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Bear Eats Bear Film & Theater

  • Location Disclosed Upon Purchase of Ticket
  • October 21, 2017 - November 12, 2017
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
  • Phone: 17048077033
  • Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
  • Price: $10-25

groundswell theatre company will present Lydia Blaisdell’s play Bear Eats Bear, co-produced by Rude Mechs as part of their Rude Fusion series, on Saturdays and Sundays between October 21 and November 12, with showings at 3PM and 5PM at a secret location in downtown Austin revealed upon ticket purchase.

Bear Eats Bear is a retro-future audio adventure on a vintage cassette. Directed by Katie Van Winkle, this immersive production invites Austin theatre fans, audiophiles, and hikers to join the Rebellion and discover the fabled Archive of The Before Time in a feral, apocalyptic American wilderness (at an undisclosed location in downtown Austin). This play is Blaisdell’s debut production with Rude Fusion and groundswell. She says, “a crucial catalyst for my writing is the fear that we’ve passed the point of being able to reverse the ecological damage we have wrought. When society burns, what narrative remnants will survive? What tales will we whisper at our campfires?”

After workshops in Austin at the Cassette Tape Festival (alongside Kirk Lynn’s Replacement Tapes), and FronteraFest’s Mi Casa Es Su Teatro, Bear Eats Bear toured to New York, Toronto, Charlotte, and to Minneapolis, where the production earned 5-star reviews and audience accolades: “Absolutely worth it; a little scary, a little funny, a little heartbreaking, and very, very human.” Van Winkle, who has previously directed Blaisdell’s Old Broads and Apocalypse Radio, calls Bear Eats Bear “a hike, a collage, a satire, a desperate plea, and a memorial for the world’s transient and fierce beauty.”

groundswell creates new, homegrown theatre in Austin, Texas. Recent projects include Sarah Saltwick’s Tender Rough Rough Tender (winner of the Austin Critics Table David Mark Cohen New Play Award), Joanna Garner’s Wild Places, and the 2016 groundswell playwrights’ conference. Playwright Lydia Blaisdell (lydiablaisdell.com) is a proud member playwright of the OBIE-winning Youngblood at Ensemble Studio Theater (since 2010) and a recent graduate of the Michener Center for Writers. Her dystopian piece, The Last Great American Bear Hunt, was a finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference (2016). Her historical sex-doll play, The Silent Woman, won the 2015 Kentucky Women Writers Conference Prize and made Honorable Mention on the 2016 Kilroy’s List of best new plays. Director Katie Van Winkle is a Harrington Doctoral Fellow at UT-Austin and the recipient of several Austin Critics Table and B. Iden Payne awards and nominations for performance. The cast includes Katie Dahm, Martinique Duchene-Phillips, and Megan Tabaque.

Tickets are $10-25, sliding scale. Advance reservations are required. For ticket information, see http://www.groundswelltheatre.com/up-next.html . This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

Bear Eats Bear
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  • Location Disclosed Upon Purchase of Ticket
  • $10-25
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday