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Dying City by Christopher Shinn

14 December 2009

Outstanding Production of a Drama – B Iden Payne Nomination
Outstanding Director of a Drama – B Iden Payne Nomination
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama – B Iden Payne Nomination
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama – B Iden Payne Nomination

Capital T presents

The regional premiere of the Pulitzer Prize nominated

Dying City

by Christopher Shinn
Directed by Derek Kolluri

Stage Manager – Cathrin Winsor

Scenic Design – Mark Pickell, Derek Kolluri, and Dan Farrar

Lighting Design – Dan Farrar

Costume Design – Heather Lesieur

Running Crew- Josh Singleton, Isaac Buckland, and Jeff Smith

January 19th – February 6th 2010

The Blue Theatre 916 Springdale Rd Austin, TX 78702

The first casualty of war is the truth. Christopher Shinn’s crafty and unsettling new play Dying City seeks that truth in a a quiet, transfixing tale of grief and violence, set in the shadow of the Iraq war.

When an Iraq war widow is unexpectedly visited by her dead husband’s twin brother, the two are forced to explore the repercussions of their loss, confront the secrets of the past, and admit the truth about the tragic legacy that connects them. Capital T proudly presents the regional preimiere of this Pulitzer-nominated play examining the politics of the American soul starring Liz Fisher and Mark Scheibmeir.


Kelly – Liz Fisher

Peter/Craig – Mark Scheibmeir

About the Playwright

Christopher Shinn – Playwright
was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and lives in New York. His plays have been premiered by the Royal Court Theatre, Lincoln Center Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, the Vineyard Theatre, South Coast Rep, and Soho Theatre, and later seen regionally in the United States and around the world. He is the winner of an OBIE in Playwriting (2004-2005) and a Guggenheim Fellowship in Playwriting (2005), was a Pulitzer Prize finalist (2008), was shortlisted for the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play (2008), and has also been nominated for an Olivier Award for Most Promising Playwright (2003), a TMA Award for Best New Play (2006), a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play (2007), and a South Bank Show Award for Theatre (2009). In 2009, his adaptation of Hedda Gabler premiered on Broadway at the Roundabout (American Airlines Theatre) and he has also written short plays for Naked Angels, the 24 Hour Plays, and the New York International Fringe Festival (2002 winner, Best Overall Production). He has received grants from the NEA/TCG Residency Program and the Peter S. Reed Foundation, and he is a recipient of the Robert S. Chesley Award. His plays are published in collections from TCG and A&C Black, and in acting editions from Dramatists Play Service and Playscripts. He teaches playwriting at the New School for Drama.

Creative Team

Mark Scheibmeir – Peter/Craig
Mark was most recently seen onstage as Mr. Darcy in PRIDE AND PREJUDICE at UT. He last appeared for Capital T in the summer hit I HEART WALMART as the Greeter Trainer. Some of his favorite roles include “Virgil” in ARTOIS THE GOAT (film), “Ray X” in BAD PENNY and “Cheswick” in ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST. He was recently seen in Austin Shakespeare’s production of AN IDEAL HUSBAND and as Eros in the Cohen New Work’s Festivals Production of THE PSYCHE PROJECT. Mark is represented in Austin by Liz Atherton at Tag Talent. He won the W.H. “Deacon” Crain Award at the 2009 Austin Critics Table Awards this year. He received his B.S. in Radio-Television-Film at The University of Texas at Austin. He returned to UT as a member of the MFA in Acting Program where he is in his final year.

Liz was last seen on stage as Varya in Broken String’s Production of THE CHERRY ORCHARD. Favorite roles include: Lily in Hyde Park Theater’s Bombs in Your Mouth (BIP nomination, Austin Critics’ Table nomination)Hyde Park Theatre’s Featuring Loretta (BIP nomination, Austin Critics’ Table nomination), Humans, and The Pillowman; Minus Tide (BIP nomination) for the Rude Mechs and Bayou Radio; Marci in Austin Playhouse’s Dug Up; Austin Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Dog in the Manger (BIP nomination); Reefer Madness, Reefer Madness: Rehashed, and Love’s Labour’s Lost for The Bedlam Faction; HBMG Foundation’s Stroke; The Seagull (Austin Critics’ Table nomination) for Breaking String Theater; Unlimited Automotive’s The Sweetest Swing in Baseball; and Elephant’s Graveyard for UT Department of Theatre and Dance. Film credits include Holy Hell (recently screened at the Austin Film Festival), The Happy Poet, Nightlife, and Six Minutes. Liz is a Core Company Member of Hyde Park Theatre.