February 14, 15, 16  and Feb 21, 22, 23  at 8 PM
Dougherty Arts Center Theater

The Show
The Civil War is over, but the fighting rages on in 1870s Texas. In this one-hour musical comedy, a beleaguered army officer stands between an outlaw family and a band of vigilantes, while a wronged woman seeks her own kind of twisted justice.

The Sutton-Taylor feud was the most violent in Texas history, pitting ex-members of the notorious State Police against the Taylor ring (which boasted killer John Wesley Hardin). In this musical comedy based on actual events, an army officer risks his life and reputation to try to bring a lasting peace.

The Feud brings wronged women, drunken soldiers, corrupt lawmen and desperate outlaws

together to sing, dance, ride hard and shoot straight.

About the Sutton-Taylor Feud
After the Civil War, federal troops occupied Texas, while outlaw bands and vigilante groups foughtover land, cattle and water. Blood feuds were common, and the longest and bloodiest was the Sutton-Taylor feud.

The feud began when Buck, Hays and Doboy Taylor were involved in the killing of army soldiers in Mason in 1867. Shortly thereafter, William Sutton, a deputy sheriff, shot two in the Taylor gang as

they were “trying to escape.” A cycle of vengeance killings began.

Farmers and townspeople in around Dewitt County were forced to take sides. Robberies, jailbreaks, ambushes and shoot-outs were frequent. Finally, in the town of Clinton, Texas, a peace treaty between the warring parties was signed.

Cast and Ensemble
The cast features Megan Ortiz, Phil Rodriguez, Kera Blay, Josh Meindertsma, Carl Guthrie and Creighton Moench. The band includes Mikey Walters, John Cecil, Chris La Cava, Jonathan Hoyle, and Paul Klemperer.

February 14, 15, 16  and Feb 21, 22, 23  at 8 PM
Dougherty Arts Center Theater
Ticket Questions: 512-569-6155
About Texas Comedies

More info 512-569-6155 and texshows@gmail.com.  This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

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Recent and Touring Shows

For info and videos about Texas Comedies touring shows, please see www.texascomedies.com

Red Scare

Texans fight back when a Communist threat comes from out-of-state.  Sex educators, pinko folkies and foreign spies are rooted out in this rampaging, red-baiting, 1950s musical farce.  Based on the book, “Red Scare!” by Don Carleton.

 


Prohibition

February 23 – Mar 4th, 2017: Thurs, Fri & Sat at 8 PM
DAC Theater    1110 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, Texas

Set in Austin, Texas on the eve of Prohibition and World War I, this production from Texas Comedies/Crank Collective follows the feud between the “Drys” and the “Wets.”  Features forbidden love, war, Temperancers and a live band.

The newest addition to the “Texas History Musicals” series, following Murders & Moontowers, The True Story of Bonnie and Clyde, and Boomtown, Prohibition explores the true story of the battle in Central Texas over the prohibition of alcohol. This epic struggle involved Temperancers, the Klan, Suffragettes, Doughboys, German-Americans, brewers and poll fixers, and culminated in an era of increased criminality and vice.

The cast features Heath Allyn, Dara Hasenkampf, Kirk Kelso, Josh Meindertsma, Megan Ortiz, Joseph Quintana, Phil Rodriguez and Emily Villarreal.  The band includes Mikey Walters, Chris La Cava, Jonathan Hoyle, John Cecil and Paul Klemperer.


MURDERS & MOONTOWERS

photo by www.johnlangford.com

In the 1880s, Austin was in the grip of crime, corruption and mayhem. Seven women were murdered over the course of one year, overwhelming the fledgling police force. The crime spree led to hysteria, vigilante justice, construction of the “Moontowers,” and now — 130 years later — a musical comedy with live band.

The newest addition to the “Texas History Musicals” series – coming after Crank Collective’s The True Story of Bonnie and Clyde, and BoomtownMurders and Moontowers follows the frantic investigation of the “Servant Girl Annihilator” case. This one-hour musical explores the events that led to a scandal-ridden trial, the electrification of the city and construction of giant, iconic “Moonlight Towers” to illuminate the town. Murders and Moontowers takes an irreverent look at the corrupt detectives, crazed citizenry, and outrageous court case that roiled the capital city 130 years ago.

 


THE TRUE STORY OF BONNIE & CLYDE

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In the ‘30s, the newspapers loved Bonnie and Clyde. Reporters called them everything from bloodthirsty killers to modern-day Robin Hoods. Whether heroes or villains, their iconic images sold millions of newspapers to a fascinated public. The True Story of Bonnie and Clyde explores the mix of fact and fiction in 1930s journalism that landed Bonnie and Clyde on the front pages of national newspapers.

The next installment of the Texas History Musicals, The True Story of Bonnie and Clyde–a one-hour musical created by John Cecil–tells an action-packed tale of crime and passion taken straight from newspaper reports of the 1930s. The production, which features a live band, is based on two Dallas reporters who pursue the story of the Barrow Gang and achieve flickering fame of their own. Hell-bent on selling papers, the two reporters come perilously close to the real Bonnie and Clyde. And, as the title of the opening song states, “Most of This is True.”

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BOOMTOWN

BoomTown logo smallerA rowdy one-hour musical comedy about how Borger, Texas became the most lawless town in America

In the 1920s, wildcat oil strikes, sudden wealth and the 18th heroes, villains, and lawless new townships. The most notorious of these unruly cities was the panhandle town of Borger, Texas–which director John Cecil uses as the setting for his newest musical comedy, Boomtown.

Boomtown follows the life of land promoter Asa “Ace” Borger, who seizes an opportunity to capitalize on oil strikes in the Texas Panhandle. Making a million dollars in a single day selling land, lumber, and political offices, Borger saw the population of his town boom at a staggering rate. With the notorious “Two-Gun” Dick Herwig installed as sheriff, the small city became overrun with dancehalls, bootleg liquor joints, gambling and armed robbery. The city was ultimately pacified with martial law, the Texas Rangers and the National Guard. As the final part of the Texas History Musical series, Boomtown is an hour-long musical comedy with a live band.

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Review in Austin American-Statesman/Austin360.co


 ALAMO AFTERMATH

Alamo Aftermath

City Theatre,  Austin, Texas.  November 7th – 16th, 2013.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 PM.

KUT radio interview on Alamo Aftermath

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.

INTERVIEW ON KUT radio


CABEZA DE VACA

Kristi Brawner and Carl Guthrie in Cabeza de Vaca. Photo by Jody Horton.

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).

 

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Texas Comedies creates musical comedies about famous – and infamous – events in Texas. We’ve done shows about the Texas Revolution, Spanish explorers, Bonnie & Clyde, the border patrol, and oil boomtowns. We’re always looking for new ideas: events in your Texas town or county to turn into an entertaining one-hour show with a live band.

 

 

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