Performance Photos by Aleks Ortynski: WONDER OF THE WORLD by David Lindsay-Abaire, City Theatre & Beyond August Productions, October 8 - 24, 2021
(photos by Aleks Ortynski )
“Dad, look out for that beaver!” – Cass, Wonder of the World
Wonder of the World is one woman’s outrageous journey that plunges her deep into the unknown. Nothing will prepare you for the dirty little secret Cass discovers in her husband’s sweater drawer. It is so shocking that our heroine has no choice but to flee to the honeymoon capital of the world in a frantic search for the life that’s passed her by. It’s a wild ride over Niagara Falls in a barrel of laughs as she encounters ever more eccentric fellow travelers, including a blithely suicidal alcoholic, a lonely tour-boat captain, a pair of bungling, bickering private detectives, and a strange caper involving a gargantuan jar of peanut butter, all which pushes her perilously close to the water’s edge in a trip she’ll never forget.
The City Theatre and Beyond August Productions kick off the 2021 fall theatre season with David Lindsay-Abaire’s Austin premiere comedy Wonder of the World. It is directed by City Theatre Artistic Director Andy Berkovsky.
“So, even the most unlikely events have to take place somewhere.” – David Lindsay-Abaire
David Lindsay-Abaire is a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, screenwriter, lyricist, and librettist. He has been awarded the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, the Horton Foote Prize, The Edgerton New American Play Award, and has received numerous Tony nominations for his work. His plays include Rabbit Hole, Good People, Wonder of the World, Fuddy Meers, Kimberly Akimbo, High Fidelity, A Devil Inside, and book and lyrics for the Broadway hit Shrek the Musical. In addition to his theatre work, his screen credits include the film adaptation of Rabbit Hole (with Nicole Kidman), Rise of the Guardians, and The Family Fand. He is a New Dramatist graduate, member of the Dramatists Guild Council, and, along with Marsha Norman, he is Co-Director of the Playwrighting Program at the Julliard School.
Cast and Production Team. Production Director Andy Berkovsky leads the show in his 15th year as Artistic Director of the City Theatre Company. He has directed the CTC productions Gross Indecency, Art, August: Osage County, Three Tall Women, Frozen, Rumors, Death of a Salesman, Parallel Lives, Cabaret, Into the Woods, and the B. Iden Payne Outstanding Director Theatre Award nominated Agnes of God, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Boys Next Door, and Love Alone. The production features the knock-out cast of actors Jill Klopp-Turner, Robyn Conner, Patrick Wheeler, Kevin Anderson, Kirk Kelso, Jennifer Gonzalez, and Shannon Embry. Check out the actors on the City Theatre website.
The City Theatre Company is excited to be producing Wonder of the World with the newly-formed Austin theatre company Beyond August Productions. Founded by company members of City Theatre's 2017 production of August: Osage County, the group is co-produced by Jill Klopp -Turner, Shannon Embry, Robyn Conner, and Patrick Wheeler. Beyond August embraces all Austin artists and audiences with the goal of cultivating and nourishing the rich relationships created by theatre and celebrate those who add to the artistic landscape of our whimsical city.
October 07 - October 24, 2021
Black Box Theatre, 4th floor, First Baptist Church
901 Trinity Street
Austin, TX, 78701
October 8 – 24, 2021. Thursdays - Saturdays 8:00 pm. Sundays 3 pm.
Trinity Street Playhouse, 4th floor, 901 Trinity Street. Austin, TX 78701.
Limited seating with all COVID vaccination and testing safety requirements to be followed.
General Seating $15. Center Reserved $20-25. Group and student discounts.