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Austin director Dustin Wills blows my mind with his new theatre company Paper Chairs-and then he gives guerilla 1930′s dance lessons on 2nd St.

2010 April 30

Chris chats with Austin director Dustin Wills

Man, Austin is full of creative people. Someone who has really impressed me recently is director Dustin Wills. A punk rocker in my mind, Dustin continually challenges our current view of theatre. In his show last fall, “Murder Ballad, Murder Mystery,” he turned a story about multiple murders into a whimsical circus that made me rethink the nature of audience and space.

Dustin recently formed Paper Chairs, a new theatre company that’s totally future. Not gonna lie: Reading his ideas and the company’s plans for the year has totally blown my mind. It looks like they want to take theatre to the streets by putting on mobile shows in interesting spaces around the city. Oh yeah, and they’re going to be writing and performing a musical version of The Gashlycrumb Tinies, my favorite kids book of all time (um, learning the ABCs while discovering how kids got murdered-totes goth!).

Translation: Look out Austin, this ish is gonna get crazy.

Dustin Wills Paper Chairs Sarah Reeves Plain Ivey Jane Austin

Dustin Wills teaches 2nd St shopkeeper Sarah Reeves how to Charleston.

To raise money for Paper Chairs, Dustin is throwing a fundraiser this Sunday at the 34th St Cafe. We ran into Dustin while down on 2nd St this week and decided to do a spontaneous video shoot. Since the party has a 1930′s them to it, we decided to see if any of the 2nd St District shopkeepers would be down for a dance lesson. Thankfully, we recruited Sarah Reeves, owner of closeout couture shop Plain Ivey Jane, and Austin Healy, off-duty barista from the City Hall Austin Java Company .

WATCH: Check out the video, below, to learn how to do the Charleston and the Onsey. For the record, the Onsey is the dorkiest dance I think I’ve ever seen and ANYONE can do it. Also find out what this event is all about.

DEETS: PROHIBITION IS OVER…LET’S GO OUT. (May 2nd, 2010); 34th St Cafe (1005 W. 34th St, 78705); 8p-MID; Tickets $19 - $34 on a sliding scale FB Event **Includes food and adult bevs, dance lessons (from a real choreographer, not Dustin!), DJ Shorty Stump from White Ghost Shivers playing 20′s and 30′s music, and 1930′s hairstyling!

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