Three Quarter Inches of Sky
written by Sherry Kramer | directed by Madge Darlington
April 22nd at 8:00 p.m. / Tickets $10 gen, $5 Stu
About the Play
The doctors said Trula’s 90-year-old father’s memory was fading, he had at best two years left. So Trula moved him in with her. But year after year, he doesn’t get worse. On the one hand, that’s wonderful. And on the other hand? Trula has another problem. And it’s not just that her father will eat only chicken pot pies and they’ve stopped making the one brand he will eat. A play about how we carry our memories, and how they carry us.
About Sherry Kramer
Sherry Kramer’s recent work is about the American Dream and how we are failing it. She has written about our role in destabilizing the Middle East over oil (When Something Wonderful Ends), the rise of a populist demagogue in the heartland (Ivanhoe, MO), the power of the press to distort the shape of a nation’s soul (The Ruling Passion), and two plays about America’s relationship with money and philanthropy (How Water Behaves and The Bay of Fundy, An Adaptation of One Line From the Mayor of Casterbridge). These plays invite their audience to find new ways to understand who we are as a nation, and how we might find our way back to being the generous, fair-minded people we believe ourselves to be.
Kramer is the recipient of an NEA, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, a McKnight National Fellowship, and commissions from the Audrey Skirball-Kenis Theatre Project and the Moscow Art Theatre/UI International Writers Program. Her plays have been produced here and abroad and include productions at Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival, Yale Repertory Theatre, The Second Stage, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Soho Repertory Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Seattle’s Annex Theatre, InterAct Theatre, the Theatre of the First Amendment, and the Tokyo International Arts Festival. Kramer has had the good luck to have her work developed and produced by many Austin artists at many Austin venues over the years. These include: Frontera@Hyde Park, Capital City Playhouse, The State Theatre, Iron Belly Muses, RedThen/Rude Fusion, and UT Austin.
Other plays include: David’s RedHaired Death (The Jane Chambers Award), The Wall of Water (LA Women in Theatre Award), What A Man Weighs (Weissberger Playwriting Award, New York Drama League Award, The Marvin Taylor Playwriting Award), The Dream House (Moscow Art Theatre/UI International Writing Program commission), A Thing of Beauty, Cake, Things That Break, The World at Absolute Zero, The Mad Master (ASK commission), The Long Arms of Jupiter (a croquet performance piece), Partial Objects, The Law Makes Evening Fall, The Middle of the Day, A Permanent Signal, The Release of a Live Performance, The Master and Margarita (a singing-theatre adaptation with composer Margaret Pine), Nano and Nicki in Boca Raton, Napoleon’s China (a play with music, with Ann Haskell and Rebecca Newton), and About Spontaneous Combustion.
She holds an MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, an MFA from the Iowa Playwrights’ Workshop, teaches playwriting at Bennington College, and regularly in the MFA programs of The Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas, Austin, and the Iowa Playwrights’ Workshop, where she was previously head of the workshop. She was the first national member of New Dramatists, and is currently a Core Member of the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis. Her book about playwriting is called A PLAY TAKES PLACE IN THE AUDIENCE.
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About Rude Fusion
Rude Fusion is a program designed to develop deeper relationships with some of Austin’s finest theatre artists by offering material, financial and creative support for their new works, and by helping bring nationally acclaimed artists to town. Rude Fusion aims to help artists to take artistic risks, explore new ideas and keep their focus on artist pay and production values.
Rude Mechs is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.