Free Reading of Untitled Zombie Musical by Tony Award-Winning Team, June 26

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A new sandwich by Chicken Hutt has hit the market. But there is one small snag. The fast-food restaurant’s customers are turning into zombies.

This is the premise for Tony Award-winning team (2002 Best Original Score and Best Book for a Musical for Urinetown) Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann’s new project, a subversive zombie musical commissioned by True Love Productions.

Free Reading of Untitled Zombie Musical
Book and Lyrics by Greg Kotis
Music and Lyrics by Mark Hollmann

June 26, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
B. Iden Payne Theatre

Tickets: Admission is free. Seating is available first come, first served. It’s recommended that patrons arrive 20 minutes prior to curtain to best ensure seating.

Directions and Parking
The B. Iden Payne Theatre is located in the F. Loren Winship Drama Building on the UT campus. The physical address is 300 E. 23rd Street, Austin, Texas 78712. View a map online.

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.

Attendees may purchase parking in advance at a discounted rate for $3 for the performance online at https://utcofaparking.clickandpark.com/venue. Once online, select “B. Iden Payne Theatre” for venue and then select the performance. The discounted parking is only available online until 10:00 p.m. the day prior to the event.

About Untitled Zombie Musical
In the fall of 2013, Greg Kotis, Mark Hollmann, and director Sean Daniels tapped into the talents of University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance faculty Lyn Koenning and Natasha Davison and their students to workshop the musical. The workshop process has been integrated into this semester’s curriculum, allowing a cast of 26 undergraduate students supported by a team of graduate design students the opportunity to partner with these renowned Broadway artists in the development of the musical.

Kotis and Hollmann are returning to further develop the work in residence at UT as part of the Texas Musical Theatre Workshop. The Untitled Zombies Musical cast for the June 26 performance is comprised of industry professionals, University of Texas at Austin alumni and students.

Texas Musical Theatre Workshop is hosted at The University of Texas at Austin, is a pre-collegiate intensive for high school students exploring a potential career in musical theatre. Workshop participants are trained by industry professionals and are exposed to the creative process of new work development by attending the readings of Princesses The Musical and Untitled Zombie Musical.


About the Creative Team
Greg Kotis (Book and Lyrics)
Greg Kotis is the author of many plays and musicals including Michael von Siebenburg Melts Through the FloorboardsYeast Nation (Book/Lyrics), The Unhappiness PlaysThe Boring-est Poem in the World, The Truth About Santa, Pig Farm, Eat the Taste, Urinetown (Book/Lyrics, for which he won an Obie Award and two Tony Awards), and Jobey and Katherine. His work has been produced and developed in theaters across the country and around the world, including Actors Theatre of Louisville, American Conservatory Theater, American Theater Company, Henry Miller’s Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Stage and Film, Perseverance Theatre, Roundabout Theatre Company, Soho Rep, South Coast Rep, and The Old Globe, among others. Kotis is a member of the Neo-Futurists, the Cardiff Giant Theater Company, ASCAP, the Dramatists Guild, and is a 2010-11 Lark Play Development Center Playwrights Workshop Fellow.

Mark Hollmann (Music and Lyrics)
Mark Hollmann received the Tony Award, the National Broadway Theatre Award and the Obie Award for his score to Urinetown, which itself won Outer Critics Circle, Drama League and Lucille Lortel Awards for best musical. Other shows as composer/lyricist: Yeast Nation (New York International Fringe Festival, Perseverance Theatre, and American Theatre Company), The Man in the White Suit (New York Stage and Film), The Girl, the Grouch, and the Goat (University Theatre, U. of Kansas), Alchemist the Musical (Seattle Fringe Festival), Jack the Chipper (Greenview Arts Center, Chicago), Kabooooom! (University Theater, U. of Chicago), I Think I Can and Deal with It! (Berkshire Theatre Festival), and Fare for All (Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Gardens, NYC). Actor/co-writer for The Rack, Theater of Funny, The Mercy Ripper, LBJFKKK, Love Me, All Eight Die and After Taste (Cardiff Giant Theater, Chicago).


Contact
For more information about Untitled Zombie Musical, call 512-471-5793 or email theatreanddance@utexas.edu.

Photo: Daniel Cavazos, Courtesy of The University of Texas at Austin

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