August 28, 2009 - Zachary Scott Theatre’s New Season Preview
     We stopped by ZACH’s VIP Season Preview for patrons and media on Thursday the 27th, for a sampling of the new season’s shows.  In addition to exceptional performances from more than a dozen of the theatre’s veteran performers - including Martin Burke, Judy Arnold, David Christopher, and Espie Randolph - we learned a few secrets about plans for the 2009-
2010 productions
• Set designer extraordinaire Michael Raiford is working on a new set for the holiday staple Rockin’ Christmas Show - inspired by the pages of pop-up books!
• The new production of Thorton Wilder’s Our Town - slated to open April 18th, 2010 - will be both Austin-centric and environmental.  The show will include both director Dave Steakley’s patented touch of Austin references in his productions, plus nightly guest stars of Austin notables.  Plus, each act will move to a different space around the ZACH campus, for site-specific stagings.  For example, the wedding in teh second act will be staged as a real wedding - with the audience as the invited wedding guests.  The idea borrows from a similar, recent staging at Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre.
• Lauren Lane - remembered as “C.C. Babcock” from television’s The Nanny - will star in Austin playwright Steven Dietz’s new work Becky’s New Car.  The play premiered last season in Seattle, where it was commissioned by a real estate mogel as a birthday gift to his wife.  The husband and wife will be travel to Austin for the ZACH premiere of the show next Spring.
   The season launched on September 17th with the hit musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  Check out the ZACH website at for details.