Austin Theatre Project
October 12th through 28th
Dougherty Arts Center Theatre

    Austin Theatre Project will wrap its 2012 inaugural season with the musical theatre gem Baby.  Featuring a cast of Austin theatre veterans, the production runs October 12th through 28th at the Dougherty Arts Center.
    The story follows on a university campus - each expecting a child - as they deal with the painful, rewarding and agonizingly funny consequences of the universal experience.  With a book by Sybille Pearson - based on a story developed with Susan Yankowitz - and music by David Shire and lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr., Baby first ran on Broadway from 1983 to 1984 and was nominated for eight Tony Awads, including "Best Musical" and "Best Original Score."
     The couples include a pair of college students who are barely at the beginning of their adult lives, the 30-somethings who are having trouble conceiving but determined to try,  and the middle aged parents - looking forward to seeing their last child graduate from college when a night of unexpected passion lands them back where they started.   Barbara Schuler, the founding producing director of Austin Theatre Project, directs with founding artistic director, David Blackburn serving as the music director and pianist.  Meg Steiner will create the choreography, with lighting and sound design by Dustin Downing and Joel Mercado-See.
   The wide-eyed college students are played by Haley Montgomery (Guys and Dolls, I Love You Because) and Joey Banks (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee).  Ryan Smith (Rent, Jesucristo Superestrella) and Jim
Lindsay (Blood Brothers, Singin' In The Rain) will play the determined-to-conceive 30-somethings, with Kevin Oliver (Singin' In The Rain, Footloose) and Suzanne Orzech (I Hate Hamlet, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) as the empty-nesters who suddenly find their world turned upside-down.  Also featured in the cast are Wendy Jo Cox, Cody Wayne Eastman, Matt Gauck, Rodnesha Green and Yvonne Love.
     Performances will run Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. There will be an additional Saturday matinee on October 20th at 2 p.m.  Tickets range from $15 to $25.
     The Dougherty Arts Center is located at 1110 Barton Springs Road.  For more information and reservations, call the 24-hour ticket hotline at 1-800-838-3006 or visit
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