Salvage Vanguard Theater (SVT) announces “Works Progress Austin: Cooler Bodies” featuring a reading of new work by Diana Lynn Small on July 28, 8 p.m. at gray DUCK Gallery/ 2213 E Cesar Chavez St. Tickets are free online or at the door. Reservations for each reading can be made at salvagevanguard.org/tickets.
“Cooler Bodies” examines the question if people born “special” or if creativity evolve from our sufferings. Rhonda and Glend, the two most creatively powerful people in the world move to a mystical 1950s suburb in the desert to ruffle the feathers of their boring teenage-neighbor, Mary, to see if trauma will turn Mary into a brilliant human being. It’s getting hot, the air conditioners are breaking down and everybody wants to take a dip in Mary’s shiny, clean swimming pool.
“Works Progress Austin,” SVT’s script development series, launched in 2006. WPA provides playwrights with the resources they need to bring their work to life: actors, stage managers, rehearsal time + space, cash, and the chance to share their work with an audience in the earliest stages of creation.
Diana Lynn Small writes, acts and directs for the stage. She has an MFA in playwriting from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. Her two-woman show “Mad & a Goat” has toured to six cities since it was developed in 2013. Her play “Good Day” was selected for the 2015 Great Plains Conference PlayLabs, and Kitchen Dog Theatre’s New Works Festival and she’s been an artist in residence at Tofte Lake Center in Ely, MN. Small has worked with paper chairs theatre company in Austin, premiering her play “Hot Belly” and directing Elizabeth Doss’s play “Mast” and performing/dramaturging Doss’s play “Poor Herman.” This summer Small will develop a new show, “HOUSE PLAY,” at Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor. Small is pursuing a Masters of Divinity at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.