EASY Theatre

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

New Works 

Quality Theatre Education

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  • 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. 
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100 productions in 49 venues (including 31 world premières and one Texas première) 
since 1999

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  Engela Edwards

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DULA! - WORLD PREMIERE
October 2 - 11, 2016

  Book by Paul Elliott
  Music by Jeanie Cunningham
  Lyrics by Paul Elliott and Jeanie Cunningham


Dula! is the musical director Engela Edwards chose to be a her choice as winner of the 2014 TNT POPs, and since Engela has moved to Hawaii, OhLook Performing Arts Center of Grapevine, Texas has been selected to give the production it's World Premiere!

From Engela Edwards:
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 back stories 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.  You should see this new American musical.  You can here the music performed by Jeanie Chunningham here.  I couldn't be happier for Jeanie and Paul.
 
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                              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.

If you're looking for information about the Aloha Theatre Teens on the Big Island of Hawaii, look here.


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News:

EASY Theatre's Executive Director, Engela Edwards, has moved to Captain Cook, Hawaii to run a Kona True a Kona coffee farm and ag tourism business.  She has been a gift to our community and will be dearly missed.  But we know that there is no way that she will be able to stay away from teaching and directing for long. 

Engela said, "We love it here, but we miss you all, so come visit us on the Big Island, and Rachel, Bill and I will take you to the best snorkeling and we'll share the best coffee."

But until then if you are missing Engela, you can...

Engela is the advisor for the Aloha Teen Theatre a part of the Aloha Performing Arts Company.  She is a part-time teacher at Ho'okena Elementary school, and still doing what she can from afar for EASY Theatre.

EASY Theatre:  Texas classes and touring have temporarily been suspended until her replacement has been found.

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


Congratulations to Engela Edwards
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.
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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.



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