"Denim Doves" by Adrienne Dawes at Salvage Vanguard Theater in 2016. Pictured: Jenny Larson, Florinda Bryant, Henna Chou, Alyssa Dillard, and Rachel Long.

Salvage Vanguard Theater Announces 2017-18 Season

The season, under new leadership, will feature contemporary plays and a new-works festival.

AUSTIN: Salvage Vanguard Theater (SVT) has announced its 2017-18 season, featuring two mainstage productions and three developmental works.

The season will also mark new leadership as Florinda Bryant and Diana Lynn Small join Jenny Larson as co-producing artistic directors in September.

The mainstage season will begin with blu (Oct. 26-Nov. 11) by Virginia Grise, about a queer Chicana/o family experiencing the after-effects of prison and war. Bryant will direct.

Next will be Sharon Bridgforth’s con flama (March 15-31, 2018), a jazz performance about a young black girl’s coming of age. The production will be presented in honor of Laurie Carlos, who first directed the play in 2000.

SVT’s new-play development series Works-Progress-Austin (WPA) will include Casta, a collaboration with playwright Adrienne Dawes and visual artist Beth Consetta Rubel, a new work inspired by the Casta paintings of interracial families in post-colonial New Spain. The play will have workshops in the fall 2017 and spring 2018, and the show will premiere in 2019.

WPA will also feature Diana Lynn Small’s House Play, about three deities who are banished from the heavens and must decide whether to live as wild animals or domesticated women. The play will be performed in homes. House Play will be developed at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in July, and will premiere in Austin in the fall 2018.

Strip by Amparo Garcia-Crow will close out the WPA series in the spring 2018. The new work will tell the lives of stripper Candy Barr, comedian Lenny Bruce, and performer Josephine Baker.

Salvage Vanguard Theater develops new works and produces contemporary plays.

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