EASY Theatre

EASY Theatre is a 
Touring Company 
based in Austin, Texas
specializing in 

New Works 

Quality Theatre Education

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Theatre is EASY
  • EASY Theatre is doing theatre we love, with people we love, for people we love. 
  • EASY Theatre is an ensemble built upon cooperation and sharing. 
  • EASY Theatre is a home for artists to expand their talents.
  • EASY Theatre seeks actors, directors, writers, producers, technicians, designers, and teachers who work for the love of the craft and the art, and provides them opportunities to learn  through production. 
EASY is Theatre

98 productions in 47 venues (including 31 world premières and one Texas première) 
since 1999

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  Engela Edwards

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Classes at the Bastrop Opera House, for ages 4 through adults. 
New exciting offerings are on their way.

Taught by Engela Edwards.  Engela's resume at:  http://easytheatre.com/engela.html


Two performances in Bastrop, TX - One performance in Boerne, Tx
Moment
includes both
"Melting" by Eddie Zipperer
&
“Cheating Death” by Kamron Klitgaard
Directed by Engela Edwards
Sat. June 7 & Sun. June 8, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.
At the Bastrop Opera House, 711 Spring Street, Bastrop, Tx

Friday, June 1:30 p.m. at Champion High School in Boerne, Texas
During the 19th Annual TNT Youth Theatre Conference

Moment is collection of two heartfelt and humorous one-act plays.  Both are dramatic comedies filled with laughter, bravery, and maybe a tear.  It is a moment in time, a moment of choice, a moment of acceptance, a "moment of revelation" and "a true moment of no regret." Life is filled with such moments.  Some moments change your life.  Some lives change your moments. 

In “Melting” we meet two snowmen and listen in on their discussion on life.  In “Cheating Death” a group of hospital patients gather for their meeting.  Someone claiming to be Death appears, and the groupshare their stories and invites Death to tell her stories also. 

Eddie Zipperer’s “Melting” was first produced at the Obsidian Art Space in Houston, TX and has since been performed in Hollywood, Seoul, Korea and theaters in between.  “Cheating Death” has been performed in the US, Canada, and Australia. 

These young but experience performer have collectively been in well over 100 shows and hundreds of performances, performing for 1000s of people.  These talented actors come from the central Texas area and auditioned for their roles in March.  There are two actors from Bastrop, one from Round Rock, one from Cedar Creek, and three from Austin. 

The shows are rated G.

The cast:
Rachel Edwards
Ariana Billett
Thomas Scruggs
Tamara Billett
Cory Billett
Marlena Hoffman
Danielle Huber

  • Director, Sound & Light Tech & Design: Engela Edwards
  • Costumes:  The cast, & Engela Edwards
  • Crew:  Christine Huber, Sarah Hoffman, Carla Scruggs, Michelle Billett, Engela Edwards
Special thanks to: Eddie Zipperer, The Bastrop Opera House, Chester Eitze, The city of Bastrop, cast parents, the audience, volunteers, and our families.

Melting produced with special permission of the author.
Cheating Death Produced by special arrangements with Pioneer Drama Inc., Englewood, Colorado
General Admission Tickets are $5 here or at the door.  Box office opens 30 minutes before show time.
VIP Reserved Seating Tickets are $10 and only available on line.
Purchase Online Tickets
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Cast.
Top: Thomas Scruggs, Ariana Billett, Rachel Edwards, and Tamara Billett
Bottom: Marlena Hoffman, Danielle Huber, and Corrigun Billett

Moment is the 13 show director Engela Edwards has proudly taken to Texas Nonprofit Theatres Annual Youth Conference.  This year it is being held in Boerne, Texas, where the company will perform alongside 15 other youth companies from around Texas.  They are:

  • A.C.E. Youth Theatre Company from The Actors Conservatory, Lewisville 
  • ArtsView Players from ArtsView Children's Theatre, Longview 
  • BCT Teen Troupe of Boerne Community Theatre, Boerne 
  • BLTeens of Baytown Little Theater, Baytown 
  • ImprovED Shakespeare Co., Austin 
  • The Inner Circle of Circle Arts Theatre, New Braunfels 
  • Inspiration Stage, Sugar Land 
  • Junior Art Park Players of Art Park Players, Deer Park 
  • The Kaleidoscope Company of Permian Playhouse, Odessa 
  • Knights of the Round Theatre, Tyler Civic Theatre, Tyler 
  • MorningStars, Inc., Mineola 
  • McKinney Repertory Theatre Young Actors Guild, McKinney 
  • OCO of Ohlook Performing Arts Center, Grapevine 
  • E.L.F.S. Touring Troupe of S.T.A.G.E., Inc., Bulverde 
  • YOUTH of Brazos Valley TROUPE, Bryan-College Station. 
Note from the director:
Everyone working on "Moment" has volunteered their time and efforts.  Yet it will still cost over $4000 for the youth company to perform at the Texas Nonprofit Theatres Youth conference this year.  Our ticket sells will help offset only a tiny portion of the cost.

If you'd like to help support a specific actor you may purchase VIP tickets with their name.  You'll receive priority reserved seating to the Bastrop Opera House performance.  Half the money goes to the company expenses like royalties and entrance fees, and the other half helps defray the company travel costs of lodging and transportation; so that we can perform this work at the Texas Non-Profit Theater's Youth Theater Conference in Boerne, Texas June 10-15, 2014.

Please consider becoming a 2014 TNT Youth Company sponsor!

2013 performers at the Globe Theater, Odesa, Texas Photo by Linda Lee
2013 Conference Performers and Directors
At the Globe Theater, Odessa, Texas

Links
Links to Engela's 12 prior Youth Conference Shows



A winner of the 2014 TNT POPS
Dula
book by Paul Elliott
with music by Jeanie Cunningham
Directed by Engela Edwards
Premiere Date:  2015 Date to be decided.

The moving story of a southern town, immediately after the Civil War.

The TNT POPs Festival had 90 entries that were read by 2-rounds of readers. 
Then 4 directors from around Texas chose from the top-10 scripts for inclusion into their season.

Engela Edwards chose Dula for a 2015 EASY Theatre production.

From the director Englea Edwards about the musical:  Dula is the sincere story of a small southern town immediately after the civil war, and although historically placed in time, there is a modern feel to the writing.  It could easily be the story of a Texas boy coming home after a war.  The truth, as it relates to the individuals in the story, doesn’t matter; because it is an honest story about war.  It is this universality of time and space that drew me to the script. 

Every role is a good one, with lines actors will want to say.  Elliot is able to achieve this with an economy of words, where full backstories turn on a single word.  Dula’s main character is the town.  It is populated with well-rounded people.  In life, every person is the hero of their story, and it is a rare author who can accomplish the same within the time limitation imposed on a stage production. 

Paul Elliot expertly holds the tensions, and packs a lot of emotional variety into this musical.  For almost every trough in which he submerges us, he brings us back with a lightness, a laugh, and a hope that things will get better.  I was attracted to the skill and maturity of his writing and his ability to manipulate emotions, without making us feel manipulate.  He is adept in his use of metaphor without being heavy handed.

I loved the script before I heard the music.  Elliot and Cunningham’s lyrics are poetry.  Cunningham's music is powerful, touching, and sweet.  Many beautiful songs, that easily stand on their own, become heartbreaking in the context of the story.  I look forward to producing this new American musical, and thank TNT POPs for bringing it to my attention.

http://www.texastheatres.org/conferences/Conf14/ConfProg14.pdf
 
 

Paul Elliott Paul Elliott, the head of the Fierce Backbone Writer's Unit in Hollywood, is a respected novelist, television writer and published playwright. His "Ledge, Ledger and the Legend" was recently honored as one of the 25 most highly produced one act plays in America. His latest comedy, Exit Laughing, a 2013 AACTNewPlayFest winner, just broke all house records for a non-musical at the historic Landers Theater in Springfield, MO and is now scheduled to open in New York. His award-winning drama, "Finding the Burnett Heart," which premiered during the 50th season of the Detroit Repertory Theatre, is now being performed coast to coast, and always garners rave reviews from critics and audience alike.
Jeanie Cunningham Jeanie Cunningham's music has been heard worldwide as part of several high-profile product campaigns. Mitsubishi, Epson, Yamaha, Toshiba, and Chevron are among the many companies that have recruited Jeanie's musical talents. Jeanie's first calling however, is to her own original music as a singer/songwriter/performer. She continues to move forward in her musical pursuits with the new musical, DULA, for which she wrote 23 songs. Her most recent accomplishment has been to create the Steinway Society's "Ukes In Schools" program-devoted to bringing musical instruments and education to underprivileged elementary students in the Coachella Valley of California.



Engela Edwaards was awarded the TNT Dynamite Award 2014 given to an individual or organization that has contributed 
significantly to theatre in Texas and for her contributions to Youth Theatre in Texas.


Past shows.

Winners of the Texas Nonprofit Theatre's Blooming Briefs: Fruit of the Plume Ten Minute Play Contest!
The winning plays were presented at the Texas Nonprofit Theatre's conference 
at the Texas Civic Theatre Center in Tyler on Saturday, March 17, 2012

Engela Edwards
Engela Edwards 
Bastrop
In Texas It's a Yellow Rose
Elaine Liner
Photo by Mark Oristano
Elaine Liner 
Dallas
Dozens
Joan Anderson and Dorothy Sanders
Joan Anderson and Dorothy Sanders 
Fort Worth
Horsing Around Cowtown
Carl Williams
Carl Williams 
Houston
Crossing the Bridge
About the winners here:  http://www.texastheatres.org/conferences/BBWinners2012.shtml

"A new year is like a script with blank pages.
We hope you write your best year yet!"
Engela Edwards


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EASY Theatre's touring company produces
  • adult and children's plays
  • exciting workshops
  • weekly classes for adults and children
  • Custom Programs throughout Texas and surrounding states. 
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