Zachary Scott Theatre
1997-98 Season

The Piano Lesson by August Wilson. At the heart of this Pulitzer Prize winning play stands a piano ornately carved with the Charles family history of slavery that has been gathering dust in Berniece Charles’ parlor. When her exuberant brother, Boy Willie, bursts into her life with his dream of buying the same Mississippi land that his family had worked as slaves, he plans to sell the antique piano for the cash he needs to stake his future. But Berniece refuses to sell, clinging to the piano as a reminder of their family’s legacy. A symbol of the past creates a dilemma with an opportunity in the present. "Heartstopping — the play’s real music is in the language–Mr. Wilson’s most virtuosic writing to date!" — New York Times. September 13 – November 19, 1997
The Taffetas by Rick Lewis. The expanding ozone hole that permitted Forever Plaid to come back to earth to perform their dream gig just got a little bigger. (It must be because of those darn Beehive gals and their Aqua Net!) Direct from Muncie, Indiana — where going to first base is still restricted to baseball — comes the Plaids’ sister group, THE TAFFETAS. Kaye, Peggy, Donna and Cheryl are pleased as punch to welcome you on their musical journey through the fabulous fifties as they See the USA in their Chevrolet and pay tribute to the McGuire Sisters, Rosemary Cloney, Peggy Lee and many more. These Wonder bread gals spin some heavenly harmonies of their own on classics like "Sincerely", "Mister Sandman", and "Sh Boom". "They’re really keen!" — Sparky, "Stay sweet girls, and you’ll go far in life." — Frankie, "I like to think of them as the dates we never had." — Smudge, "I’d give ’em four nosebleeds."–Jinx. November 1 – December 31, 1997.

Blues in the Night by Sheldon Epps. It’s 1938 in a flea bag Chicago hotel where the only comfort ’round midnight is the blues. Bursting with great jazz and blues songs of the 1920’s and 30’s, Blues in the Night shouts the lives of three women over the course of a memory-filled evening. There is the down on her luck chitlin-circuit blues performer who has abandoned a life on the road. The woman of the world who, as she loses her luster, finds it more difficult to attract the patrons who have always taken care of her. And the new girl in town with high hopes and a date with — a dream. Blues in the Night is a living, breathing, singing, late-night wail on the blues as it kicks out all the stops and blows off the roof. "A dark-toned honey of a show — formidably seductive — this is entertainment to warm body and soul together." — New York Times.. January 17 – March 22, 1998

Angels in America, Part 1: Millennium Approaches by Tony Kushner. The wait is over! The most talked about play in recent memory is coming to ZACH. Angels in America boldly explores issues of spirituality, AIDS, Washington politics, homosexuality and healing during the Reagan years of America. It is the recipient of virtually every major theatre award including the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize. "Believe the hype: this smartly ambitious, unabashedly sprawling, glintingly provocative, frequently hilarious and urgently poignant play is as revelatory as the title suggests." Recommended for audiences 18 and over, this play contains adult language, graphic scenes, and nudity. Angels is 3 hours in length with 2 intermissions; evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. April 4 – May 10, 1998 (Angels in America, Part II: Perestroika will be presented in the 1998-99 season.)

Chicago by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb. Chicago…Chicago…it’s a hellava town! The twenties never roared so loud as they do in CHICAGO with All That Jazz and cold blooded killers! Velma Kelly, a vaudevillian, finds her husband and the other half of her sister act in a compromising position. Unfortunately, her gun accidentally fires…nine times! Chorus girl Roxie Hart suffers from an equally itchy trigger finger for her faithless lover. Step aside O.J.! Look out Menendez brothers! Once incarcerated, headline rivals Velma and Roxie both capitalize on their pre-trial publicity for the sake of acquittal, lucrative book deals, and a coast to coast theatre tour. "Brassy, sassy, raunchy .. as dazzling a demonstration of the craft of musical theatre as you’re ever going to see on a stage…even better than the Kander and Ebb scores for CABARET and KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN."–New York Times. June 13 – August 31, 1998 (Pending rights availability.)

The Who’s Tommy by Pete Townsend and Des McAnuff, Music and Lyrics by Pete Townsend See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me, Heal Me…The Who’s electrifying rock opera ignites the stage in a new concert version complete with the Pinball Wizard, the Acid Queen, and Uncle Ernie. This miraculous story of the deaf, dumb and blind kid rocks, tilts and pulses with the raw energy of a new generation! ZACH’s exciting staging of this work will be in one of Austin’s premiere concert venues with some of the finest musicians from Austin’s live music scene. Get ready to rock because the new sensation is coming the way it was meant to be. "An entertainment juggernaut that lifts the audience out of their seats!: — New York Times. August 1 – 30, 1998.

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