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Theater: Think locally, act globally


by Manuel Mendoza 16 Apr 2008

Undermain Theatre’s currently running world premiere of the Neil Young rock opera, Greendale, will play the 15th annual Ice Factory Festival in New York from July 23-26. The hipster gathering of edgy downtown work is not new to the Deep Ellum company. Undermain performed Coaticook at the 2000 festival, the first of its now regular […]

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Undermain Theatre’s currently running world premiere of the Neil Young rock opera, Greendale, will play the 15th annual Ice Factory Festival in New York from July 23-26. The hipster gathering of edgy downtown work is not new to the Deep Ellum company. Undermain performed Coaticook at the 2000 festival, the first of its now regular forays to the theater capital.

Undermain, which adapted Young’s song cycle as a musical for the stage, is just one example of North Texas performers and playwrights getting noticed in other cities. Vicki Cheatwood and Tom Sime recently staged short plays in Austin. Their work also can be seen here, albeit sometimes at readings instead of full productions. Sime’s latest, My Favorite Animal, received a staged reading at Theatre Too! on Sunday.

Another local playwright is sticking close to home. Second Thought Theatre’s resident scribe, Stephen Walters, is wrapping up his latest production, Snake Eyes at the Mardi Gras Motel, this weekend.

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  • Speaking of Neil Young. He may be the only mainstream musician keeping protest songs alive. While no major radio or tv will play them, he has collected them at
    http://www.neilyoung.com/lwwtoday/index.html
    There aren’t just one or two. There are 2,600 with more coming in each week. This is a major section of music that is being boycotted because its message is not sanitized and safe.
    Personal note my song is at #170 on the list – a list I am proud to be on. Thanks to Neil Young.