Austin Playhouse announces Austin Playfest, a collaborative virtual theater festival celebrating Austin’s creativity and resilience during the pandemic November 11-15, 2021.
Featuring works from Austin Playhouse as well as other companies such as Deaf Austin Theater, Ground Floor Theater, Hyde Park Theater, Jarrott Productions, New Manifest Theater Company, Salvage Vanguard Theater, ScriptWorks, Summer Stock Austin, TILT Performance Group and The VORTEX. Virtual passes and single tickets on sale mid-October at austinplayfest.com.
In March 2020, businesses pivoted, redesigned, reworked, collaborated, and created new ways to reach their audiences. For many, that meant virtual performances: live broadcasts, zoomed-in readings, and works created entirely for this new medium.
“During this time, I saw an incredible explosion of creativity from so many members of the community.” said Lara Toner Haddock, artistic director of production. Melissa Vogt at VORTEX has hosted live broadcasts for months, Scriptworks has turned its annual 10-minute game festival into a multimedia event, and many more. Austin Playfest celebrates the depth and breadth of the Austin Theater for the pandemic as we return to the live performances. “
Various plays have been performed online only, such as A Portrait of My Mother by Jarrott Productions and Austin Playhouse’s Confessions of an English Danger Girl, while others like Taji Senior’s Amendment for Salvage Vanguard have been performed live and broadcast, putting the skills of theater professionals to work. the medium of cinema. All of them were designed and created when the world suddenly changed in March 2020.
Offering more than a dozen performances over five days, the virtual festival will also include live broadcasts, Q&A with the creative community and an in-person mixer on Sunday, November 14 at VORTEX’s Butterfly Bar, 2307 Manor Rd.
Produced by Austin Playhouse, Austin Playfest will include a context for each play to help audiences better understand the challenges each theater and its creators face and their goals for each work. Proceeds from Austin Playfest will benefit all of the festival’s featured theater companies.
Full offers and lineup will be announced later this month.
Tickets: Festival passes start at $ 42; tickets for individual events are $ 7. Passes and individual tickets go on sale mid-October at austinplayfest.com.