UT’s Andrew Hinderaker & Sarah Rasmussen

328642_969665465495_360772558_o(Community Matters) Steven and I joined JoLynn Free, Sharon Watkins and friends for a light supper and drinks with playwright Andrew Hinderaker (pictured) and director Sarah Rasmussen before heading up to UT’s Lab Theatre to see The Kingdom.

It was a staged reading within UT’s annual showcase (UT New Works) presenting new plays from the M.F.A. Playwriting Program. Michael Mitchell, Gable & Dio Cramer & I had recently seen Colossal, which 564180_10151564992584548_1433047532_nblew me away – tight script, compelling story, great directing & choreography, spectacular staging. Last night, Steven and I were equally compelled by the staged reading of Andrew’s The Kingdom.

Obviously in a rough state, it’s already compelling and the characters are living. I can’t wait to see what this play becomes.  (Colossal photo ©2013 David Bjurstrom)

Andrew Hinderaker’s other recent work include the New York premiere of Suicide, Incorporated (Roundabout Theatre) and the world premieres of Dirty (Gift Theatre) and I Am Going to Change the World (Chicago Dramatists). His plays have been produced/developed by the Kennedy Center, Steppenwolf, Manhattan Theatre Club, Rattlestick, Mixed Blood, and numerous others.

Sarah Rasmussen is a recent transplant to Austin, joining UT as the MFA directing professor and Zach Scott as Associate Artistic Director. She’s got an impressive resume of directing, teaching and fellowship credits. It’s a real coup that UT has recruited her here. Brant Pope, Steven Dietz, Suzan Zedder, Kirk Lynn, now joined by Sarah, are rebuilding UT’s Theater & Dance Department in a huge way. Steven and I are thrilled to participate.

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