ANNOUNCING OUR NEXT SEASON!
The wait is over! Here are the exciting things to look forward to in the next year:
November, 2014: Drunken Shakespeare–a night of verse and cocktails! Join 7 Towers for our version of a Shakespeare open mic. Bring your favorite piece or choose on of ours, and perform after partaking of a drink (or 3).
March 20-21, 2015: An exclusive 2 night only performance of Sarah Kane’s CRAVE, directed by Christina Gutierrez. This haunting piece examines the desires and regrets of four individuals, whose experiences and dialogue flow into each other. Come enjoy this rarely performed exploration of language and the human capacity for growth and suffering.
July-August, 2015: Our mainstage production–Patrick Marber’s CLOSER, directed by our own Amanda Gass!! Examining the distances that spring up between love and desire, CLOSER is the winner of the 1998 Olivier Award for Best Play and the 1999 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Play. Variety calls it “bruising and beautiful, shatteringly funny and devastatingly sad. The play’s dialogue has a raw emotionality rarely heard in art or life. It cuts like broken glass…full of bitter, intelligent, unvarnished truth.”
Both CRAVE and CLOSER will be performed site specifically.
More details to come!
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 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.
7 Towers is a sponsored project of Austin Creative Alliance, a non-profit arts service organization.