July 18-August 3, Dougherty Arts Center:
William Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well!
Tickets available here!
Trailer shot by Robert Moncrieff
7 Towers takes on Shakespeare’s supremely dark comedy, asking audiences to question their beliefs about love, war, honor, gender roles, and personal responsibility.
Set in 1918 France, the production will take up the legacy of WWI–begun 100 years ago this year–and the wartime relationship between love and honor
Directed by Christina Gutierrez
Set Design: Chris Hejl
Costume Design: Stephanie Dunbar
Lighting Design: Amy Lewis
Sound Design: David Boss
David Boss (Parolles)
Stephen Price (King of France)
Suzanne Balling (Countess)
Sara Cormier (Helena)
Travis Bedard (LaFew)
Trace Pope (Bertram)
Sam Mercer (Lavach)
Robert Stevens (Duke of Florence, 1st Soldier)
Steve Cook (1st Soldier. 1st Lord)
Heath Thompson (2nd soldier, 2nd Lord)
Leanna Holmquist (Widow)
Laura Artesi (Diana)
Emily Rankin (Steward)
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 welcomed its first core acting company, consisting of company veterans Aaron Black, Suzanne Balling, Travis Bedard, David Boss, Sara Cormier, and Stephen Price
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.