Small Steps
by Shrewd Productions

Jul. 21 - Aug. 12, 2023

When Skip Powers realizes that no one will ever love him, he volunteers to go to Mars -- and the Principal of NASA says, "Yeah, sure. You'll do." Skip isn’t close to his family, hasn’t had ANY luck with dating, and isn’t interested in participating in the gene pool – making him the perfect candidate for NASA to send millions of miles on a solo mission from which he will, likely, never return. After disheartening experiences on gay hookup apps, he's more than prepared for training with the Abstinence Coach -- but a little less prepared when the Love of His Life tries to keep him on earth.

This play about what it means to attempt to live your life in the pursuit of great things spans a million years and fifty-five million miles. Small Steps deals with the themes of isolation and loneliness in our modern world, and the search for connection. It's particularly resonant now as we all cope with these issues in a Covid-dominated world, and is the perfect vehicle to address the trials, tribulations, and bravery involved when being alone isn't a choice.

Directed by Braxton Rae. 

Review by Bob Abelman for the Austin Chronicle, July 25, 2023

Review by Lynn Beaver for Austin Broaway World, August 3, 2023

Review by Ryan E. Johnson,, August 9, 2023

About the Playwright


Briandaniel is a mixed-Latino LGBT playwright based out of Austin and Sacramento. He writes plays for both teens and mature audiences. His play Small Steps was developed at the JAW Festival and Playwrights' Week at the Lark. His play Halfway, Nebraska was developed at Playwrights’ Week at the Lark, and went on to win the award for Outstanding Playwriting from the New York International Fringe Festival. His play She Gets Naked in the End received the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Latinidad Award, and he is a three-time National Finalist for the festival for his short work. He frequently develops his plays-for-teens with a group of teenagers, using devising techniques and kinesthetic dramaturgy. For ten years, he was Literary Manager for Barnyard Theatre, a company he co-founded that produced new work in a historic dirt-floored barn. He has an MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of California at Riverside and a second MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin.


About Shrewd Productions

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

Shrewd has been honored with over 80 nominations and multiple awards from the Austin Critics Table, B. Iden Payne Committee, Broadway World, among others, and inclusion on multiple “Best Of” lists in the Austin Chronicle.  Now in our 17th season, we are proud to be a member of the Austin New Works Theatre Community, building Austin's professional theatre community devoted to the development of original work.

Small Steps
by Briandaniel Oglesby
Shrewd Productions

July 21 - August 12, 2023
Hyde Park Theatre
511 West 43rd Street
Austin, TX, 78751

July 21 - August 12, 2023

Shrewd Productions at Hyde Park Theatre, Austin