Performance Photos by Kirk R. Tuck: ONCE, Zach Theatre, September 19 - October 28, 2019

(Performance photos by Kirk R. Tuck)

Speaking to Austin's live music roots, ZACH's Topfer lobby has been transformed into an Irish pub, creating an immersive experience from start to finish for the musical ONCE.

With direction by Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley, Musical Direction by Allen Robertson, Scenic Design by Broadway designer Donald Eastman, music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, and book by Enda Walsh, audiences will fall for this unexpected romance that features a talented ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments on stage.  

Based on the 2007 Academy Award®-winning film, Once is an enchanting, modern love story about the complexities of relationships and the power of music to connect us all. Once tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music. Their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs they create together.  Winner of 8 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, this unique theatrical experience, with breathtaking melodies by Glen Hansard of the Irish band The Frames, will have you falling in love from the very first note. 

Most recently seen as Johnny Cash in last summer’s hit Million Dollar Quartet, CORBIN MAYER returns to ZACH Theatre in the role of Guy.  Additional casting includes OLIVIA NICE as Girl; BEN HULAN as Billy; SCOTTY ROBERTS as Da; CHRISTABEL LIN as Ex-Girlfriend; BEAU MOORE as Andrej; GINNA DOYLE as Reza; JOHNNY NEWCOMB as Svec; CAMI ALYS as Baruska; ANYA GIBIAN as Bank Manager; and LUKE LINSTEADT as Emcee/Eamon. 

Directed by DAVE STEAKLEY, the production team also includes ALLEN ROBERTSON as Musical Director, CASSIE ABATE as Choreographer,DONALD EASTMAN as Scenic Designer, SUSAN BRANCH TOWNE as Costume Designer, SERRET JENSEN as Hair and Makeup Designer, SARAH MAINES as Lighting Designer with CRAIG BROCK as Sound Designer, SCOTT GROH as Properties Designer, and CATHERINE ANNE TUCKER as Stage Manager.

Age Recommendation: 10 and up for language



Corbin Mayer – Guy

Olivia Nice – Girl

Ben Hulan – Billy

Scotty Roberts – Da

Christabel Lin – Ex-Girlfriend

Beau Moore – Andrej

Ginna Doyle – Reza

Johnny Newcomb – Svec

Cami Alys – Baruska

Anya Gibian – Bank Manager

Luke Linsteadt – Emcee/Eamon



Dave Steakley – Director 

Allen Robertson – Music Director

Cassie Abate – Choreographer

Donald Eastman – Scenic Designer

Susan Branch Towne– Costume Designer

Serret Jensen – Hair and Makeup Designer

Sarah Maines – Lighting Designer

Craig Brock – Sound Designer

Scott Groh – Properties Designer

Catherine Anne Tucker – Stage Manager

Megan Smith – Assistant Stage Manager

Diane Irwin – Assistant to the Director

by Enda Walsh, Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová
Zach Theatre

September 19 - October 28, 2018
Zach Theatre
1510 Toomey Road
Austin, TX, 78704

Performances begin September 19, 2018, and the production closes on October 28, 2018, with six shows per week:  Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sundays at 2:30 pm. 

Run time: Two hours and 40 minutes including one intermission

Special Events in celebration of Once

  • Pride Night – Thursday, September 20, 2018
  • Wednesday Post-Show Discussion – Wednesday, September 26, 2018
  • ASL Interpreted, Open Captioned, and Audio Described – Wednesday, September 26, 2018
  • Champagne Opening – Thursday, September 27, 2018


Tickets start at $25 and are available online at, by phone at 512-476-0541, or in person at the ZACH Theatre Box Office, in the Topfer Theatre, 202 South Lamar Boulevard (corner of Riverside Drive and South Lamar) Monday through Saturday12–5p.m.  ZACH Theatre is wheelchair accessible.  Discounts are available for groups of 8 or more. Student Rush Tickets are $20 one hour before show time (with valid ID).

Bobbi and Mort Topfer are Presenting Sponsors of Once with Annette Renaud as Executive Producer and KMFA as a Supporting Sponsor.