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Becky's New Car
Written and Directed by Steven Dietz
Starring Lauren Lane of TV's The Nanny and ZACH's The Clean House
Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday at 2:30pm and 7pm
"The ZACH production sparkles ... with whip-smart comedic timing ... charm and sincerity!"
"Featuring the best talents in town, Dietz has created one of the most successful and polished pieces to hit Austin stages this year!"
"Seriously, go see it!"
"BECKY'S NEW CAR entertains and engages the audience with its clever plot, playful dialogue and spirited performances!"
"A great equity theatre like ZACH ... The audiences are smart and very willing to experience new stuff -- cutting edge stuff ... This will surprise some people!"
"Wacky and wistful, Becky's New Car maps out a road trip that lets the audience ride shotgun in a way most plays don't dare!"
Lauren Lane stars in this life-affirming comedy about an eccentric millionaire who offers Becky the keys to a brand new life. This romantic farce by acclaimed Austin playwright Steven Dietz (playwright of last season's hit Shooting Star) offers a fantastically funny exploration about class, wealth and selling out during Becky's wild ride through a clever twist of events. Huge laughs, hairpin plot turns and a story with the pedal to the metal. Buckle up!
What ZACH patrons are doing ...
"Definition of a happy actor: To have an artistic home like ZACH, to have intelligent, creative collaborators like Dave Steakley, to laugh and work with actors like Barbara Chisholm PLUS to have the opportunity to work on a new play by a writer of Mr. Dietz's reputation ... pinch me, I'm dreaming!"
About the Company
LAUREN LANE* (Becky) – was last seen at ZACH in The Clean House, for which she received a B. Iden Payne nomination for “Best Actress in a Drama.” In 2009, she won the B. Iden Payne award for “Best Actress in a Comedy” for her work as Sue in House of Several Stories. She has worked extensively in regional theatre, she was a company member in Tim Robbins’ award winning Los Angeles-based theatre company - The Actors Gang - where she won a Drama-Logue award for her work in Electra directed by Oskar Eustis. She has also worked at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The Mark Taper Forum, The American Conservator Theatre, and Dallas Theatre Center, among others. For six seasons, she played C.C. Babcock on the television show, "The Nanny." She also played the female lead, Chris Novak, on the detective show Hunter, as well as a recurring role on L.A. LAW. Most recently, Lauren was seen at The Kennedy Center in Nebraska at Noon and Two Socks Discuss Loss as part of the acting company of The American College Theatre Festival. Lauren graduated from the MFA program at The American Conservatory Theatre. She is an Assistant Professor at Texas State University and lives with her daughter Kate in Austin. Lauren is represented by Collier Talent.
LUCIEN DOUGLAS* (Walter) – BROADWAY: Medea with Zoe Caldwell and Dame Judith Anderson; OFF-BROADWAY: Naked, Family Business, Candida, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. REGIONAL: Many! TELEVISION/FILM: Walker, Texas Ranger; One Life to Live; Another World; Hallmark Hall of Fame (with Faye Dunaway); Miss Congeniality; Man of the House; Sno Cone Stand. ADDITIONAL CREDITS: Professor of Acting/Directing at the University of Texas at Austin: recipient of 2000 Texas Excellence Teaching Award and 2010 Department of Theatre & Dance Teaching Excellence Award. Member of the TETA Adjudicators’ Organization, conducting annual workshops for approximately 25 high school drama programs. He is a Guest Director at The Juilliard School; North Carolina School of the Arts; New York University; Penn State University; St. Edward’s University; and Southwestern University. Last spring 2009, he directed Long Day’s Journey Into Night in Austin. OTHER: PhD, Michigan State University; BFA, University of Connecticut; certificate of professional training, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
SYDNEY ANDREWS (Kenni) – AT ZACH: Love, Janis and Doubt. REGIONAL THEATRE: An Ideal Husband at Austin Shakespeare Theatre, James and the Giant Peach at Berkshire Theatre Festival, The Canterville Ghost at the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, and The Allegory of Whiteness at the Farm Theatre. FILM: Artois the Goat. OTHER THEATRE: The Death of Beth, Tides of Aberdeen, Pride and Prejudice, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Big Love at the University of Texas at Austin; The Crucible, The Spitfire Grill, Uncle Vanya, and Picnic at Greensboro College. ADDITIONAL CREDITS: M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, B.A. from Greensboro College.
BABS GEORGE* (Ginger) – AT ZACH: The Sister’s Rosensweig (1994-95 Season). REGIONAL THEATRE: A professional actress for 30 years, she has worked in Oregon, New Mexico, Utah, Michigan, and Indiana. A resident of Austin for 22 years, she has been seen at Austin Shakespeare, Austin Playhouse where she is a company member, St. Edwards University and TexArts. Recent television credits: Friday Night Lights and GenY (a pilot for a new series). OTHER: M.F.A. in Classical Acting from The Shakespeare Theatre and The George Washington University. She is the creator and director of The State Theatre School of Acting. She has been an instructor in the Theatre Departments at St. Edward’s University, The University of Texas and Texas State University.
CHRIS GIBSON (Joe) – joins ZACH for the first time with his appearance in Becky’s New Car. REGIONAL THEATRE: G.B. Shaw’s Misalliance at The Austin Playhouse. XJason Neulander’s The Intergalactic Nemesis, RoHo Theatre Co.’s La Putain avec les Fleurs, Da! Collective's Leave it to Beverly!
JOSH MEYER (Chris) – joins ZACH for the first time with his appearance in Becky's New Car. REGIONAL THEATRE: Dionysus in 69 and I've Never Been So Happy with Rude Mechanicals, Mister Z Loves Company and A Thought in Three Parts with Rubber Repertory, A Brief History of an Extraordinary Birth of Rabbits at Salvage Vanguard. OFF-BROADWAY: Not Clown at Soho Rep. FILM: No Country for Old Men, In the Valley of Elah, The 2 Bobs, Lovers of Hate. AWARDS: Screen Actors Guild Award, numerous B. Iden Payne and Austin Critics’ Table Awards. ADDITIONAL CREDITS: Co-Artistic Director of Rubber Repertory Theatre.
BEN PRAGER (Steve) – AT ZACH: Mr. Stopnick in Caroline, or Change. ONE-MAN SHOWS: Ben has written/performed eight one-man shows of character monologues. He is a four time “Best of Fest” winner at FronteraFest. In 2009, his show Things in Life was nominated for three Austin Critics’ Table Awards. Ben has performed his one-man shows at New City Theater, Empty Space, Tacoma Actors Guild, On the Boards, Bumbershoot Arts Festival and was featured on PBS’s Spotlight Series for the Arts. REGIONAL THEATER: A Contemporary Theater, Seattle - World Premiere of God’s Country, written by Steven Dietz. New City Theater, Seattle - Eddie Goes to Poetry City, Part 1, written and directed by Richard Foreman; Pilgrim’s of the Night written and directed by Len Jenkin; and Mud written and directed by Maria Irene Fornes. In addition, Ben has performed at Seattle Repertory Theater, Arizona Theater Company and Odyssey Theatre Ensemble.
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About the Artistic Staff
STEVEN DIETZ (Playwright/Director) – is pleased to return to ZACH, where he has previously directed Doubt and the world-premiere of his play, Shooting Star. Since 1983, Mr. Dietz’s thirty-plus plays and adaptations have been seen at over 100 regional theatres, as well as Off-Broadway and internationally. His work has been translated into ten languages. Mr. Dietz received the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award for his plays Fiction (produced Off-Broadway by the Roundabout Theatre Company), and Still Life with Iris; the Edgar® Award for “Best Mystery Play” for Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure; the PEN USA West Award in Drama for Lonely Planet; and the Yomiuri Shimbun Award (the Japanese “Tony”) for his adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s Silence. Recent work includes the National New Play Network featured play, Yankee Tavern; the Pulitzer-nominated Last of the Boys; and the upcoming baseball play, Jackie & Me (adapted from Dan Gutman). Mr. Dietz has directed premiere productions of new plays at numerous American regional theatres, including Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, Northlight Theatre (Chicago), City Theatre Company (Pittsburgh), Westside Arts (Off-Broadway), and the Sundance Institute. Mr. Dietz and his family divide their time between Seattle and Austin, where he teaches playwriting at the University of Texas.
JASON AMATO (Lighting Design) – Jason’s career has spanned 15 years, designing over 450 local and international shows. In addition to designing at ZACH for 10 years, he is the resident lighting designer for Austin Shakespeare, Blue Lapis Light and the Vortex. Recent shows at ZACH: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Grapes of Wrath, Shooting Star, Beehive and Caroline, or Change. The Austin Critics’ Table Awards has honored Jason for outstanding lighting in 25 shows. He has also received B. Iden Payne Awards for his lighting of Troades, Trickster, The Exonerated, Omnium-Gatherum, Triskelion, Panoptikon, Despair‘s Book of Dreams and The Deluge. In 2008, Jason received the “Outstanding Contribution to Austin Theater” award from Austin Circle of Theaters. You can view his work at www.jasonamato.com.
MICHAEL RAIFORD (Set Design) - is a freelance scenic and costume designer based in Austin, Texas. Michael has been a designer at ZACH Theatre for over 18 years where he has designed over 90 productions. ZACH projects include: Let Me Down Easy, Caroline, or Change, The Clean House, Porgy and Bess, Jesus Christ Superstar/Jesucristo Superestrella, Take Me Out, Urinetown, The Exonerated, I Am My Own Wife, Keepin’ It Weird, Crowns, The Laramie Project, Aida, The America Play, Hank William Lost Highway, Cabaret, Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues, Limonade Tous Le Jours, Smokey Joe’s Café, Hair, Hedwig, The Pavilion, Evita, Tru, The Rocky Horror Show (1999 & 2006), Angels in America (Parts I and II) and so many versions of costumes and sets for Rockin’ Christmas Party we quit counting! Michael is now in his third season at the Humana Festival of New American plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville. His designs have included sets for the premiere of Craig Wright’s new play The Unseen and Carlos Murillo’s Dark Play or Stories for Boys. Also at Actors Theatre, Michael designed costumes and video for Jouét, which was first produced at ZACH where he designed the sets and video. Other favorite Regional Theatre projects include: Well and The Chosen at Cleveland Playhouse: Give ‘em Hell Harry and the U.S. premiere of The Young Lady from Rwanda at Kansas City Repertory Theatre; Guys and Dolls at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre in Florida: The Fantastiks at Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC; and What Goes Up at the New Victory Theatre in NYC. Other Austin Projects include Rigoletto for Austin Lyric Opera; Big Love and Tesla for the Rude Mechanicals.
ARIANA SCHWARTZ (Costume Design) – joins ZACH for the first time as costume designer for Becky’s New Car. OTHER THEATRE: Still Life with Iris, Pride and Prejudice, Br’er Wood, Still Life with Iris and The Shadow Box at the University of Texas, Austin. FILM: Overpass and Falconer. ADDITIONAL CREDITS: M.F.A. from University of Texas, Austin.
CRAIG BROCK (Sound Design) – A freelance audio engineer since 1989, he also works as a recording engineer and music producer. At ZACH Theatre: Flaming Idiots, Spelling Bee, Love, Janis, The Grapes of Wrath, Let Me Down Easy, Shooting Star, Caroline or Change, The Clean House, Altar Boyz, Porgy and Bess, Speeding Motorcycle, Seussical, High School Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar/Jesuscristo Superestrella, Plaid Tidings, An Almost Holy Picture, Take Me Out, Rocky Horror Show, I Am My Own Wife, Urinetown, Hank Williams: Lost Highway, Rockin’ Christmas Party, The Santaland Diaries, Crowns. REGIONAL: Evil Dead, The Music Man, Romeo & Juliet, Starlight Express. Album credits include: El Tri, Mana, Luis Miguel, Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, Barbra Streisand, Guns & Roses, David Crosby, Stephen Stills.
CHRISTOPHER COGSWELL (Properties Master) – joined ZACH Theatre in 2008. AT ZACH: Properties Designer for Rockin Christmas Party 2010, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Love Janis, Grapes of Wrath, Shooting Star, Let Me Down Easy, Caroline or Change; and Properties Master for the Flaming Idiots, The Santaland Diaries, Beehive, and Rockin’ Christmas Party 2009. Also, Designer and builder of ZACH’s new prop rental, Milky White from Into the Woods. Photos are available online. TELEVISION: Properties design for Discovery Channel; Impaled. OTHER THEATRES: Mary Stewart, Music Man, Black Bird, the Hallow. COLLEGE: Anything Goes, Pride and Prejudice, Tempest, Treasure Island, The Pirates of Penzance, Anna in the Tropics.
PAUL FLINT (Director of Production) – joined ZACH Theatre in 2008. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Shorter College and Master of Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a focus on Technical Direction, Scenic Design and Arts Management. He has over ten years experience in technical theatre and has worked as a Technical Director for eight years. His theatre credits include the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Ga., Glimmer Glass Opera in Coopers Town, N.Y., Vitalist Theatre Company in Chicago,Ill. and a founding member of Seaside Repertory Theatre in Seaside, Fla.. Paul is the author of Managing the Creative Mind: A Technical Director’s Process.
BLAIR HURRY (Costume Shop Manager) – grew up in Austin and studied Costume Design and Technology at the University of Texas. While attending UT, she designed costumes for The Famous Rio Grande, The Trojan Women and Cabaret. Her most recent costume design works include Vampyress for the Vortex Theatre, Parade: A Musical for St. Edward’s University and Shooting Star for ZACH Theatre. She has built costumes for The Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Ohio Light Opera Company and STAGES: St. Louis. She returned to Austin after touring as Head of Wardrobe and Make-up for the national tour of Playhouse Disney's The Doodlebops LIVE! and the 2008 National tour of The Moscow Ballet’s The Great Russian Nutcracker. She is an active member of the local 205 IATSE union.
AMANDA NADINE GASS* (Stage Manager) – joins ZACH Theatre for the first time. REGIONAL THEATRE: Taming of the Shrew at Illinois Shakespeare Festival. OTHER: The Nina Variations, Intermission: Life in the In-between and Elektra with Gobotrick Theatre. Much Ado About Nothing, Frame 312, The Rover, The Exonerated and The Art of Dining at Texas State University; Stage Manager for Orestes at Cambiare Productions. OTHER CREDITS: M.A. from Texas State University.
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