I haven’t had a chance to write about about TOUCH, with all the madness associated with Faster! and its consequent demands on my time, but I so grateful to be in this production. We are already deep into the rehearsal process, and as we’re getting off-book, the achingly raw moments between the characters are taking my breath away. This is a beautiful, sad play. It follows an astronomer named Kyle, played by the beyond talented Andrew Varenhorst, and what transpires after his wife Zoe goes out one night to buy some whipping cream and never comes back.
“Kyle Kalke, an astronomer since childhood, a high school “science nerd,” falls in love with flamboyant, outspoken, openhearted Zoe, who—astonishingly—loves him back. When she is kidnapped and murdered, Kyle barricades himself by devoting himself more feverishly to the cosmos and losing himself in loveless sex. TOUCH is about a man in despair questioning whether there is any point to rediscovering passion, risking connection, groping toward the touch that will rekindle joy.” Using fragments and memories, Kyle struggles to find out the truth about what has happened to his wife and to find a way to heal himself.
TOUCH stars Andrew Varenhorst, with Aaron Black, Evelyn LaLonde and Jennymarie Jemison. Directed by Susie Gidseg. Original music written by Benjamin Wright and Andrew Varenhorst.
Full Run Dates: June 18th-20 and and 25th- 27th. July 2nd and 3rd at 9 pm. There will be no July 4th performance. The production will take place in the outdoor space of Hot Mama’s Coffee Shop , located at 2401 E 6th St Austin, TX 78702
First full week of performances are pay what you can. Additional Friday and Saturday performances are $15-25 dollars. Thursday night performances are always “pay-as-you wish.” Tickets available at nowplayingaustin.com