House Play
by Salvage Vanguard Theater

Feb. 03, 2018



Salvage Vanguard Theater (SVT) is proud to announce the winter Works Progress Austin (WPA) workshop, House Play by Diana Lynn Small. Two FREE performances of this work-in-progress will run February 3rd at 5:30pm and 7:30pm at the Susanna Dickinson Museum.


Three girls are left for dead in the woods and each takes on a new identity to survive: One becomes a Woman and builds a bungalow, one becomes an Animal and lives naked in a tree, and one becomes a Sybil, prayerful and sly in a lightning-struck holy hole. It doesn’t go well.


HOUSE PLAY is a new play, made to be performed in homes. A dinner, a hospitality ritual, a fable, HOUSE PLAY explores what it means to be an indoor creature in a world made-up of the outdoors. How can we be hospitable to a wilderness of neighbors, strangers and intimate companions? 


First developed at The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep in 2017, HOUSE PLAY is a collaboration with artists based in California, Colorado, Chicago and Austin. HOUSE PLAY will premiere in Austin in the spring of 2019 and then tour nationally, privileging cities and town that do not have traditional theater spaces. 


Launched in 2006, SVT’s Works Progress Austin development series provides playwrights with resources they need to bring their work to life. Works Progress Austin previously featured new works by Adrienne Dawes, Caridad Svich, Dan Dietz, and Diana Lynn Small.


Diana Lynn Small writes, acts, and directs for the stage. She is a Co-Artistic Director of Salvage Vanguard Theater in Austin, TX with Florinda Bryant and Jenny Larson. Diana earned her MFA in playwriting from the Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin. Diana's new play House Play was developed at Berkeley Rep's The Ground Floor in 2017. Mad & a Goat has toured to seven cities since it was developed in 2013. Her play Good Day was selected for the 2015 Great Plains Conference PlayLabs, Kitchen Dog Theatre’s New Works Festival and was a finalist for the 2015 Play Penn Conference.  Diana has worked with paper chairs theatre company in Austin having directed Elizabeth Doss's play Mast and performing/dramaturging Doss's play Poor Herman and sharing the world-premiere of her play Hot Belly with The Syndicate in NYC (The Tank). She is pursuing a Master of Divinity at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.


James Hapke is an artist and designer working in Chicago. He earned an MFA with an emphasis in Printmedia from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He serves as the co-founder of the group SPARKLE CLUB- An Abstract Compass, which looks to the properties and movements of light as models for navigation. Belly, his sculpture for solo listening, was recently shown in Chicago as part of the Sullivan Galleries’ performance show, L-A-S-T-I-N-G: Exploits of Endurance, and Collabo’s Keep In Touch. He is currently working on a constellation of morning and evening choral arrangements of the poems of Robert Lax for solo voice and Deep House.


Heather Johnson wears many hats as an artist in Fort Collins, Colorado. Heather co-owns La De Da Performing Arts and is always rehearsing something in Colorado. Most recently, she assistant directed the Henry Award winning production of August Osage County with OpenStage Theatre. She loves touring with Mad & a Goat, by Diana Lynn Small, to New York, Austin, Santa Barbara, Denver and Portland. She is a founding member of the Comedy Brewers with whom she performs improv comedy. Heather and her co-producers are currently working on producing the 6th annual Fort Collins Fringe Festival for July of 2018. 


Marie Ponce is an actor, teacher and strength coach residing in Southern California. She holds a B.A. in Theatre and English from Westmont College and splits her theatre making between L.A. and Santa Barbara. When not performing or teaching, she co-owns and trains at Westlake Sports Performance & Fitness. Marie has worked with several companies, including: Boxtales Theatre Co., Ground Floor @Berkeley Rep, Chalk Rep, Casa0101, Lit Moon, and Young Actors Ensemble. Favorite roles include: King Richard in Richard III, Ariel in Tempest, and Kayleen in Gruesome Playground Injuries.

Paige Tautz is a performer and theatre maker who lives in Santa Barbara, California. She’s a member of the Lit Moon Theatre Company, with whom she performs annually at the International Bitola Shakespeare Festival. Paige is also an original member of the Santa Bitola Theatre Company, a bilingual collaboration between Lit Moon and the Bitola National Theatre. In 2016, Paige received an SB Independent award for her performance in Mad & a Goat, which has toured to seven cities since 2013. Paige co-co-hosts the late-night variety show, Live From The Piano Kitchen.


House Play
by Diana Lynn Small
Salvage Vanguard Theater

February 03, 2018
Susanna Dickinson Museum
411 E. 5th Street
Austin, TX, 78701


PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: Saturday February 3rd, 2018at 5:30pm and 7:30pm 

PERFORMANCE LOCATION: The Susanna Dickinson Museum/ 411 E Fifth St. 

TICKETS: FREE! Reservations available online at, or by emailing


Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the performance.