Enhanced Reading of
Written by Katie Bender
Directed by Rudy Ramirez
Choreography by Abel Coelho
March 2, 9 at 2:00 p.m.
The presentation of Still Now is FREE. Tickets will be distributed beginning one hour prior to curtain at the Lab Theatre Box Office.
About the play
After witnessing the fall of the twin towers, Annie heads to Japan to study Butoh, looking for a dance form that expresses the destruction she can’t comprehend. Ten years later, Annie is diagnosed with stage four cancer and returns to Butoh to prepare for her final dance. Still Now confronts us with the accelerated motion of a woman learning and losing her body, accompanied by the doctors, teachers, friends and lovers that become her partners in movement, to ask the question: what can our bodies teach us that our minds cannot fathom?
About the playwright
Katie Bender is a playwright, performer and third-year M.F.A. candidate in playwriting at UT Austin. Her plays are irreverent, fun and magical, exploring characters and worlds at the edge of what is possible. Her new play The Fault premiered at the UT Oscar G. Brockett Theatre in the fall of 2013. Slip River, which she co-created won the Austin Critics’ Table Award for Best Comedy of 2013. She was a second round finalist for the Austin Film Festivals 2012 screenplay competition for the screenplay Joint Venture.
Katie is a founding member of Underbelly - a theatre collaborative that stages immersive journey plays in forgotten spaces, riffing on American classics.
As a performer Katie recently appeared in the regional premiere of Lisa D’Amour’s The Cataract, for which she received a B. Iden Payne nomination for outstanding featured actress, and the world premiere of Tom Horan’s Static at UT.
The University requires all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to pay for parking on campus. Please be aware when you come to a performance that UT parking has changed and new signage has been posted in regards to the changes. All parking on campus – both ADA and non-ADA requires a permit or payment of fees – this does include the ADA on Robert Dedman Drive. Patrons to the Texas Performing Arts complex are encouraged to park in university parking garages or LBJ surface lots. A discounted parking rate of $3 can be purchased on-line at: https://utcofaparking.clickandpark.com/venue. The discounted parking is only available online until 10pm, the day prior to an event. Please read signs carefully.
$12 Event Parking is also available for purchase in person on the day of your event at the entrances to the surrounding surface lots and garages.
About UTNT (UT New Theatre)
Curated by Steven Dietz and Gia Marotta, UTNT (UT New Theatre) presents newly developed work of emerging playwrights from The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance and Michener Center for Writers. Other 2014 UTNT artists include Abe Koogler, William Anderson, David Turkel, Katie Bender, and Briandaniel Oglesby.