UP NEXT–PATRICK MARBER’S CLOSER
7 Towers continues its 5th season in Austin with Patrick Marber’s intensely personal drama CLOSER, directed by Amanda Gass! July 17-August 2!
Tickets available here!
This exceedingly dark comedy offers us a chance to produce a love story…7 Towers-style.
CLOSER examines the destructive and deceitful relationships of four people in London. Alice, the young stripper, meets Dan, who writes obituaries, after an accident. Dan meets Anna, the photographer, while trying to promote his new book. Larry, the doctor, stumbles upon Dan (pretending to be Anna) in an internet chat room. Larry finds Anna at the aquarium. From there, the four play at loving one another, though they cannot seem to keep their relationships and the boundaries between them straight . Alice loves Dan. Dan loves Alice, but also Anna. Anna loves Larry, but also Dan. Larry loves sex. They switch partners, switch back, and are utterly truthful in the most inconvenient moments about the terrible things they’ve done to one another.
CLOSER is the beautifully crafted, clever, and gut wrenching story of how utterly horrible humans can be to the ones we think we love. The show stars 7 Towers company members and veterans Suzanne Balling, David Boss, Sarah Cormier, and Chris Heji.
Costumes by 7 Towers Resident Producer Katy Billik Hogge. Set Design by 7 Towers Resident Stage Manager Amanda Gass. Projections and Lighting Design by Courtney DeGinder. Sound Design by 7 Towers Core Company Member David Boss. Fight Choreography by 7 Towers Core Company Member Aaron Black.
This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department
More of our 5th Season:
February 23rd, 2015: Drunken Shakespeare–a night of verse and cocktails! Join 7 Towers for our version of a Shakespeare open mic.
March 20-21, 2015: An exclusive 2 night only performance of Sarah Kane’s CRAVE, directed by Christina Gutierrez-Dennehy.
7 Towers began in 2010 as a collaboration between an actor and a dramaturg (later turned director), both interested in the basic relationship between story, performer, and audience. Placing a particular emphasis on organic rehearsal processes and honest storytelling, we value fundamental methods of communication over flashy spectacle. We are committed to the use of research in the creative process, striving for the closest possible representation of life, emotion, and events. In this way, we utilize the spectrum of academic and practical approaches to performance, continually connecting text to human experience. In the rehearsal room, we value improvisation and intellect, allowing actors’ intuitive understanding of self and story to shape both process and product. We thrive on experimentation. Our fundamental vision is of a theatrical process that searches for precise and deep truth, deeper than what the average person, or even the average artist will accept as sufficient.
In August of 2013, 7 Towers under the Artistic Direction of Christina Gutierrez welcomed its first core acting company, consisting of company veterans Aaron Black, Suzanne Balling, Travis Bedard, David Boss, Sara Cormier, and Stephen Price. The company also welcomed Katy Billik Hogge as Resident Producer, and Ben Woods as Marketing Manger. In the summer of 2014, 7 Towers continued to expand by adding Sam Mercer to the core acting company, welcoming Amanda Gass as Resident Stage Manager, and Joe Stephenson as Resident Dramaturg.
7 Towers is a sponsored project of Austin Creative Alliance.
7 Towers is motivated by what Martha Graham describes as a “queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive.” We are dedicated to making theatre that challenges the status quo, both in content and in production style. We seek to produce both new and classic plays that ask exhaustive and probing questions about the society we live in and the function of art within it. We are not interested in asking questions we already know the answers to. We strive to simultaneously grant actors a greater degree of creative freedom in the rehearsal room and to make them more responsible for the product in production. We believe that exploring contemporary experience through direct, honest, and often irreverent storytelling can open live theatre to new and diverse audiences.