Agent Andromeda: The Orion Crusade
by Sky Candy

Sep. 09 - Sep. 24, 2016

(poster: Sky Candy)

Sex-positive sci-fi circus show to feature aerial acrobats, burlesque artists, live music


Sky Candy and director Rudy Ramirez are thrilled to announce their collaboration on Agent Andromeda: The Orion Crusade, a sex-positive sci-fi romp through the stars, running September 9 - 24, 2016, in a galaxy far far away…. somewhere in East Austin.


“Sky Candy and I started talking about how much we loved Barbarella and how well a story like that would work with aerials back when we were rehearsing Cosmicomics- I wanted to build from the campy sexiness of Barbarella and make something that spoke to what we think and feel and fear and love about sexuality today.  We've gone beyond Barbarella to borrow from and parody everything from Star Wars and Mad Max to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Underneath it all, though, there's a beautiful, beating heart that my playwriting soulmate Reina Hardy has crafted from our discussions, about how people--particularly young women--often come into their sexuality with very little guidance and a whole lot of awkwardness. I really could not be more excited for this. This show feels like everything I have loved for most of my life in this glorious, sparkly jumble.“


Get ready to meet the smartest, bravest, Hottie McHottiest intergalactic super-heroine ever to pull a laser cannon out of a silver mini-dress: AGENT ANDROMEDA! Will she find The Overflowing Chalice, defeat the Dark Queen and still have time to teach two Junior Agents how to flirt with people at parties? Find out this September, when director Rudy Ramirez (Cosmicomics, Changelings), playwright Reina Hardy (Changelings, Stars and Barmen) and the out-of-this-world acrobats of Sky Candy bring you this three dimensional sci-fi comedy about a fifth dimensional femme and her sex-positive adventures beyond the stars!


 Ginger Snaps, Shannon Grounds, Caroline Poe, Julie Cullen, Micah Gause, Joanna Wright, Julie Moore (photo via Reina Hardy)


Agent Andromeda: The Orion Crusade is the latest collaboration between director Rudy Ramirez and East Austin aerial and circus company Sky Candy, both B. Iden Payne award-winners, who previously brought to life Italo Calvino’s short stories about life in the early universe, Cosmicomics. They have brought on internationally produced playwright Reina Hardy to write the script based on ensemble workshops, while local musician Tyler Mabry will contribute all-new original songs, performed live by singer Jennifer Coy. The design team will include recent Austin Critics’ Table winner for Lighting Design Patrick Anthony, UT MFA Costume Designer E.L. Hohn, Makeup, Hair, & Wig design by the award-winning Blood & Glitter Makeup and, returning to Austin for the first time, acclaimed set designer Ia Enstera.


The cast features Caroline Poe as Agent Andromeda, Ginger Snaps, Andy Agne, Chris Humphrey, Jackie Stone, Julie Cullen, Julie Moore, Lacy Alana, Helios, Shannon Grounds, Lola LeStrange, Micah Gause, and Tango Beauthwaise.


About Sky Candy

Sky Candy is proud to be East Austin’s own Aerial and Circus Arts Studio, and their mission is to share their love of aerial and circus arts with Austin, TX. The Sky Candy Studio offers year-round classes in Silks, Lyra, Static Trapeze and more, as well as summer camps, private parties, and workshops for Austinites of all ages and abilities. Since 2010, Sky Candy has delighted Austin audiences with their innovative circus theater productions, aerial and circus entertainment for private events, and interactive “upside down photo booth”, featured at events such as the East Austin Studio Tour and Austin Maker Faire. For more information, visit


About Rudy Ramirez

Rudy Ramirez is a director, writer, performer and teaching artist specializing in the development of new work. Most recently, his world premiere production of Gabriel Jason Dean’s Terminus was named Best Production of a Drama by the Austin Critics’ Table. He has received three B. Iden Payne Awards for Outstanding Direction (Sing Muse: Direction of Music Theatre, 2013; Qualities of Starlight: Direction of a Comedy, 2013; The Physicists: Direction of Theatre for Youth, 2011), and was nominated for his previous collaboration with Sky Candy, Cosmicomics, in 2014. He was a finalist for the 2015 NNPN National Director’s Fellowship and currently serves as Associate Artistic Director for The VORTEX Repertory Company. He has also directed for the Austin Bike Zoo, Shrewd Productions, TeatroVivo and the University of Texas at Austin. This is his second collaboration with Sky Candy and his fourth with Reina Hardy, for whom he has directed world premiere productions of Stars and Barmen (The VORTEX, 2013) and Changelings (The VORTEX, 2015) as well as a workshop of Fanatical, her musical co-written with Matt Board (American Demigods, 2014). 





Agent Andromeda: The Orion Crusade
by Reina Hardy with Sky Candy Ensemble and director Rudy Ramirez
Sky Candy

September 09 - September 24, 2016
Sky Candy Aerial Studio
Govalle Shopping Center
507 Calles Street Suite #117
Austin, TX, 78702

Performances will be held at 8 pm on...

Friday 9/9/2016

Saturday 9/10/2016

Sunday 9/11/2016

Thursday 9/15/2016

Friday 9/16/2016

Saturday 9/17/2016

Sunday 9/18/2016

Monday 9/19/2016

Thursday 9/22/2016

Friday 9/23/2016

Saturday 9/24/2016


Tickets are available on-line at BuyPlayTix (click to go to the ticketing page).

Location of performance will be revealed upon ticket purchase.

We have four price levels for all performances:

Early Bird - LIMITED - $18, Floor Seat - $23, Reserved Seat - $28, VIP - $48. Senior and Student tickets for $18 available at the door with valid ID.


This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.