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Sheldon Vexler Theatre News

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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An Act of God, written by 13-time Emmy-winning writer David Javerbaum, opened at The Vex in October, with the Almighty speaking through actor John Stillwaggon.

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The Moth and the Window

Stephen Tobolowsky on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 12:00:00 pm in Arts & Culture 
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In the mid 1970’s I came out to Los Angeles to become an actor. It only took me three years before I realized it was impossible. I couldn’t get a job. I couldn’t get an agent. I couldn’t even work for free.

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'An Act of God' Next at The Vex

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Monday, October 9, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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 In 2013, American comedy writer David Javerbaum visited the JCC as part of the Author & Speaker Series to share and discuss his book The Last Testament: A Memoir by God, which also spurred his creation of the Twitter account, @TheTweetOfGod. 

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The Vex Presents 'Don't Dress for Dinner'

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Monday, July 17, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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The Sheldon Vexler Theatre is thrilled to kick off their 19th season with Marc Camoletti’s bedroom farce Don’t Dress for Dinner, on stage August 17 through September 10. The show is a sequel of sorts to Boeing-Boeing, which was previously produced here in 2015.

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Meet the Cast of 'Peter and the Starcatcher' (Part 11): Whitney M. & Michael D.

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 6:00:00 pm in Arts & Culture 
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In this final edition of getting to know the cast of Peter and the Starcatcher, we bring you Whitney Marlett (Grempkin) and Michael Duggan (Lord Aster). 

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Meet the Cast of 'Peter and the Starcatcher' (Part 10): Steven Valdez

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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Steven Valdez is no stranger to Vex audiences, having recently appeared in last season's hilarious farce One Man, Two Guvnors and again in Little Shop of Horrors in 2013.

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Meet the Cast of 'Peter and the Starcatcher' (Part 9): Michael Cooling

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Monday, May 29, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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Michael Cooling appears in Peter and the Starcatcher as Alf, a kind old seafarer who takes a liking to one of his ship's passengers.

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Meet the Cast of 'Peter and the Starcatcher' (Part 8): James W. Robinson

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 7:00:00 pm in Arts & Culture 
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James W. Robinson makes his Vex debut in Peter and the Starcatcher, as Captain Scott, a ship captain whose circumstances take a turn for the worse when his crew and ship are taken over by several sneaky pirates.

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Meet the Cast of 'Peter and the Starcatcher' (Part 7): John D. Boyd

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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John D. Boyd was last seen at The Vex in the play North Shore Fish. For this show, he takes on the pirate sidekick of Black Stache, Smee.

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Meet the Cast of 'Peter and the Starcatcher' (Part 6): Gabriel Itzcoatl Luera

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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Gabriel Itzcoatl Luera makes his Vex stage debut with Peter and the Starcatcher. In the show, he portrays Sanchez, a hilarious pirate with a lisp, and Fighting Prawn, king of the Mollusks, a tribe of people who have a penchant for a certain cuisine.

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Meet the Cast of 'Peter and the Starcatcher' (Part 5): Maggie Tonra

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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Maggie Tonra plays Molly Aster, the smart, witty, precocious young Starcatcher apprentice who will risk anything for the sake of what is right in The Vex's production of Peter and the Starcatcher

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Meet the Cast of 'Peter and the Starcatcher' (Part 4): Michael Parisi

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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Michael Parisi portrays Prentiss, one of the orphan boys who longs to be the leader of the group. Peter and the Starcatcher is Michael's Vex and San Antonio theatre debut.

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Meet the Cast of 'Peter and the Starcatcher' (Part 3): Matthew Byron Cassi

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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Matthew Byron Cassi has performed in and directed a number of shows at The Vex. For Peter and the Starcatcher, he takes on the role of Betty Bumbrake, doting nanny to Molly Aster.

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Meet the Cast of 'Peter and the Starcatcher' (Part 2): John Stillwaggon

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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John Stillwaggon portrays Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher. He has performed at theaters around San Antonio, including The Playhouse SA and The Classic Theatre. Peter and the Starcatcher is John's Vex debut.

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Meet the Cast of 'Peter and the Starcatcher' (Part 1)

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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The Sheldon Vexler Theatre’s 18th Season concludes with Rick Elice’s play, Peter and the Starcatcher, which includes music by Wayne Barker.

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Tickets on Sale for 'Peter and the Starcatcher'

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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The Vex’s next production, Peter and the Starcatcher, promises to be an exhilarating, imaginative, pageant of linguistic turns for adults of all ages.

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'Peter and the Starcatcher' at The Vex

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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Have you ever wondered how Peter Pan became “the boy who refused to grow up”, or what caused Captain Hook to have such vengeance for his nemesis? Peter and the Starcatcher, a play by Rick Elice with music (it’s not a musical) by Wayne Barker, which opens at The Vex May 4, answers all of this and more.

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The Vex presents 'North Shore Fish'

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 10:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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There’s something Fish-y on stage this month at The Sheldon Vexler Theatre. Israel Horovitz’s comedic drama, North Shore Fish, is a “blue collar elegy, a tough, funny and eventually poignant look at the expendability of people when their jobs - and lives - become obsolete” (Associated Press, 1987).

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'North Shore Fish' Up Next at The Vex

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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Tickets are now on sale for the Sheldon Vexler Theatre’s production of North Shore Fish, written by Israel Horovitz, on stage Feb. 2-26.

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Newly Revised 'Anne Frank' Comes to Vex This Month!

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 12:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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Next at The Sheldon Vexler Theatre is The Diary of Anne Frank, on stage October 20 through November 13.

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The Vex to present The Diary of Anne Frank

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Monday, September 19, 2016 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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In the tradition of revisiting productions from earlier seasons, the Sheldon Vexler Theatre will present The Diary of Anne Frank, originally produced at The Vex thirteen years ago. It will be directed by Vex veteran and former JCC employee Eva Laporte.

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Larry Shue’s Comedy, The Foreigner, Kicks Off Vex 18th Season

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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The Vex will celebrate its Chai – or 18th – season this year, and to kick things off, the team is producing a comedy that will have audiences laughing from “start to finish” (The New Yorker).

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A Linda Kaufman Original Musical, Senior Moments, to Debut at the Campus

Allison Cornwell, Marketing & Sales Coordinator on Monday, June 20, 2016 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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If once a month, you see a huge number of cars parked in front of Al and Linda Kaufman’s house in Hunters Creek North, you can bet there’s an evening of theatre, wine, and nibbles underway. 

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Sheldon Vexler Theatre Enters Chai Season

Allison Cornwell, Marketing & Sales Coordinator on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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Hold on to your hats - The Vex is celebrating its Chai – or eighteenth – season with four Vex-tastic shows*!

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ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS - Coming Soon to The Vex!

Allison Cornwell, Marketing & Sales Coordinator on Friday, January 29, 2016 at 12:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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Recently, Vex Artistic Director Ken Frazier sat down with Production Manager Dylan Brainard to discuss the final show of the 17th Season, Richard Bean's hilarious award-winning play, One Man, Two Guvnors.

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Vex Honored with Ten ATAC Awards

Allison Cornwell, Marketing & Sales Coordinator on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 12:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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On Sunday, October 25, The Sheldon Vexler Theatre’s four productions from the 2014-15 season – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Trojan Women, Talley’s Folly, and Rumors – received a total of ten Alamo Theatre Arts Council (ATAC) awards for excellence. 

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A Tour of Theaters - First Stop: The Vex!

Christie Beckham, Guest Blogger on Friday, August 7, 2015 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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I settled in the San Antonio area about eight years ago, after working in regional theater and film; on tour and in New York, Dallas and Chicago. Coming from a larger arts community like Dallas, San Antonio was a culture shock. I wasn’t so sure about the River City and its potential for providing me with a creative outlet.

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And Yet, I Act

Brandi Hollsten, Guest Blogger on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 4:00:00 pm in Arts & Culture 
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Some guy once said to me “If you have a passion for anything other than acting, choose that instead.” As an Aries, I feel it’s my duty – nay, my responsibility – NAY, MY DESTINY – to challenge Mr. Passion-Quote-Man and his statement.

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Poise in the Face of Adversity: What Our Troops Can Teach Us About Spotty WiFi, Starbucks Lines, and Bad Drivers

Mark Lee Greenblatt, Guest Blogger on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 12:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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This post is featured on Mark Lee Greenblatt's website and is used here with his permission.

As we approach Veterans Day, our thoughts naturally turn to the men and women who have served our country and their sacrifices on our behalf. This year, let’s take it one step farther and contemplate what we civilians can learn from the experiences of our military men and women.

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The JCC & The Vex: The Perfect Pair as an Actor Prepares

Kathy Becker, Guest Blogger on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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My family and I moved here from Pennsylvania in August and even before we arrived, we had researched the JCC online. The tour of the facility we took on our very first day in San Antonio included a stop at The Vex, where I chatted with Ken Frazier and Dylan Brainard while my kids played on the set of One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest. 

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