closing out the 2017-2018 season...

CRY IT OUT

Who should cry it out? 

Cry It Out takes an honest look at the absurdities of being home with a baby, the power of female friendship, the dilemma of going back to work, and the effect class has on parenthood in America.

Cooped up on maternity leave and starved for conversation, Jessie invites her forthright neighbor Lina, also a new mom, for coffee on the patio between their duplexes. Despite their vastly different finances, they become fast friends during nap times—while someone watches from the mansion on the cliff overlooking Jessie’s yard.  

3 women. 3 Different backgrounds. 1 shared struggle. 

STARRING:

Lee Eddy, Jenny Lavery, Christin Davis*, and Ben Wolfe*

“Comic gold…finely written!”

"Tender, revealing and incisive."

“…a deeply felt drama that takes audiences on an emotional roller-coaster ride that whipsaws through laughs, poignant tears and moments of monumental rage…”

“Whip-smart!”

LAST MONTH...

Winner of Scriptworks' Finer Point Funding

supporting the

WORLD PREMIERE 

of 

THE SECRETARY

by local playwright, Kyle John Schmidt

presented by Theatre en Bloc and The Long Center

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Who should own a gun? 

The Secretary is an offbeat comedy about safety, love, and guns in a world that's up in arms. 

When an elderly secretary at the local high school confronts a threat in her office with six bullets, the local gun company responds by naming their latest gun after the reluctant hero: The Secretary. But as production begins on The Secretary, guns start going off all around town—and no one’s pulling the trigger. 

6 women. 1 office. Lots of feelings. 

STARRING:

Amber Quick, Babs George*, Liz Beckham, Susan Myburgh, Elise Ogden*, and Regan Goins

WORLD OF WEE! 

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Coming up in 2018...

AUGUST

Workshop of 

SEVERE WEATHER WARNING by Liz Doss

 

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Past seasons

here's where we've been:

2011:

American Bear by Larry Mitchell

New Work - Best Lighting Design

American Bear is a play about how we define home and family during family crisis. Is family forever? When isn't blood thicker than water?                                

It's the journey of two brothers, Eddie and Jules, who are struggling in the wake of their parents’ untimely death. Eddie, who has been gone for many years, returns to the boys' childhood home for the funeral with his new fiancée, Lonnie, in tow. As the three work through the history of family strife, it is more than sibling rivalry that comes between the two brothers.

Central Texas Live Theatre Review

"There's an integrity to Mitchell's portrayal of these characters.  He neither apologizes for them nor caricatures them."

"Jenny Lavery just breaks your heart.  Her Lonnie is simple, watchful, a sweet guarded thing with a tentative smile."


 

2012:

Just Outside Redemption by Dennis Bailey & David Mixner

New Work - Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor

"Dennis Bailey's Just Outside Redemption as staged by Jenny Lavery and Derek Kolluri of Theatre en Bloc wears its heart on its sleeve and it's as pure an example of theatre as community as any that I've come across."

"Just Outside Redemption is painful to watch which is exactly why you should see it. Hate crimes are driven by emotion, not rationality. Just Outside Redemption makes you understand that."

Theatre en Bloc, partnered with Equality TX, proudly presented the world premiere of JUST OUTSIDE REDEMPTION which dramatizes the personal, professional and political sacrifices involved in the fight for inclusive hate crimes legislation in the Lone Star State in the 1990s. Based on actual events and set in the city where it all happened, Austin, TX, JOR is an honest and emotional observation of Dianne Hardy Garcia’s journey to include sexual orientation in a bill that would eventually become the James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Act. This legislation was the precursor to the National Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. The story is a triumphant reflection of how government can enact laws that ultimately bend the course of history toward justice.

Austin Chronicle Review, Burnt Orange Review, CTX Review

 


 

2013:

Violet Crown: Dog's Town (New Work - Best of Frontera Fest)

Violet Crown: Dog's Town

Austin is a Place: You Are Here (New Work - Best Theatrical Event)

Fat Pig (Best Drama, Best Director, Best Lead Actor)

 

2014: 

Violet Crown: Salamander Down (New Work - Best of Frontera Fest)

Bethany (Best Drama, Best Director, Best Fight Choreography)

Cock (Best Cast, Best Director, Best Production)

 

2015: 

Jacob's Ladder

(World Premiere - Scriptworks Finer Point Funding Recipient)

 

2016: 

Bright Half Life

The Totalitarians (Best Set Design)

The Drowning Girls

(Best Production, Best Cast, Best Director, Best Set Design, Best Light Design)

 

2017: 

World of Wee! Wee Celebrate the Seasons (New Work - Pilot Production)

Neva

World of Wee!

2018: 

The Secretary (New Work - World Premiere)

Cry It Out (Regional Premiere)

 

 

Good things come to those who wait.

Thank you for your patience.

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OUR MISSION:

 

THEATRE EN BLOC CREATES AND SHARES ELEGANTLY RENDERED THEATRICAL EVENTS, BOTH NEW AND EXTANT, THAT COLLIDE WITH THE QUESTION:

 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE ALIVE

IN THE WORLD TODAY?

 

EVERYTHING WE CREATE

Theatre en Bloc creates theatrical events as a reaction to living in Austin, Texas, the United States, and the World. We’re interested in how an ever changing world affects people, how they react, and how they choose to make existence better or make it worse. Being human is an affliction and a gift. We hope our work plays some role in helping people make sense of the non-sense.


EXTRAORDINARY CRAFT

We're tireless in our pursuit of perfection. We push ourselves to be creative, innovative and entertaining. The result is top-notch work. Fail. Fail again. Fail better.


CULTURE OF COMPANY

More than collaboration - it's a state of being - an understanding between individual artists that our talents + ability to produce profound work are strengthened and nurtured when we work as a collective. Group think (and do).


COMING TOGETHER

Theatre is most effective when we're putting the right piece of work in front of the right people at the right time. Our work is never complete until you are a part of it.

 
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