Alamo Aftermath: A Texas Revolution Operetta
Coming to City Theatre, Austin, Texas. November 7th – 16th, 2013.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 PM.
After the Alamo fell, the Texas army under Sam Houston retreated, leaving behind charred settlements and a mob of evacuating civilians. Heroes and villains of every background emerged in this “Runaway Scrape,” ending the battle with a victory for Texas at San Jacinto. Crank Collective, under the direction of John Cecil, tells this incredible story in a one-hour operetta featuring drama, comedy, battle scenes and music with a live band.
Second of three in a series of Texas History Musicals, the production follows Tejano patriot José Antonio Menchaca from besieged San Antonio to East Texas, where he becomes embroiled in the war’s final battle. Fighting alongside him are the Barnaby brothers, reluctant soldiers who fled scandal in Georgia to claim cheap land in Texas. Based partly on Menchaca’s memoir and historical documents, the all-ages production of Alamo Aftermath tells of love of country, lust for land and the birth of the nation of Texas.
* Runs Thursday, Friday, Saturday for two weeks.
Recently, from the Crank Collective Texas History Series:
Cabeza de Vaca: Shipwrecked in Texas
WHEN: 8 pm, April 2013
WHERE: Rollins Studio Theatre at the Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W Riverside
AUSTIN, Texas—As the first of two Texas history operettas, Crank Collective presents Cabeza de Vaca: Shipwrecked in Texas— a musical tribute to the extraordinary journey of Cabeza de Vaca, the 16th century Spanish Explorer who shipwrecked on Galveston island in 1527 and struggled to survive in a Native American land. Cabeza de Vaca survived as a slave, a trader and a medicine man, lived on cactus, roots and raw meat, and mysteriously learned to heal the sick and raise the dead. Director John Cecil and Crank Collective have transformed his story into an enchanting, even light-hearted rock musical expedition for Crank’s Long Center debut. This all-ages production follows last year’s Antarctica and Drone (2011).
Crank Collective is a sponsored project of Austin Creative Alliance. This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division.