Here’s a chance to see three north Texas solo performers workshopping original shows-in-progress.
This first in a quarterly series from Audacity Theatre Lab will feature excerpts from pieces in development by Van Quattro, Steve Young and Beth Bontley.
Curated by Brad McEntire.
Monday, August 25, 2014 at 7:30 pmAt the Margo Jones Theatre,
1121 First Avenue in Fair Park, Dallas TX 75210
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FREE! (though a P-W-Y-C donation is suggested)
STANDING EIGHT COUNT by Van Quattro.
In this new solo piece, a young broken-hearted man tries to figure out how to to salvage his life.
Van Quattro was born and raised in Los Angeles. During his time in L.A. he appeared in over twenty stage productions
Van Studied with the esteemed Roy London for years Van has appeared in many television shows, including Millennium, Chicago Hope, Pickett Fences, General Hospital.
He has been in films such as Fight Club and End of Days and many more. Besides television and film work, Van has appeared on many Texas stages. He has worked at Casa Manana and Dallas Theater Center (as Boo in To Kill A Mockingbird). At Theatre Three he was Arthur in Superior Donuts, a role that won him a Best Actor Award by the DFW Theater Critics. He was recently in A Behanding in Spokane at Second Thought Theater. Earlier this year he was seen in Water Tower Theater’s Grapes of Wrath and as Lennie in Theater Arlingtons Of Mice and Men.
ONE WOMAN SPEAKS FOR THE WOMEN WHO CARRIED THE WORD by ElizaBeth Bontley
Charlotte Delbo was a member of the French Resistance who survived an ordeal in a concentration camp in WWII. The women there chose to help each other survive as long as they could, so that one of them could return and carry the words and stories of the women imprisoned there. Upon her return home, Delbo wrote "Who Will Carry the Word."
ElizaBeth Bontley is an actress, director and coach who is exploring theatrical form and content. She recieved her BA in Speech and Drama from Trintity University, graduated from the Circle in the Square Acting Conservatory in NYC and recieved her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College.
Original works include Being Green and Other Mysteries, Girlz2women Quest and Acet-o-philous or Vinegar Love which was proced locally as well as part of the NYC's United Solo festival in 2013.
She has taught at TCU, TCC, Kids Who Dare and Dallas Children's Theater. Currently, she teaches at S.T.A.G.E. and with the Dallas Summer Musicals Academy. She also House Mangaes at the Texas Star Dinner Theatre. She'll be performing in Cabaret at Runway Theatre in October.
THE RAT BOY OF SOULARD by Steven Young
Soulard, French for drunkard, is both a lifestyle choice for his mother and the St. Louis home for the six-year-old, sun burnt, bald headed, short-trousered, Mickey-Mouse ear wearin’ Stevie Verbal. Born, coming out the wrong end up, mother and son engage in a struggle that takes them on a turbulent ride through the sixties.
Steven Young works as a playwright, actor, director and theatre educator. As a director Steven has worked at the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival in the UK, Milwaukee Rep, Chicago Shakespeare Project, American Southwest Theatre Company, Virginia Stage Company, New American Theatre, Southwest American Theatre and Swine Palace. Steven was an alternate for the New York Drama League Director’s Fellowship. He currently is a drama faculty member at Texas Woman’s University.
As an actor he appeared in the one-man show The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs at Amphibian. He has appeared in over 40 Shakespearian roles and is very proud of winning the Shakespeare Quarterly’s Justin Shaltz Award for best supporting actor for his portrayal of Falstaff in Henry IV part 2 at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival.
As a writer, NYC’s Nylon Fusion Theatre Company produced his one-act play Under the Overpass at the Maddox Theatre. His play The King’s Face was the winner of both the FutureFest and Southwest Playwriting Competitions. The King’s Face received a staged reading at the Blank Theatre in Los Angeles and was a Newman/Woodard Drama Award finalist at the Bloomington Playwright’s Project. Giant Olive Theatre Company of London originally produced The King’s Face Off West End. Steve has been a Jerome Fellowship Finalist for his play The Wal*Mart-ians. Chicago Arts & Entertainment heralded the production as the Best Comedy of the Year and the script was recently a Riva Shriner Comedy Award Finalist. The Resurrectionists was nominated for two Joseph Jefferson Citations; Cheddar Heads was a finalist with the National New Plays Network. His short play Blank Canvas was selected as one of 50 finalists at the Actors Theatre of Louisville and was produced by the Midtown International Theatre Festival in NYC.
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