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Food made with ingredients sourced from the Texas Hill Country is the focus of a new restaurant in East Austin. We spoke with Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his review of Pitchfork Pretty.


"I [learned] about her in my undergrad here at the Univerisity of Texas," says playwright Elizabeth Doss. "I took a conquest literature class and that's where I learned about Catalina de Erauso. And from that day ... I think it must have been thirteen, fourteen years ago -- I knew I was going to write a play about this crazy, wild, derelict, Don Quixote of a woman."

The historical Catalina de Erauso was born at the end of the 16th century in Spain.

A Glam Rock 'Henry IV'

Sep 27, 2017

"Henry IV has been one of my favorite plays for years," says director Beth Burns. "I don't see it enough. It doesn't have a sexy title, and yet it's this incredible play. I think it's one of Shakespeare's best because it is so funny and so sexy and so adventure-filled and violence-filled. And it's about this great delinquent! The greatest delinquent in history."

For Burns, staging one of her favorite Shakespeare plays opened up a great opportunity to experiment a little and bring something new to a play that's over 400 years old. "I thought, 'what better opportunity to spread our wings a little bit and add this glam aesthetic to it?' It screams for it."

Elva Diane Green

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. concludes his conversation with Elva Diane Green, daughter of Eddie Green and author of Eddie Green: The Rise of an Early 1900’s Black American Entertainment Pioneer.

"This is a show that I have been wanting to produce for about 15 years," says director Olin Meadows of A Streetcar Named Desire. "I've really had a solid vision and concept for the show, and finally got to make it a reality."

"To me, this story is heartbreaking from beginning to end, but there's a lot of depth and a lot of meaning in it," Meadows continues. "And I feel like a lot of people kind of leave a lot of the 'whys' and 'hows' out."

For Meadows, diving deeper into Streetcar meant a lot of talking with his cast and crew. "For us, it was a lot of really long, serious conversations about things like alcoholism, sexual addiction, rape culture."

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