2211-A Hidalgo Street

Only two years after the smash hit Tilt Angel, Salvage Vanguard Theater presents another world premiere production from the award-winning team of playwright Dan Dietz and director Jason NeulandertempOdyssey fuses the epic drudgery of temp work with the epic mythology of The Odyssey. It’s a comedy. It’s a love story. It’s a horror story. And much, much more.

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16 Spells to Charm the Beast

16 Spells to Charm the Beast

February 21 - March 8, 2003 at The Off Center
2211-A Hidalgo Street

She wowed you with dress me blue, window me sky; awed you with Anna Bella Eema; now Lisa D’Amour will make you laugh until your heart breaks with her newest oeuvre; 16 Spells to Charm the Beast, a terribly unusual love story. In this world premiere production, Lillian Davis, a sophisticated metropolitan housewife, weaves magic spells to shelter herself from the inevitable: a highrise building that will ultimagely block her impeccable view; and a fairy-tale beast who is hopelessly in love with her.

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MotherBone

MotherBone

October 31 - November 23, 2002 at The Off Center
2211-A Hidalgo Street

It all started in 1999, with SVT’s and Golden Arm Trio’s first collaboration, Ruth Margraff’s Cry Pitch Carrolls. That production, a new chamber opera, met with enormous critical acclaim. Then, Golden Arm Trio performed its first symphony and immediately after the performance, Jason Neulander (SVT’s Artistic Director) approached Graham Reynolds (GAT’s head honcho) to ask if he wanted to create a composer-driven opera. Karen Hartman joined up as the librettist. Two-and-a-half years later, the fruits of that effort were available to the public in the form of MotherBone.

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Intergalactic Nemesis Redux!

Intergalactic Nemesis Redux!

June 7 - 29, 2002 at Gallery Lombardi
910 West 3rd Street

Intergalactic Nemesis Redux! is a true Austin original. It’s a revival of The Intergalactic Nemesis and Return of the Intergalactic Nemesis, two episodic radio serials with live sound effects performed before a live audience in the spirit of 1940s radio broadcast. Created by Austin’s premiere producer of original work, The Intergalactic Nemesis and its sequel Return of the Intergalactic Nemesis ran for five weeks at Gallery Lombardi and then aired on three consecutive Sundays, July 21, 28 and August 4 at 11 AM as part of KUT Radio’s “Best of Public Radio” series.

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Fugitive Pieces

Fugitive Pieces

February 22 - March 16, 2002
at Hyde Park Theatre

Award-winning playwright Caridad Svich tells a road story for a new America. Downcast Mary is a young woman grown brick-tough from run-ins with the law. Troubled John is a dreamer who cobbles together worlds in his mind to escape to when his frail body buckles. Together, these two drifters make their way across a patchwork America, scraping together food, shelter, and a path to redemption. Gritty and sweet, terrifying and uplifting, Fugitive Pieces offers a fractured glimpse into the underbelly of America.

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Tilt Angel

Tilt Angel

October 12 - November 3, 2001 at The Off Center
2211-A Hidalgo Street

Playwright Dan Dietz spins a gothic fairy tale, deep south style. After her commercial flight crashes into the earth, a dead woman, her auto mechanic husband, and their baby-brained, big-bodied son struggle to get the world back on its axis. Sparks and steel, threatening vegetables, weird wings and weirder hands all collide in this gritty and lyrical family epic. This show features the extraordinary acting talents of Jason PhelpsRobert PiersonCyndi Williams, and Victor Steele. Live music by Chris Black of Golden Arm Trio and Holy Ghost.

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Return of the Intergalactic Nemesis

Return of the Intergalactic Nemesis

June 9 and 10, 2001 at the new Austin Lyric Opera Building
908 Barton Springs Road

What would pulp radio drama be without sequels? What would summer be without action, mystery and space adventure?

Molly Sloan, Pulitzer prize-winning reporter and daughter of millionaire publisher William Randolf Sloan is missing! Her father asks her former fiancee Dr. Lawrence Webster, interspacio-temporal quantum physicist and inventor of the Galactascope, to check on her last whereabouts, the sinister Castle Kradmoor. In the Scottish moors, Webster finds himself entangled in an web of crime, warfare, and destruction that exends far past the bounds of his broad imagination, even past the bounds of the Milky Way! Meanwhile a revolution has broken out on the once-peaceful robot planet.

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Wallpaper Psalm

Wallpaper Psalm

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

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, received mention on several critics’ top ten lists for that year, and was nominated for twelve local theater awards, including Best Musical, Best Director of a Musical, Best Musical Direction, and Best Cast Performance.

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The American Demons

The American Demons

September 15 - 30, 2000 at The Blue Theater
916 Springdale

Arguably the most ambitious project Salvage Vanguard has ever taken on, The American Demons was created over the course of nine months in a democratic, collaborative rehearsal environment without dramaturg or director. Conceived by Neulander in 1998 and funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the show integrated its experimental process with source material from The Possessed by Fyodor Dostoevsky and news reports of the shootings at Columbine High School. Because of its experimental nature, the creative process was extremely challenging and exhausting, but the results paid off. People were deeply affected by the emotional and visual power of the show, some positively and some negatively, but all quite strongly.

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The Intergalactic Nemesis

The Intergalactic Nemesis

May 29 and 30, 2000 at The State Theatre
8th Street and Congress Avenue

Based on the 1996 version by Ray Colgan, Jessica Reisman, Julia Edwards, and Lisa D'Amour, this Nemesis was performed on a grand scale at the 300-seat State Theater in downtown Austin. Replete with live sound effects and original music, the show captured the imagination of more than 250 people in its live performance. But the live performance was only the beginning. The company digitally recorded the production with the goal of airing it on the radio and, in December 2000, released the CD for broadcast and for sale on its web site.

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Terminal Hip

Terminal Hip

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.

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.

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The Cry Pitch Carrolls

The Cry Pitch Carrolls

December 3 - 19, 1999 at The John Henry Faulk Living Theater
4th & Brazos Street

The final mainstage show of the 1999’s 3-Ring Circus of Attractions was The Cry Pitch Carrolls. Originally produced in New York, this production featured new staging, a new set, and original music by Austin’s own Golden Arm Trio. Billed as a “nostalgic nuclear winter Christmas opera”, the production was quite simply the most critically acclaimed production in Salvage Vanguard’s history.

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Venus

Venus

September 3 - 25, 1999
In a circus tent at the corner of 5th Street and Lamar Blvd(!)

Arguably the most ambitious project the company has even taken on, Venus ran for four weeks under a circus tent at 5th and Lamar right in downtown Austin! The company had to create the venue from scratch, and while a rental company erected the tent itself, the production team installed electricity, the dressing rooms, rented port-o-potties, built risers, loaded in a two-story set, and even laid out hay on the ground to create an authentic circus feel.

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