Io: a myth about you

By Monika Bustamante*
Directed by Elena Araoz

 

When money and fame guarantee you worship, where do the real gods go?
 

The god of the streets captures a savior with a secret and a mistress with no memory -- but who's the real prisoner here? Part myth, part mockery, part modern-day morality play, Io will remind you of the distinct joys of being mortal. 

 

Shrewd Productions presented this exciting new foray into heroic tales, vengeance, decadence, salvation, forgiveness, and rock & roll at the Vortex in 2007.  The world premiere by Founder Monika Bustamante garnered rave reviews and 4 Austin Critics Table nominations, including Best Production of a Musical.

 

Cast
Io - T. Lynn Mikeska

Zell - Aaron Alexander

Theo - Jude Hickey**

Glenn - Gina Houston*

Hera - Andrea Skola

Appollonia - Shannon Grounds

Art - Jason Hays

Sherm - Brock England

SCYW - Kathleen Fletcher

Ensemble - Anne Hulsman, Ashley Edwards, Jerry Joe Benson

 

Production Crew
Director - Elena Araoz

Production Manager - Melissa Livingston

Set Designer - Ann Marie Gordon

Costume Designer - Pam Friday

Lighting Designer - Jennifer Rogers

Original Score - T. Lynn Mikeska and Adam Sultan

 

*Award Nominated  -   **Award Winning

 

Photos by Bret Brookshire

 

"There are some performances, some moments, that should absolutely invigorate anyone, artist or audience, involved in Austin theater. "Io: A Myth About You" is crammed to overflowing with them...From Elena Araoz's direction that wrings out passion and comedy from a superb ensemble cast to Ann Marie Goron's creative junkyard set to the rocking live music written by T. Lynn Mikeska and Adam Sultan, every piece meshes together for a sum that's almost better than its parts."

- Joey Seiler - Austin American Stateman

 

"At times funny, disturbing, beautiful, tender, and, above all, captivating, Io: a myth about you is a top-notch production that rages about like a rough sea. Between the solid music numbers, the intense confrontations, the human moments, and the meanings of modernization, Io offers a lot to challenge you, and the journey is certainly worth taking."
- Avimaan Syam - Chronicle - Full Review

 

© Shrewd Productions, Photos by Errich Petersen, Kimberley Mead, Maureen Martinez, Sara Erensoy, Tate English and Bret Brookshire

 

Shrewd Productions is a sponsored project of the Austin Creative Alliance.
This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future.  Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.

 

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