Mid 1996-97 Season at ZACH Heralds Triumphs,
New Premieres, and the Return of an Austin Favorite!

April 11, 1997

Critical acclaim and record attendance have been the bench mark of the first half of Zachary Scott Theatre’s 1996-97 season. From the hilarious dog’s-eye-view in A.R. Gurney’s canine comedy, Sylvia; to the glorious sounds of the universally praised production of The Gospel at Colonus; to sumptuous holiday feasts with A Christmas Carol and Rockin’ Christmas Party; to the return of Austin’s favorite comedy whodunit and longest running show in Austin history, Shear Madness; to the vision of Austin’s leading man (Joe York) becoming our leading lady in a highly successful run of Ruthless! The Musical — audiences have enjoyed a delightful array of quality theatre at ZACH.

As the 96-97 season continues, ZACH audiences are in for a treat! Theatrical premieres and lavish new productions are in store. So, sit back and relax – the magic continues…

ZACH Presents the Southwest Premiere of the Critically Acclaimed New Drama — "Jack and Jill!"

ZACH is pleased to present the Texas premiere of Jane Martin’s new play Jack and Jill, an alternately funny, sensual, and riveting drama that mines the subtle and sometimes tricky depths of modern wedlock. Jack and Jill is much like the likable couple in TV’s "Mad About You" — Jack and Jill talk, banter, fight, and laugh their way through primary relationship issues of the 90’s. This fully engaging, and ultimately healing play, lends everyday life a mythic quality. Jack and Jill debuted at the prestigious 20th Annual Humana Festival in 1996 at Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, where Jane Martin’s last six plays have premiered to rave reviews. ZACH’s production features veteran film and stage actor MARCO PERELLA (Shear Madness, The Woolgatherer) as Jack, and award winning actress, MEREDITH ROBERTSON (Ruthless! The Musical, Born Yesterday) as Jill. Jack and Jill is directed by ZACH Artistic Director, Alice Wilson. The show runs April 26 – May 31. Tickets: $15 – $20. (Jack and Jill is the fourth show in ZACH’s five-show mainstage season. It fills the "to be announced" slot previously announced on ZACH’s 96-97 season.)

Experience the Songs. The Letters. The Soul of Janis Joplin, in a New Musical Premiering at ZACH this Summer!

Janis Joplin fans rejoice! Love, Janis, an imaginative, new musical about the legendary performer, premieres at ZACH June 13th. Compelling in its intimacy, Love, Janis is based on letters Janis wrote to her family in Port Arthur, Texas during her rise to rock stardom. In this production, Janis is portrayed by two actresses — the electrifying , on-stage persona, live, in concert — and the other private, introspective Janis. Love, Janis will feature Beehive and Soul Sister’s star, ANDRA MITROVICH, whose soulful recreations of Joplin’s hits prompted the Austin Critics’ Table Awards to name her "Outstanding Supporting Actress." Randal Myler, who co-wrote the musical with Laura Joplin, will direct ZACH’s production. Myler is also the co-author of The Immigrant and is currently the Associate Artistic Director of Denver Center Theatre. Gala preview performances of Love, Janis will be on June 13 and 14 with siblings Laura and Michael Joplin as honored guests. Reception follows hosted by Threadgills (naturally!) For more information on tickets for the gala opening weekend please call 476-0541. Love, Janis’ run continues with opening night on June 21 and performances through 31. Regular ticket prices are $21-$25. (Please note: Since the Rights to Love, Janis have been secured, the alternate show — Jelly Roll — will not be staged during the 96-97 season. Love, Janis is the fifth and final show on ZACH’s 96-97 mainstage season.)

ADDED ATTRACTION!

Encore Encore! "Dreamgirls" Returns in a Lavish New Production this Summer!

ZACH’s glittering, powerhouse hit musical Dreamgirls returns August 1st. Last season, Dreamgirls, played to packed houses during a critically acclaimed 14-week run at ZACH. Due to popular response, Dreamgirls returns for a limited, encore engagement in a lavish, new production at The Paramount Theatre. Winner of seven Austin Critics’ Table Awards including "Best Musical," Dreamgirls features the supremely talented JACQUI CROSS, who stops the show with her searing rendition of "And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going." Also featured in the cast are Austin favorites Felicia Dinwiddie, Judy Arnold, Kenneth Williams, Roderick Sanford, and Janis Stinson. Dreamgirls, directed by Dave Steakley (Beehive, Ruthless! The Musical), runs August 1 – 17 at The Paramount Theatre. Tickets: 412 – $35.

1996-97 Season Schedule, April – August:

Mainstage Show #4

Jack and Jill by Jane Martin * Directed by Alice Wilson Featuring: Marco Perella and Meredith Robertson. Set design by Christopher McCollum, Costume Design by Michael Raiford. Lighting Design by Don Daly.

Previews: April 24 and 25 * Opens: April 26 * Closes: May 31
ZACH’s John R. Whisenhunt Arena Stage, 1510 Toomey Road

Ticket Information:

Performances continue:

Mainstage Show #5

Love, Janis by Laura Joplin and Randal Myler * Directed by Randal Myler Featuring: Andra Mitrovich. Sets and costumes by Michael Raiford. Sound Design by Mac McDonnell.

Gala Previews: June 13 and 14 * Opens: June 21* Closes: August 31
ZACH’s Kleberg Stage, Riverside Dr. at S. Lamar

Ticket Information:

Performances continue:

Jack and Jill and Love, Janis tickets are on sale now at ZACH’s box office, 1510 Toomey Road or Charge by phone at (512) 476-0541.

Added Attraction!

Dreamgirls by Tom Eyen and Henry Krieger * Directed by Dave Steakley. Featuring: JACQUI CROSS as Effie White. Set and Costume design by Michael Raiford. Lighting design by Robert Whyburn. Sound Design by Mac McDonnell.

Opens: August 1* Closes: August 17
A ZACH production staged at The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave.

Ticket Information:

Dreamgirls tickets go on sale June 2nd at The Paramount Theatre Box Office.

Highlights of the 96-97 Season to Date…

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