For those still looking for something to do in Austin on this Thursday evening, May 20, 2010. two live performances to consider are Agnes of God at City Theatre Company and Pirates of Penzance at Harmony School of Excellence. With the City Theatre’s serious stage play taking place on Airport Rd. east of IH-35, and HSE nestled at the southeast corner of Woodward and St. Elmo, near Ben White, the locations lend themselves to residents who may have a difficult time attending downtown events tonight.
This evening’s performance of Agnes of God marks the beginning of the end for the play’s run at CTC, which began April 29th and ends this weekend on May 23rd. Here’s the gist of it, as described on the nonprofit group’s website:
Agnes of God is the tale of three women, all in need of a miracle, who are drawn together by the
death of a child. When Dr. Martha Livingstone (Dawn Erin), a disillusioned ex-Catholic psychiatrist, is
summoned to a convent and meets Sister Agnes (Laura Ray), a young novitiate accused of
murdering her newborn, she is deeply moved by the young nun’s spiritual purity. Determined to
circumvent the over-protective Mother Superior (Jennifer Underwood), Dr. Livingstone struggles to
unearth the truth about the conception, birth and death of Agnes’s child. Both fight desperately to
save Agnes forcing all three women to re-examine the meaning of faith, identity, and the power of
love and to find the miracle each one of them needs.
The show starts at 8pm on Thursdays. See the listing below for venue address and contact information.
Tonight is also opening night for Pirates of Penzance, which is the 1st annual Spring play for students at Harmony School of Excellence. The South Austin charter school’s choral group has been working hard on the execution of their inaugural performance of this Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. They have been rehearsing regularly while helping with set painting, costumes, etc., under the direction of Ruth Garcia, HSE’s music teacher.
The comic opera, which has been well-received since its New York debut in 1879, is a great kid-friendly alternative to Agnes of God for theater-goers this evening. There will be a performance in the cafeteria at 7pm, and another tomorrow for fellow students and parents.
Pirates of Penzance is the story of Frederic, who, is released after his 21st year from his apprenticeship to a band of tenderhearted pirates. He meets Mabel, whose father is Major-General Stanley, and the two fall instantly in love. “Frederic finds out, however, that he was born on February 29, and so, technically, he only has a birthday each leap year. His apprenticeship indentures state that he remains apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday, and so he must serve for another 63 years. Mabel agrees to wait for him faithfully.” (wikipedia.org)
City Theatre Austin
3823 Airport Blvd. Suite D
Austin, Texas 78722