ZACH Theater has announced the return to full-capacity live theater with five Mainstage productions as well as the family series and a holiday add-on as part of the 2021-22 season. Three productions include the ZACH360 Experience, ZACH’s new artistic initiative to create dynamic theatrical experiences that are immersive, eye-opening and fun. The actors engage the audience in the storytelling, as ZACH takes a new approach to familiar work.
The Mainstage series includes: In the woods, Stephen SondheimThe Tony Award-winning musical was brought to life outdoors in People’s Plaza using ZACH’s architecture and natural surroundings in surprising ways as part of the ZACH360 experience; the pro wrestling spectacle will come to life in the Topfer with the Austin premiere of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity; another ZACH360 experience will bring the ultimate party to ZACH with the regional premiere of the interactive musical Reunion ’85; a ZACH360 reimagined look at Tony, Grammy and the Oscar-winning musical The Sound of Music by Rodgers and Hammerstein; and the regional premiere of The Inheritance, nominated for eleven Tony Awards 2021 and winner of four Olivier Awards in London.
“We feel fortunate to have kept ZACH creating and producing, and employed artists, during the pandemic with our Songs Under the Stars concert series. The gift of this era is the addition of a large performance hall to our mix of intimate spaces, “said Artistic Director of Production Dave steakley. “We’re excited to kick off the new season with our inclusive and environmental production of Into the Woods in a way audiences have never experienced at ZACH. Then, with A Christmas Carol, we reopen the Topfer to welcome again our home town for Austin’s beloved holiday tradition. Being side by side to share the laughs, gasps and tears will be the balm we all need. Professional wrestling mania kindles our hearts. new year in The Elaborate Entrance of Chad premiere of Reunion ’85, The Sound of Music intimate and heartfelt, and the honor of being one of the first regional theaters to produce the remarkable and award-winning Broadway play, The Inheritance! “
The ZACH Moody Foundation Family Series includes not only The Sound of Music by Rodgers + Hammerstein, but also the return of Allen Robertson’s original musical Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch, and the latest version of the Dr. Seuss favorite of The National Theater from Great Britain, Dr. Seussis the cat in the hat.
Single tickets will go on sale in August. Customers can visit http://zachheatre.org/2021-22-season/ to sign up for sale date announcements. Current subscribers can renew now.
IN THE WOODS
September 29 – November 7, 2021 | ZACH360 on the People’s Square in ZACH
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book before Jacques Lapine
Originally produced on Broadway by Jacques Lapine
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Directed by Dave steakley | Musical direction by Allen Robertson | Costume Design by Bobby Moffett | Video design by Stéphanie Busing | Stage design by Sandra Lopez | Lighting design by Austin Brown | Sound design by Craig Brock
Stephen SondheimThe fairy-tale masterpiece is played outside in the People’s Plaza in ZACH in a contemporary and reimagined interpretation, using architecture and landscaping as a backdrop. The plaza will transform into woods and envelop the audience as Rapunzel lets go of her hair from the Topfer Balcony, Cinderella loses her slipper on the stairs, and the milky white cow sculpture moans to life with Jack and her Beanstalk. All of the Giants wrestled in 2020 are here too, but with the assurance that “No one is alone” and that there is light to come.
THE ELABORATED ENTRY OF TCHAD DIETY
February 16 – March 6, 2022 | The Toper at ZACH
Written by Kristoffer Diaz
The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity is a comedy-drama that follows the life of wrestler Macedonio Guerra. As a longtime fan, he has followed the struggle to become a “jobber”, one who gets paid to lose to bigger stars in the ring. Macedonio meets Vigneshwar Paduar, a young Indian from Brooklyn, with whom he wishes to team up. The leaders of the struggle go there but present them as “terrorists” in the ring. Macedonio and Vigneshwar find a way to push the boundaries of the characters and say what needs to be said. Unspoken racism, politics and courage are all woven into this piece that leaves everything on the carpet.
THE MEETING ’85
April 13 – May 8, 2022 | ZACH360 in The Topfer at ZACH
Conceived by Susan draus
Written by Sarah goeke
Directed by Dave steakley | Musical direction by Allen Robertson | Choreography by Courtney Wissinger Eiland | Stage and video design by Stephanie Busing | Lighting design by Sarah maines Costume Design by Brandon McWilliams
We have the rhythm! It’s YOUR 1985 class reunion. Celebrate when we lived in a material world of scrunchies, epaulettes and parachute pants. Reunion ’85 is a fully immersive concert experience that begins when the reunion committee greets you with your badge and new identity. Whether it’s Pretty in Pink or Risky Business, Preppy or New Wave, find out who you were back then. Take a cold and funky medina, listen to the live band that rock the 80s hits and party the night away with the class of 1985. It’s the time of your life!
THE SOUND OF MUSIC
June 15 – July 24, 2022 | ZACH360 in The Topfer at ZACH
Music by Richard rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein III
Howard Lindsey book and Russel crouse
The hills come alive in this intimate and heartfelt reimagining of the beloved musical classic bringing the Von Trapp family to life in a ZACH360 experience where the Topfer transforms into a bustling beer garden. Maria’s sunny nature and passion for music bring joy and laughter back to the Von Trapp family, and melt the captain’s icy heart. Your minds will soar to the Tony, Grammy and Oscar winning sheet music including “My Favorite Things”, “Do-Re-Mi”, “Climb Every Mountain” and, of course, the title song. Love triumphs and the light prevails over the darkest times.
THE LEGACY: PART 1
August 10 – September 4, 2022 | ZACH Whistle Hunting
Written by Matthieu lopez
In contemporary Manhattan, Eric and Toby are in their 30s and appear to be very much in love and prosperous. But on the eve of their engagement, they meet an older man haunted by the past and a younger man hungry for the future. Chance encounters lead to surprising choices as the lives of three generations intertwine and collide with explosive results.
Brilliantly revisiting EM Forster’s masterpiece Howards End to 21st-century New York, THE INHERITANCE asks how much we owe to those who have lived and loved before us, questions the role we must play for generations futures and challenges us to hang on fearlessly wild ride called life.
Note: The Legacy is told in two parts. ZACH Season 2021-22 ends with Part 1, immediately leading up to Part 2 as the opening of ZACH Season 2022-23.
MOODY FOUNDATION FAMILY SERIES:
SOMEONE LOVES YOU, MR HOLY
March 29 – May 13, 2022 | Whisen Hunting at ZACH
Allen Robertson Book and Music
From the book by Eileen Spinelli
Stage direction and musical direction by Allen Robertson
From the Emmy®-winning creator of PBS hit “The Biscuit Brothers”, Rob1n and Tortoise and Hare comes a new musical based on the beloved children’s book. Mr. Hatch is a lonely man leading a ho-hum life, until one Valentine’s Day he receives a note that says “Someone Loves You” … and everything changes. With a contemporary score and playful interaction with the audience, Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch is a heartwarming, funny story celebrating friendship, acceptance and self-esteem that will delight all ages.
Dr. SeussIT’S THE CAT IN THE HAT
January 25 – March 27, 2022 | The Kleberg at ZACH
From the book by Dr. Seuss
Part originally produced by The National Theater from Great Britain
Directed by Nat Miller
Everyone’s Favorite Cat Takes a Playful Life in the ZACH Theater Production of Dr. Seuss classic. Sally and her brother are stuck at home in the rain, when a cat comes knocking on the window! But the Cat has brought some friends, Thing One and Thing Two, who are doing mess and trouble and oh, what to do ?! Malice, chaos and laughter galore, bring the children, they will ask for more!
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
November 17, 2021 – January 2, 2022 | Topfer at ZACH
Through Charles Dickens
Designed and adapted by Dave steakley
Directed by Dave steakley | Musical direction by Allen Robertson | Choreography by Jennifer Young & Christina Torres | Stage design by Bob Lavalee | Costume design by Susan branch Towne Lighting Design by Sarah maines
After a year and a half, Austin’s hottest vacation tradition is BACK, with all new music and surprises for the season. ZACH’s singular adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is a musical sleigh ride through rhythm and time, infusing traditional Victorian history with a score that spans all genres and eras. This family show creates an infectious spirit that gets everyone dancing in the aisles. Celebrate the season with the loving Cratchit family and three moving ghosts as they take Ebenezer Scrooge on a ride to rediscover his heart and love for human kindness.
SUBSCRIPTIONS AND TICKETS:
The Mainstage 2021-22 series is currently on sale to renewing subscribers only. The Mainstage 2021-22 five-show subscription includes Into the Woods, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Diety, Reunion ’85, The Sound of Music, and The Inheritance: Part 1.
Current subscribers can renew using the unique email they received or contact the box office at 512-476-0541 x2 with any questions. ACT ONE subscribers can renew their 4-show package now, but there will be no pre-show cocktail this season. The renewal deadline for current subscribers is August 10. Single tickets will go on sale to the general public in mid-August. For more information, visit zachtheatre.org.
The shows will be at full capacity. ZACH requests that unvaccinated adults be masked indoors – otherwise, masks are not needed. Find more information on security, procedures and updated cancellation notices at zachheatre.org/healthandsafety.