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Spirits to Enforce by Mickle Maher

3 December 2010

Winner – Outstanding Production of a Drama – Austin Critics’ Table Awards
Winner – Outstanding Sound Design – Brett Hamann – Austin Critic’s Table Awardson
Ensemble Performance – Austin Critics’ Table Awards Nomination

Capital T presents

Spirits to Enforce

Directed by Gary Jaffe

Costume Design by Glenda Barnes

Sound Design by Brett Hamann

Scene Design by Mark Pickell

January 19-February 12

Blue Theatre

Twelve superheroes take up residence in a secret submarine to hold a fundraising drive for their upcoming production of William Shakespeare’s THE TEMPEST. Seriously. Infusing elements of Shakespeare’s language, comic book lore, and choral arrangement, Mickle Maher’s SPIRITS TO ENFORCE is formally innovative, wryly humorous, deeply compassionate and holds firmly to the belief that the the theater can create anything out of nothing at all.

“90 minutes of frenzied hilarity”

– The Daily Texan

“Each of the dozen players is stamped out as crisply as a newly-minted quarterevery actor in the piece seems to perform at the absolute top of their game, creating an ensemble the likes of which many theatre patrons may not see again for some time”

– Austin Theatre Examiner

“Twelve superheroes plus The Tempest equals FronteraFest at its finestThe best play…at FronteraFest in..five years”

– Austin Chronicle

“Top-Notch Cast…

“Spirits to Enforce is a fun adventure”

– Austin American-Statesman

“Hilarious, layered, well-executed…Gary Jaffe’s direction of the highly complex script is strong…the ensemble carries the show”

– Austin Chronicle


DALE- Braden Hunt
CRAIG- Toby Minor
EMORY- Jay Fraley
WAYNE- Travis Bedard
RANDALL- Blake Smith
BRAD- Tyler Jones
OLIVER- Stephen Mercantel
CECILY- Jenny Gravenstein
SUSAN- Allison Gregory
DONNA- Karen Alvarado
DIANA- LaTasha Stephens
REBECCA- Tiny Robinson

About the Playwright

Mickle Maher – Playwright
Mickle Maher is a co-founder of Theater Oobleck and the author of numerous plays, including An Apology for the Course and Outcome of Certain Events Delivered by Doctor John Faustus on This His Final Evening, and The Hunchback Variations (both published by Hope and Nonthings). His children’s book, Master Stitchum and the Moon, is published by Bollix Books. In recent years his Spirits to Enforce was mounted by Oobleck, and he contributed the translation for Redmoon Theater’s production ofCyrano. Redmoon also produced his latest play, The Cabinet, (a re-imagining of the filmThe Cabinet of Doctor Caligari) last winter.