Press & Reviews

May 24, 2017

Bonhoeffer’s Cost tells the inspirational true story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German Lutheran pastor and theologian who courageously opposed Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime during World War II.  Written by Mary Ruth Clarke with Tim Gregory and directed by Agape’s Artistic Director Jeff Davis, our story begins with Dietrich Bonhoeffer imprisoned in Berlin’s Tegel Prison during the darkest days of WWII. [Click for More]

BroadwayWorld-Austin: Agape Theatre’s BONHOEFFER’S COST Sheds Light in the Shadows

May 18, 2017

Dietrich Bonhoeffer is better known in theological circles than theatrical ones, though his story is indeed a powerfully dramatic one. A German theologian and minister in Nazi Germany during World War II, Bonhoeffer is the author of many theological studies including his modern classic, “The Cost of Discipleship.” Imprinting his spiritual principles into the extraordinary day to day circumstances of living in Nazi German, Bonhoeffer is as importantly remembered as one of the architects of an attempt to overthrow the Nazi regime. Bonhoeffer’s Cost by Mary Ruth Clarke with Tim Gregory, is the story of his imprisonment for this transgression. [Click for More]

BroadwayWorld-Austin: Agape TheatreAnnounces Cast for BONHOEFFER’S COST

April 17, 2017

BONHOEFFER’S COST stars Agape newcomers Cory Grabenstein as Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Keoni Ramo as prison guard Klaus Klopstock, Frank Benge as the evil Judge Advocate Rott, Rachel Bremer as Bonhoeffer’s fiancée Maria, and TJ Condit as Bonhoeffer’s brother-in-law Hans Dohnanyi. Agape Theatre alum Zach Bond rounds out the cast as Bonhoeffer’s brother Klaus. [Click for More]

April 13, 2017

Jeff Davis, Director of Agape Theatre’s upcoming Texas Premiere of the WWII-set BONHOEFFER’S COST, blasted White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer for his recent remarks regarding Hitler and the Holocaust. [Click for More]

BroadwayWorld-Austin: Agape Theatre to Present BONHOEFFER’S COST

January 26, 2017

Agape Theatre is proud to announce our upcoming production of Bonhoeffer’s Cost.  Written by Mary Ruth Clarke with Time Gregory, Bonhoeffer’s Cost tells the exciting and moving true story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  Agape’s production will be the play’s Texas Premiere.Bonhoeffer’s Cost finds Dietrich Bonhoeffer imprisoned in Berlin’s Tegel Prison during the darkest days of WWII. As the war rages around him and his faith is tested, Bonhoeffer deliberates the cost attached to acting from one’s convictions.  In a blind race between the forces of good and evil, will Dietrich make it out alive? [Click for More]


CTX Live Theatre: Bonhoeffer’s Cost
January 16, 2017

Agape Theatre is proud to announce our upcoming production of Bonhoeffer’s Cost.  Written by Mary Ruth Clarke with Time Gregory, Bonhoeffer’s Cost tells the exciting and moving true story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  Agape’s production will be the play’s Texas Premiere.Bonhoeffer’s Cost finds Dietrich Bonhoeffer imprisoned in Berlin’s Tegel Prison during the darkest days of WWII. As the war rages around him and his faith is tested, Bonhoeffer deliberates the cost attached to acting from one’s convictions.  In a blind race between the forces of good and evil, will Dietrich make it out alive? [Click for More]


Williamson County Sun: Agape Theatre Prepares for Relaunch
December 21, 2016Agape Theatre presented a reading of The Yellow Wallpaper November 12 at the Georgetown Public Library.  “We staged this workshop production to test the waters with out audience, playwright Jeff Davis said.  “We wanted to ensure there was an interest in this story before we spend thousands of dollars producing a full-scale version of it.  We also wanted to see what changes need to be made to the script before we continue developing the show.”  The Gothic-era psychological thriller was enthusiastically received and a discussion with the cast and playwright followed the performance.
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Press Release: Agape Theatre Announces 2017 Season
November 14, 2016Agape Theatre is proud to announce that after a yearlong hiatus, they will return to producing intimate, quality theatre in Williamson County in 2017.This spring, Agape Theatre will mount the Texas Premiere production of BONHOEFFER’S COST, a WWII drama by Mary Ruth Clarke with Time Gregory.  In the fall of 2017, Agape Theatre will produce the World Premiere of THE YELLOW WALLAPER, written by Jeff Davis and inspired by the 1892 short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
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BroadwayWorld-Austin: Interview with Jeff Davis of THE YELLOW WALLPAPER at Agape Theatre
October 29, 2016BroadwayWorld recently had an opportunity to sit down with Jeff Davis, Artistic Director for Agape Theatre and author of an adaptation for the stage of Charlotte Perkins Gilman ‘s 1982 short story THE YELLOW WALLPAPER for a rare look into the process of adapting a classic piece of literature as a theatrical experience. THE YELLOW WALLPAPER will play the Hewlett Room of the Georgetown Public Library for one night only, Saturday, November 12th at 7:30pm.
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Press Release: Agape Theatre’s Joan Baker Scholarship in Theater Arts is Now Accepting Applications
October 19, 2016Agape Theatre, Inc. proudly announces the opening of the application period for the Joan Baker Scholarship in Theater Arts.The Joan Baker Scholarship is offered to further our mission to provide young performers and artists an environment in which to hone their craft.
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Williamson County Sun: Agape Returns to Small Stage
September 14, 2016After a year off from producing any shows, Agape Theatre is back in the fall.  Scheduling problems forced the Georgetown group, which started in 2013, from its former home in East View High School.
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BroadwayWorld-Austin: Agape Theatre to Present a Free Workshop Production of The Yellow Wallpaper
September 6, 2016Agape Theatre is proud to announce a free, one-night-only Workshop Production of The Yellow Wallpaper, an exciting new adaptation of the classic short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The performance will be held in the Hewlett Room at the Georgetown Public Library on Saturday, November 12th.
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Williamson County Sun: Agape Theatre Debuts $500 Scholarship 
August 31, 2016 by Linda DwyerAgape Theatre, Inc. has announced the winner of its first Joan Baker Scholarship in Theater Arts.  The scholarship is named for Agape founding member Joan Baker, who has been crucial to the organization’s success.  Ms. Baker has appeared in several Agape presentations, including A Trip to Bountiful, Steel Magnolias, and Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks.
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Broadway World-Austin: Agape Theatre Awards First Annual Joan Baker Scholarship in Theater Arts to Eryn Northcutt 
August 10, 2016Agape Theatre, Inc. is pleased to announce that Eryn Northcutt has been chosen as the recipient of the first annual Joan Baker Scholarship in Theater Arts.  The Joan Baker Scholarship is offered to further Agape Theatre’s mission to provide young performers and artists an environment in which to hone their craft. The $500 scholarship will be awarded every year to an incoming college freshman who displays a genuine interest and dedication to theater.
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Austin Entertainment Weekly: PICNIC: An Atypical Walk in the Park
August 18, 2015 by Stacy MellishPicnic performed by Agape Actors Co-Op at the Black Box Theatre at East View High School was far from a typical insect laden walk in the park and instead an interesting series of twists and turns much more comparable to an interwoven maze.
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Williamson County Sun: Agape Actors Co-Op Goes on a PICNIC in Latest Onstage Production
August 12, 2015 by Peter DossingIt’s a simply story, really.  This handsome young muscled drifter named Hal comes to a small 1950s Kansas town to visit an old college buddy on a hot Labor Day weekend.  Hal’s virility and sexual magnetism seem to attract the attention of every woman in town, including Madge Owens, the girlfriend of Hal’s fraternity brother, Alan.  Therein lies the conflict.
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BroadwayWorld-Austin: PICNIC Intriguing Look at the Power of Social Expectations
August 10, 2015 by Frank BengePICNIC tells the story of a handsome young drifter named Hal whose presence rattles a small Kansas town over the course of Labor Day Weekend. His virility and sexual magnetism attracts the attention of every woman in town. The attention spans the gamut from distrust to lust. The women in Inge’s drama are all looking for that “perfect relationship”. Those who are young do not appreciate it, and the older characters long to have their youth back. Indeed, the overall message seems to be the old saying that youth is wasted on the young.
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Williamson County Sun: Actors Work Way to “Bordello Heaven” in Agape’s Latest Performance
June 10, 2015 by Peter DossingAs Ronald Reagan enters the White House, five aging “ladies of the night” are faced with a declining market, increased competition, and aching joints.  These “working girls” arrived in New York years ago from New Orleans to set up shop and now they are struggling to learn new tricks as they fight to continue in the “Life.”
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BroadwayWorld-Austin: “PRIVATE LIVES as Bubbly and Giddy a Delight as Fine Champagne”

March 2, 2015 by Frank Benge

“Noel Coward’s plays are, for the most part, theatrical soufflés: the ingredients are very simple and, when handled correctly, are deliciously light and tasty; however, in the hands of the inexperienced, they can turn out to be a mess best thrown away. I am happy to report that in the case of PRIVATE LIVES, now being staged by Agape Theatre, the chefs know exactly what they are doing… this production is Coward done right and is a tasty treat for lovers of light, frothy, witty entertainment.”

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Austin Entertainment Weekly: “SUFFER THE LONG NIGHT or Die From Laughing”

December 15, 2014 by Laura Jordan

“Have you had your flu shot this season?  Apparently, no cast member in Suffer the Long Night has had theirs.  That’s exactly why 6 of the 13 cast members are absent from the production.  What do you do when the majority of your cast is out with the flu?  The show must go on, of course.”

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BroadwayWorld-Austin: “SUFFER THE LONG NIGHT is a Riotously Funny Evening of Farce and Laughter”

December 15, 2014 by Frank Benge

Suffer the Long Night belongs to that class of backstage comedies like Noises Off and Fashion: The Musical where the audience sees an actor playing an actor who is playing a character in a show.  Suffer the Long Night first debuted in 2008 in Los Angeles and this production marks the first time it has been seen in Texas.”

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Williamson County Sun: “SUFFER THE LONG NIGHT Turns Into Intentionally Insufferable Trip”

December 14, 2014 by Peter Dossing

“It didn’t take much to add a little chaos to the opening night performance of the suspense thriller, Suffer the Long Night.  We’re talking about forgotten lines, falling stage lights (ouch), out-of-sync sound cues like early phone rings and late gunshots, plus actors bumping into one another (oops).  Real chaos! […] Now that you think I panned the play, let me set this review straight.  I liked the play.  It is really a ‘play within a play.’”

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Off Stage and On the Air: Performance 285 – Featuring Agape Theatre’s “SUFFER THE LONG NIGHT”

November 27, 2014 by Lisa Scheps & Nicole Shiro –  Listen Here

 


BroadwayWorld-Austin: Voting Opens for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Austin Awards

November 17, 2014 by BWW News Desk

“Voting has opened for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Austin Regional Awards, honoring productions which opened between October 2013 and September 2014.  Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld’s local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors.  Voting runs through December 31.  Winners will be announced in early January!

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BroadwayWorld-Austin: “Agape Theatre to Present Texas Premiere of SUFFER THE LONG NIGHT”

November 3, 2014 by BWW News Desk

“The show must go on. That’s certainly the mantra of The Merrillvelle Merry Art Players, who are launching their 22nd season with a classic Christmas play, SUFFER THE LONG NIGHT, a 1950s melodrama that finds the suburban Burling family held hostage by two escaped criminals.”

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Williamson County Sun: An “Ideal Husband” Does Exist

October 1, 2014 by Peter Dossing

“For an entertaining evening watching talented student actors’ work and dance with their seasoned peers, make plans to get your tickets now.  It’s a very enjoyable production with a happy ending.”

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Off Stage and On the Air: Performance 276 – Featuring Jeff Davis and Christina Manley of Agape Theatre’s AN IDEAL HUSBAND

September 24, 2014 by Lisa Scheps & Nicole Shiro – [Listen Here]

 


Williamson County Sun: “Co-Op Launches Inaugural Season”

September 7, 2014 by Michael Freeman

The Agape Theatre will launch its first full season of shows this upcoming year […] After talking with school officials, the group requested to use the East View High School Black Box Theatre.  In return, many students would have the opportunity to work as part of the production crew and as designers.”

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BroadwayWorld-Austin: “More Lessons Taught Than Dancing in SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS”

June 24, 2014 by

Joan Baker is delightful in the role of Lily Harrison, giving a touching and nuanced performance. Her character has some of the best lines in the script and her delivery on ‘When you say your real age out loud your face hears you’ was a highlight of the evening. Olin Meadows does a good job with the difficult task of making a basically unlikeable character seem more human.”

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Williamson County Sun: “A Dance to Remember”

June 11, 2014 by Michael Freeman

“Amanda Jones has found working on a professional theater production quite different than working on one in school.  ‘It’s been a very good experience,’ the 16-year-old East View High School junior said.  ‘I’m learning a lot.’  Ms. Jones is the stage manager for Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, an upcoming production by the Agape Theatre.”

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Off Stage and On the Air: Performance 261 – Featuring Olin Meadows and Jeff Davis of Agape Theatre’s SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS

June 11, 2014 by Lisa Scheps & Nicole Shiro – [Listen Here]

 


BroadwayWorld-Austin: Strong, Understated Performances at Core of A TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL

September 12, 2013 by Jeff Davis

“Of course, it’s easy to buy into Foote’s world when a strong cast and director are guiding the way. Olin Meadows’s direction fits Foote’s style perfectly. His approach to the material is discreet, unfussy, and clearly focused on the journey of the central character.”

“Having an actress like Joan Baker as the focal point certainly bolsters the production. As Carrie Watts, Baker gives an understated, delicate performance. Every beat and moment is carefully calculated but comes off as wonderfully authentic. She’s more than capable of pulling of the duplicitous nature of the character.”

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Off Stage and On the Air: Act IX, Scene 15 – Featuring A TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL

September 4, 2013 by Lisa Scheps – [Listen Here]