Katherine Catmull and Ken Webster in The Quarry. Photo by Bret Brookshire.

 

 

 

Hyde Park Theatre presents

The Quarry
by Greg Pierce

directed by
Ken Webster

September 24 - October 24, 2015

Purchase tickets online or call 512-479-PLAY (7529) for reservations.

 

Check out this brief teaser-trailer for The Quarry--courtesy of the ever-awesome Eric Graham of IC Pictures:

"The Quarry" at Hyde Park Theatre from Eric Graham on Vimeo.

We'ev already had several lovely reviews:

"Enthralling . . . boldly original . . . Ken Webster and company bring this strange piece to vivid wondrous life, thanks in no small part to a bravura lead performance by Hyde Park regular Katherine Catmull. . . . She’s an astonishing presence on stage, carrying herself with confidence and character, showing a remarkable number of dimensions throughout. She hits her humor points with splendid timing, while also bringing the necessary pathos to the more sorrowful scenes. Her chemistry with [Ken] Webster in undeniable, and when the real life couple appears on stage you can’t help but crack a smile. . . . Judging on versatility alone, Jess Hughes easily takes the day. . . . Hughes here shows her range by playing characters that range from 16 to 30, each of them feeling thought-out and unique."
- Austin Examiner

"Surreal, charming and deeply touching . . . Quirky and unexpected . . . highly satisfying . . .an exciting new piece of theatre. Director Ken Webster has done a terrific job with this material, staging with great economy and flow. He has managed to get some truly astonishing performances out of this cast of four. . . . Katherine Catmull is delightful as Jean. . . . Every moment on stage rings true... Ken Webster delivers a wonderfully touching portrayal . . . Jess Hughes is riveting . . . this young actress has an incredible range . . . Chase Brewer also does a remarkable job."
- Broadway World

"This is Katherine Catmull’s (Jean) production. . . .She successfully carries the tone of the play from its darkly whimsical beginnings through its bleak middle and to its delightfully surreal conclusion, never missing a beat. . . [Director Ken] Webster continues to demonstrate his understanding of theatrical productions on and offstage through a light touch. No moment feels forced or over-directed. . . .The production showcases the quality in design I’ve come to expect from the Hyde Park Theatre. . . . An enjoyable experience that will make you laugh one minute, existentially contemplative the next, and leaves you strangely hopeful in an enigmatic world."
- Austin Entertainment Weekly

"Masterpiece performances. . . . Katherine Catmull plays Jean with quiet strength, remaining on stage for the entire 80-minute play and effectively setting its tone. . . Ken Webster, who directs this production, portrays the ghost/memory of Jean’s curious, charming husband Sammy, along with several other townsfolk. . . . Chase Brewer plays the younger men of the town, including the mayor’s son and, most impressively, a nerdy archeologist... The standout amongst the cast is Jessica Hughes, who has several stunning moments in the play... She shows the extent of her range and power, commanding the audience in whatever persona she takes on."
- Austin American Statesman

It's only the second production in the country of this new work by Greg Pierce, who wrote HPT's award-winning smash hit Slowgirl. The Quarry follows a crusty, antisocial New England widow--think Olive Kitteridge--whose decision to "off myself" gets derailed by mysterious events in the marble quarry she loves. It begins as a quite funny comedy, turns a little heartbreaking, then wraps up with magical, surreal loveliness. A play about following the vein that leads deep into your own heart.

"An intriguing play, haunting and strangely magical." (Burlington Free Press). "Delightful storytelling, fascinating and quirky . . . Unexpected and satisfying." (Rutland Herald)

The production stars Chase Brewer (A Bright New Boise, punkplay), Katherine Catmull (The Christians, There Is a Happiness That Morning Is), Jess Hughes (The Night Alive, The Christians), and Ken Webster (The Night Alive, The Christians). Ken Webster directs.

Talkback with the playwright and composer: On Thursday, October 1, stay after for a talkback with playwright Greg Pierce and his brother, composer Randal Pierce, who are flying in to see the show that evening.

The show runs at 8:00 PM on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, September 24 - October 24, 2015. Thursdays are Pay What You Can Nights. For the first four weeks (September 24 - October 17) Friday tickets are $22 and Saturday tickets are $24. For the final weekend (October 22 - 24), Friday tickets are $24 and Saturday tickets are $26 . Every Friday and Saturday tickets are $2 off for students, seniors, military, and Austin Creative Alliance members) Purchase tickets online or call 512-479-PLAY (7529) for reservations.

Hyde Park Theatre is located at 511 W. 43rd Street. Covered off-street parking for the patrons of HPT is available during performances in the lot at 4315 Guadalupe Street, just north of The Parlor. You can drive through The Parlor's parking lot to reach it. Evening HPT parking also available at Kenneth's Hair Salon, just south of HPT, and at the Hyde Park Church of Christ on the northeast corner of 43rd & Avenue B. We are grateful to them all for their generosity.

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This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from The National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.

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