2018 Season Announcement, Shrewd Productions, Austin

Shrewd Productions

Now, more than ever, Shrewd's mission of supporting women's voices and new work is critically important. For our 13th-year anniversary, we are celebrating our roots as a company with not one, but TWO WORLD PREMIERES written and directed by WOMEN, an invitation-only reading series of brand new plays from Austin and beyond, and a fabulous, gala celebration! ​ 

It's a lot of good work, and we're counting on your support to make this wonderful season a reality. 
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The Afterparty
A world premiere by Reina Hardy 
Directed by Liz Fisher

June 15-30 at The VORTEX 

There's a party at the end of the universe, and all you need to get in is a kiss...

Claire Leverrier, a poet haunted by the death of her childhood crush, reveals the secrets of the universe using a bicycle light and puppets. “The Afterparty” is a romance. Or is it a metaphor? Either way, Claire might never recover once a star steps down from the sky and invites her to a party.

The first production in this rolling world premiere by Reina Hardy (Stars and Barmen, Changelings, Agent Andromeda) is directed by Liz Fisher (Deus Ex Machina) with dramaturgy by James Fleming and features a cast including Shannon Grounds, Ja'Michael Darnell, Rommel Sulit, Valoneecia Tolbert, and Trey Deason, with set design by Ann Marie Gordon, lighting design by Patrick Anthony, media design by Andrew McIntyre, costume design by Monica Pasut, sound design by Nick Hart, production management by Melinda Parr, stage management by Michael Logue, and production assistance by Kaycee Swierc.

Summer Soiree

Summer Soiree 
A wild summer fling to raise funds for Shrewd's 2018 season

July, TBA 

It's Xmas in July! 

A summer celebration to raise funds for our current season, The Summer Soiree will feature live music, summer-themed cocktails, free food, and burlesque and aerial acts featuring special guest artists and the Shrewd company.  

Come raise a glass to our 14th season, and help us continue to make ground-breaking, award-winning new theatre!

The Madres

The Madres 
A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere by Stephanie Alison Walker
Directed by Lily Wolff

August/September at the Santa Cruz Center for Culture

It's 1978 in Buenos Aires, Argentina where people are disappearing right off the street but no one is talking about it. 

Carolina and her mother Josefina are searching for their pregnant daughter/granddaughter, Belén, who has been missing for twelve weeks. When they receive a surprise visit first from a former neighborhood priest who is now stationed at the ESMA (the Navy Mechanics school turned concentration camp in the middle of the city,) they come up with a plan to try to see Belén one last time. Will it work? Will they be able to save her baby? Will they be able to save themselves? 

This NNPN Rolling World Premiere is directed by Lily Wolff (Lungs, As You Like It), with assistant direction and dramaturgy by Clarissa Smith Hernandez and features a cast including Mary Alice Carnes, Yesenia Garcia Herrington, Madison Palomo, Carlo Lorenzo Garcia and Rupert Reyes, with set design by Indigo Rael, lighting design by Patrick Anthony, costume design by Laura Gonzalez, and sound design by Malyssa Quiles with production management by Shannon Grounds and stage management by Kayleigh Axtell.

Shrewd Reads

Shrewd Reads 
An invitation-only reading series exploring new plays from Austin and beyond

May-September, TBA

Join the company Shrewd for a delightful evening of cocktails, hor d'oerves and a reading of a brand new play! Get to know the artists involved in making Shrewd's productions and talk to us about these exciting new works in development!

About Shrewd
Championing unique perspectives and emerging artists, Shrewd Productions is focused on women's voices, new plays, and work developed though a collaborative artistic approach. We are committed to creating high-quality theatrical experiences that are thoughtful, provocative, and entertaining, featuring the work of women, people of color, and LGBT artists as we seek to provide a broader array of voices in American theatre and for Austin audiences.


Austin Creative AllianceShrewd Productions is a sponsored project of the Austin Creative Alliance.
This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. 
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