Chin up, buddy! Sure the 2011-2012 season may be winding to an end, but there’s no time for tears. Wait,let me clarify. There are reasons a plenty to cry, but let these be tears of joy. Not because one season ends, but because we now have our first tantalizing look at the future. That’s right, The 2012-2013 has been unveiled, and this time The Paramount is sharing some season duties with its little sibling, The Stateside Theatre. Holy Double Venue! This dynamic duo will play host to the most diverse and impressie lineup yet assembled for next season.
On April 18, The Stateside hosted the Wrap Party for 2011-12, but executive director Jim Ritts and general manager Lietza Brass took the stage to whet our appetites with a taste of what’s to come. There are fresh acts, familiar faces, genuine legends and even some brand new series coming our way.
Enough preamble, let’s take a look, shall we?
Headlining the The Marquee Series are:
Richard Thomas: A Distant Country Called Youth
A one-man play adapted from letters by Tennessee Williams, it stars the renown Richard Thomas. Nov. 14, 2012.
The Ambassador of Jazz takes over The Paramount on Feb. 6, 2013.
A unique and dazzling Brazilian dance troupe with over three decades of experience. Be prepared to move to the rhythm on Mar. 6, 2013.
The Congress Avenue Series features:
A Pre-Election Roast with The Onion
Who says politics are boring? Well, although Mitt and Barack may often induce drowsiness, a whiff of The Onion will wake you up and leave you in stitches. Oct. 26, 2012.
The Flatlanders 40th Anniversary Tour
Giants, even in the land of Texas music where everything is bigger. Four decades celebrated on one historic stage. Jan. 19, 2013.
Leading Ladies Series, anyone? But of course.
Dr. Maya Angelou
An absolute honor. Nov. 2, 2012.
LA Theatre Works: Pride & Prejudice
Jane Austen’s acclaimed work was first published 200 years ago, and this production marks the occasion is stunning fashion. Feb. 28, 2013
An Evening with Amy Sedaris
The Stateside isn’t the only little sibling stepping into the limelight in Austin this coming year. The wickedly funny younger sister of perennial season favorite David Sedaris step out with her own with a one-woman show. Mar. 22, 2013.
New for this upcoming season, the Silver Screen Speaker Series promises to engage cinephiles and aficionados alike.
In Conversation: Spike Lee
Do the right thing and join us for an interview with Lee followed by a screening of his 1999 film Summer of Sam. Sept. 8, 2012
In Conversation: Ben Mankiewicz
A host on Turner Classic Movies and a member of Hollywood Royalty, film critic Mankiewicz will engage the audience and bring a classic film to screen afterwards (as yet to be revealed). Dec. 1, 2012.
In Conversation: Oliver Stone
America’s purest cinematic maverick. Call it a hunch, but Stone may speak his mind about a thing or two. HE also will brign a hand-picked film to screen afterwards. May 24, 2013.
The Stateside Theatre is fully restored and ready to host more intimate fair during the season. What better venue than this for the Stateside Jazz Series?
Jason Moran and the Bandwagon
Nov. 1, 2012
Nov. 29, 2012
John Pizzarelli Quartet
Feb. 13, 2013.
Another new and intriguing entry is A Beautiful World Series, emphasizing the natural wonder of this existence. Brought to us by The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation.
Last Call At The Oasis
A documentary focusing on the pressing issue of global water supply. A panel Q&A will be held afterwards. Nov. 28, 2012.
Bella Gaia (Beautiful Earth)
Featuring live performances by Kenji Williams and other world musicians, the show is an experience against a big-screen backdrop featuring varying views of Earth from space. Jan. 23, 2013.
Dr. Brian Greene: The Hidden Reality
Physics! String Theory! Don’t be scared. Dr. Greene breaks it down brilliantly and in entertaining fashion. Feel smarter without taking a single class or staying at a Holiday Inn Express. Feb. 26, 2013.
A documentary examining America’s attitudes at energy and its industries. Apr. 3, 2013.
Extras a plenty for the remainder of the season. File all of these as “must see,” just like the rest of the season.
Country Fried Humor. Your signs will not be handed out at the door. Sept. 21, 2012.
Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson Plays Thick As A Brick 1 & 2
World musician and rock icon celebrates 49 years of recording on stage. Oct. 28, 2012.
An Evening with Glenn Close
She’s not gonna be ignored. Nor can she be. Spend an evening with the acclaimed actress as she shares stories and selected pieces from her stellar career. Dec. 6, 2012.
The Moth On The Road
Back by popular demand, The Moth appears with a new cast, a new show, and the ever present treasure trove of stories. Dec. 14, 2012.
Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison Holiday Show
It just wouldn’t be Christmas without this helping of holiday music from this Texas music royal family. Dec. 15, 2012.
An Evening with Cesar Millan: The Dog Whisperer
The star from the National Geographic Channel takes the stage at The Paramount! Please, leave you canines at home, though. Jan. 27, 2013.
The Second City
Features some of the classic skits, songs and improvs from the famous Chicago comedy troupe’s 50 year history. Feb. 20-23, 2013.
Tomás Kubínek: Certified Lunatic and Master of the Impossible
Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to have your mind blown by the uniquely brilliant vaudevillian Dr. Professor Tomás Kubínek! Guaranteed to help keep Austin weird. Mar. 28, 2013.
Back by popular demand, Leo celebrates over a quarter century of with a display of his unorthodox guitar picking style. Apr. 5, 2013.
Admit it, the season wouldn’t be complete without him. And he can’t let his little sister upstage him now, can he? Apr. 24, 2013.
Oh, and there’s still the Play-Time Series. This year there are four shows for those little (and bigger) theater fans age 3 and up.
The True Story of The Three Little Pigs
Sep. 23, 2012
Guess How Much I Love You and I Love My Little Storybook
Dec. 2, 2012
The Little Prince
Feb. 24, 2013
Apr. 13 & 14, 2013
The biggest and best lineup for The Paramount awaits. And it’s only a few months away. Are you ready?