|The City Theatre Company
|3823 Airport Blvd. Suite D, 78722 512-524-2870 email@example.com
|The City Theatre is the city's theater, a world class performing arts venue established for Austin directors, designers
and performers who have one goal: the continued excellence in stage performances and the desire to bring that quality,
committment, and service to the central Texas theatrical community.
|Thursday - Saturday 8 pm.Sunday 3 pm.
- August 5
|April De Angelis’ Austin premiere stage play
The inspiring story of the first women of the stage, and
the power and passion to transform the world of theatre.
Continuing the 2018 sizzlin’ summer season, The City Theatre Company proudly
presents the celebrated stage play Playhouse Creatures by April De Angelis. The
inspiring story of the first actresses of England and their determination to transform all
the theatre world.
City Theatre is excited to welcome back guest director Lindsay McKenna, whose
previous City Theatre directorial credits include the highly successful productions of
Tartuffe and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The show features the talented cast
Lori Cordova, Dashantanaya Lee, Jesselyn Parks, Hannah Enright, Valencia Lee,
Paige Breese, Darren Scharf, and Michael Rodriguez.
"Now the theatre adds all its filth, smut and scandalous entertainment. Only
they don't want blokes at the playhouse any more, they want ladies."
For England, the late 1600s were a troublesome and unruly time. After seventeen years
of suppression, Charles II reopens the theatre playhouses, and, for the first time,
women are allowed to take the stage. Considered little more than mistresses and
whores, this is the story of these first actresses, the ‘playhouse creatures’, whose
ambitions, talent, and risk for artistic equally make their lives truly uncertain. But with
high-spirited comedy, theatrical flair, and emotional poignancy, this moving tale is a
bold statement on determination, passion, and the human spirit, signaling a new
chapter of history and, ultimately, a story of the transforming power of theatre.
“When women break their silence in an act of reclaiming power, the gesture
grows beyond the individual woman to touch the big issues of our world.”
– April de Angelis
A graduate of Sussex University, April De Angelis is an acclaimed writer whose
extensive theatre work includes My Brilliant Friend, After Electra, Rune, Jump, A
Laughing Matter, The Positive Hour, and The Life and Times of Fanny Hill. In 1987, her
play Breathless was a prize winner at the Second Wave Young Women's Writing
Festival, and the BBC production of The Outlander won the Writer’s Guild Award in
1992. Her new adaptation of Frankenstein opened at the Royal Exchange, Manchester
in the spring of 2018. Playhouse Creatures premiered at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
in 1993 and has since been produced at the Old Vic Theatre and at numerous
“playhouses” in Europe and around the world.
SHOW INFORMATION AT A GLANCE
PLAYHOUSE CREATURES by April De Angelis
July 13 – August 5. Thursday - Saturday 8:00 pm. Sunday 3:00 pm.
The City Theatre. 3823 Airport Blvd. Austin 78722.
General Seating $15. Center Row Reserved $20-25. Thursday all seats $10.
Tickets at the door $20. Group and student discounts.
Tickets 512-524-2870 or firstname.lastname@example.org.