THE WHALE Nominated for Two 2013-2014 B. Iden Payne Awards!

We at a chick & a dude productions are pleased to announce the nominations of two cast members of THE WHALE by Samuel D. Hunter for their performances by the 2013/2014 B. Iden Payne Awards, held every year in Austin to recognize outstanding achievement in theatre.

Kayla Newman--Ellie--Outstanding Featured Actress in a Drama

Shanon Weaver--Charlie--Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama

Many thanks to the Payne Council, our entire cast & crew, and the fantastic audiences that made the show such a success!


THE WHALE closes March 15!


It's been a great run, but it must come to an end this Saturday, March 15!

Don't miss this show that Austin audiences and critics are raving about!

“…the kind of show that will stick with you…one of the finest pieces of drama I’ve seen this season…Weaver’s nuanced and highly physical portrayal evokes a level of sympathy that will leave viewers raw.” --Cate Blouke, Austin-American Statesman FULL REVIEW

“The Whale, which could easily be a play about a fat suit, has far more to it…[The play] is never about weight. It's about how people cope with loss…believable, honest, and often funny…All five members of the cast are outstanding… Late in the show, Charlie exclaims, ‘People are amazing.’ So is this show.”—Jeff Davis, Broadway World Austin FULL REVIEW

Please join us as we put THE WHALE to rest with these final three shows, and thanks to all who've made it out so far!

We'll see you next time!


Benefit Performance of The Whale Added MARCH 9!

We’ve added an extra performance of The Whale by Samuel D. Hunter on Sunday, March 9, 2014. Curtain at 5:00 pm!

All proceeds from this performance go to Jaime Livingston, sister-in-law of the chick & the dude, who is battling breast cancer at the young age of 27.

Tickets are sliding scale, $20-$50. All monies go to help Jamie and her family with expenses as she enters her second round of Chemo!

Jamie Ranae Livingston is a mother, wife, sister and daughter.  She is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University and a news producer/ reporter for Fox 34 in Lubbock, TX. Her husband Brian is a second-year Law student at Texas Tech University. Jamie and Brian have a beautiful 5-year-old daughter named Brianna.

In July 2013, at the age of 27, she was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma breast cancer. Jamie began chemo treatments on August 21, 2013 and on January 13, 2014 she had a double mastectomy. 

Jamie and her family have waged a long, hard battle, but it’s not over yet. She has recently begun Herceptin treatments, and will receive 8 rounds of treatment every 3 weeks— so, she essentially has 6 more months to go before undergoing reconstructive surgery.

Jamie and Brian feel very fortunate that Jamie’s medical expenses are covered by insurance, but time off work for treatment and surgery has left them in need of a little extra financial help.


Come see The Whale on March 9 at 5pm at Hyde Park Theatre and help us raise some funds to help Jamie Fight Like a Girl!!!


The Chick & The Dude.


IN FOCUS: Actor Kayla Newman (Ellie) on THE WHALE!

Kayla Newman plays "Ellie" in THE WHALE by Samuel D. HunterI hated “Ellie,” but I knew that I had to love her.

That’s precisely the reason that I love this play. There is an obvious reason to hate each character. Each character has their own illness, whether it is mental or physical, that is frustrating or even painful to watch. This same trait makes them relatable to the audience because statistically each audience member has or is probably dealing with one of these illnesses. Regardless of if one would like to diagnose it, it’s probably there.

I knew that I had to love “Ellie” because she is a product of this world.

If I had to prescribe something to this play, it would be empathy. The lack of empathy in the play is astounding and yet so familiar. So much of our culture is saturated in judgments and not being willing to understand where someone comes from. This play allows us to poetically analyze a lot of those judgments, especially obesity.

I realized that my hatred for “Ellie” was actually shame because I am also a product of this world.

I challenge you to leave your judgments in the lobby. Join us on a journey into the complicated and emotional depths of this world, our world. You will have to be vulnerable. It will be scary, but we will be there with you.

 “Ellie” and I have a different challenge ahead of us.


THE WHALE by Samuel D. Hunter runs Feb. 20-March 15, Thursdays-Saturdays at Hyde Park Theatre (511 W. 43rd Street.)

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IN FOCUS: Actor Jon Cook (Elder Thomas) on THE WHALE!

            I first heard of Sam Hunter after getting passed a recommendation to read his A Bright New Boise. I loved it right away for its darkly comedic portrayal of the American midwest, a part of the country that I don't really know much about. I was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana, and have spent the last 10 years of my life living in Texas and hadn't even met a Mormon until my sophomore year of high school. I love The Whale for the same reason.

            In The Whale I am portraying the nineteen year old Mormon missionary Elder Thomas. Now what I love about Thomas is his searching. This kid is out in the world on his own for the first time, looking to validate everything he has been taught in the church, and attempting to prove the power of his God by saving someone else, by helping them find enlightenment. Now the challenge in playing the part comes in finding the sincerity of this character and balancing it with my own creative perspective and the playwrights intentions. I myself am not a Christian, however at a time in my life I would have told you that I was. Actually I was approximately Elder Thomas' age when I realized I didn't agree with everything I had been learning in church. Yet I'm a spiritual person and I have so much love and respect for Thomas and the fact that he is seeking truth.

            So I've been doing research into the Mormonism, trying to grasp a respectful understanding of youths in the church. I want to know what he believes but I also want to know the kind of social pressures and expectations Thomas must face day to day. How does he hold himself around people at the church versus people outside of the church? How does he present himself? What's his posture like? I'm really excited to walk like Thomas! Walk like a Mormon! Is that insensitive? Ha!

            But it's been so fun exploring this material and I'm really excited to start talking about religion more as we move forward. Almost everyone in the rehearsal room and in the audience is going to have some experience and a very particular opinion on organized religion. What I hope to do is depict a young man who is trying so hard to find meaning in his life. At the root of all religion is an honest attempt to find understanding and acceptance of this life force which we all have and which is beautiful and strange and ultimately inexplicable. We're all together in that search.

THE WHALE by Samuel D. Hunter runs Feb. 20-March 15, Thursdays-Saturdays at Hyde Park Theatre (511 W. 43rd Street.)

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IN FOCUS: Actor Erin Barlow (LIZ) on THE WHALE!

          Erin Barlow plays "Liz" in THE WHALE by Samuel D. Hunter  I first read Samuel D. Hunter’s work when I lived in Chicago. My theatre company there, LiveWire Chicago Theatre, gathered to read Hunter’s A Bright New Boise for consideration for our next season. We didn’t know then that A Bright New Boise would go on to win an Obie, and that another of Hunter’s plays, A Permanent Image, would also be in our future. All we knew was it was good. Samuel D. Hunter had written a good play, a play that had cleverly tricked me into having empathy for a character to whom I thought I couldn’t relate. The play’s simple beauty, its ambition, and its decidedly human characters spoke to all of us in the room, and we chose the play for our 2011-12 season. That was also the year that I moved away from Chicago to accompany my husband to Austin, so I was not in the production, nor did I get to see it.

            So, in a way, The Whale feels like home to me. I’m not originally from Chicago, but that city is certainly responsible for the actor I am, as well as my taste in theatre. The Whale is a Chicago play to me: a meaty, complicated play with an ensemble of realistically drawn characters. In The Whale, not all of the answers are clear to the actor, and demanding work has to be done to connect the dialogue with the action. In addition, the audience’s work is laid out before them: seeing these particular characters interact in these heightened circumstances blurs the borders between kindness and cruelty, likability and hostility. It’s a play about humans attempting to connect, fumbling to protect themselves and each other in the best way they know how.

            Working on this play has already proven to be arduous – in a good way, of course. It’s the best kind of work for an actor: a difficult, dirty excavation of Hunter’s text, hopefully resulting in a candid portrayal of a truly human story. I’m honored to finally be working on a Samuel D. Hunter play, and I’m looking forward to sharing the exquisite story of The Whale with you.


THE WHALE by Samuel D. Hunter runs Feb. 20-March 15, Thursdays-Saturdays at Hyde Park Theatre (511 W. 43rd Street.)

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Five Questions for The Whale!

A Chick & A Dude Productions sat down with Co-Artistic Director Shanon Weaver, who is playing the titular role of Charlie in our upcoming production of THE WHALE by Samuel D. Hunter. Weaver is a playwright, actor, and producer. He is a graduate of the American Musical & Dramatic Academy in NYC, and a current BA student in the Theatre & Dance Department at the University of Texas at Austin. He has acted in many productions in Austin, and his plays have been produced, workshopped and/or read in Austin and New York. Here's what he had to say about Charlie and The Whale. Enjoy!


Shanon Weaver plays "Charlie" in THE WHALE

A Chick & A Dude Productions: What drew you to this script?

Shanon Weaver: As producers, Melissa and I had been looking for a script with a story in the same vein as our usual fare: intimate, character driven, challenging, morbidly beautiful. However, we were also interested in breaking free of the…well, “tough guy” niche we’d created for ourselves over the years. We wanted a story that fit with a chick & a dude’s mission statement but still challenged us to broaden our scope of storytelling. We wanted a strong story, strong characters—especially strong female characters. We wanted something that was a perfect blend of intricacy in storytelling facilitated by an elegant simplicity in production. Sam Hunter’s script gives us that—there’s a lot going on, and it’s all anchored to the man on the couch, and how the web falls around him. We couldn’t be more excited.

C&D: What drew you to this role?

SW: Fear. As an actor (God, don’t you hate sentences that begin this way?) I’ve spent the better part of the last decade playing a certain type of character. I find myself most at home on stage in a suit, being a “bad-ass,” drinking, smoking, yelling at other characters, wielding a gun or a baseball bat. Or at least using a dialect. Sometimes all together. This just comes naturally to me; it’s what comprises my proverbial “wheelhouse.” But what good is an actor who can only do one thing? This role terrifies me. That fear excites and challenges me. Complacency is a terrible thing, and it’s time for me to push myself into other roles. A 600-pound gay man is about as far away from Ricky Roma as it gets, and that fear is a tool pushing me toward being a better actor. One should never stop growing, learning, or improving, and terrified as I am, I’m also itching to dive in and see what makes this guy tick. I think I’ve been missing out on that part of being an actor—the sheer joy of discovering a character and fusing them with yourself.

C&D: How are you preparing for the role? (What’s your process?)

SW: In keeping with my answer to the previous question, I’m going back to fundamentals. The old “left-page” of the script is getting full. My copies of A Practical Handbook for the Actor and Mamet’s True and False are seeing more action than they have in years. It’s interesting—with characters I’m used to playing, basics like finding the action, triggers and heaps, etc. are automatic. I know those guys. I don’t know Charlie. So it’s been helpful to go back to “Acting 101,” in a sense, and really do my homework.

As far as physicality, it’s a whole new ballgame. I’ll be wearing a “fat suit,” of course, but the actor must endow that suit with the weight it represents. I’m really researching how a person that size moves; what their range of motion realistically allows them to do. Breathing is a chore at this weight. What does a person this size sound like? How do they breathe? Do they speak normally, loud and fast, and deal with pain? Or, do they speak at a volume and pace that causes the least pain? I have to answer all these questions, then embody them, and do it all honestly. I’m sure there are stranger things to walk in on than a man running lines with his director sitting on his chest…but I can’t think of any right now.

C&D: With what impression would you like to leave your audience?

SW: As is my intention with all theatre, I want the audience to leave the space really thinking about what they’ve just experienced. That’s such a cliché, I know, and I can’t believe I said it, but it’s the truth. I want them to ponder religion and its affect on relationships. I want them to really think about eating disorders and their geneses. Dependency. Suicide. Family. All of it. Most importantly, I want them to realize just how normal what they’ve just seen can be, and be in some way moved by that.

C&D: What does a good production of this script look like, versus a bad production?

SW: Well, obviously I’d like to think a “good production” looks like ours, but that sounds smug. Heh. Not to brown-nose Mr. Hunter, but any production that avoids the elements found in a “bad production” has a more than decent chance of being great, based on the script alone. Now, a “bad production” is one that doesn’t respect the humanity and reality of the story being told. It would be very easy to just point at the fat guy and laugh. Maybe toss a couple of fart noises into the sound design. To make it all a big joke. Sure, this play is hilarious, but it’s also hauntingly beautiful in its flaying open of this man’s world, and the worlds of those around him. To make it a big joke about a big man is to miss the point and do a disservice to the script, the audience, and the playwright. We want to respectful of these characters, what they're going through, and the stories they're telling. Anything less, and it wouldn't be a chick & a dude production.

THE WHALE by Samuel D. Hunter runs Feb. 20-March 15, Thursdays-Saturdays at Hyde Park Theatre (511 W. 43rd Street.)

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THE WHALE by Samuel D. Hunter. Meet the Cast!

The Whale
By Samuel D. Hunter


Mormon country.

An estranged daughter, an ex-wife, a lost Mormon Elder, and a mourning sister orbit the life of a 600-pound recluse as he eats his way to his grave over the death of his boyfriend. Charlie knows he’s going to die, but he has a few loose stings to tie up first, along with some fences to mend. He needs answers. He needs assurances. He needs just one bit of honesty.

Charlie's caretaker, Liz, has been trying to get him to see a doctor. To no avail. Elder Thomas wants to spread the good word of Jesus Christ, as written right here in America, and may have a clue as to what happened to Charlie's boyfriend at the Mormon Church out by the U-Haul. Ellie, Charlie's daughter, is a holy terror...but may be the most genuine person Charlie has ever known. Mary, Charlie's ex-wife, has been drinking. A lot.

What exactly does it mean to be an obese, gay, godless man in a thin, straight, Mormon world? Perhaps Herman Melville knows, but Charlie will do his best to find out with what time he has left.

The Whale runs Thurs-Sat, Feb. 20-March 15, 2014. 8PM.

Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd St.

Tickets are "Pick Your Price" $15-$30 ($10-$30 Thursdays.) On sale December 15.

Directed by Melissa Livingston-Weaver


Erin Barlow (LIZ) is happy to be working with A Chick & A Dude for the first time. Other Austin credits include It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (Penfold Theatre Company), Mad Beat Hip & Gone and Harvey (ZACH Theatre), I.C.U (FronteraFest), The Cataract and Chronicles of Badass Women (UT Austin – Guest Artist). While in Chicago, she worked with LiveWireChicago Theatre, The Hypocrites, and Red Tape Theatre. She earned her B.A. in Drama from the University of Arkansas. Look for Erin this spring in Underbelly Theatre’s Church of the Passionate Cat.





Jon Cook (ELDER THOMAS) is incredibly excited to be working with such a talented cast and crew for his a chick & a dude premier. Recent onstage credits include ZACH Theatre's 2013 premier production of Steven Dietz's Mad, Beat, Hip, and Gone (Rich), Hyde Park Theatre's Tigers Be Still (Zack) and The Aliens (Evan), the latter of which earned him B. Iden Payne and Critic's Table nominations for best actor in a drama. In 2012 Jon played the leading role in the short film Ol' Daddy (Terry), which won gold in the narrative category at the Student Academy Awards. Some highlights while at UT include Steven Mould's premier production of Emergency Prom (Billy), Kyle John Schmidt's Blue Point (Lance), and There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom (Bradley Chalkers), for which he received a B. Iden Payne nomination for Best Performer for Youth Theatre in 2010. He is a performing artist for the Paramount Story Wranglers, a current student-intern at Coldtowne Theatre, and a 2012 graduate from UT's undergraduate Theatre program.


Elizabeth Mason (MARY) is pleased to be returning to the stage after a long hiatus from theater. Her previous credits include Agnes in Bedlam Faction’s Reefer Madness (B. Iden Payne nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy), the Player Queen in Austin Shakespeare Festival’s Hamlet, and various characters in Wayne Allen Brenner’s Double Exposure, Waiting on Godot, and Screwed into the Book of Love. Her recent film credits include Alvaro Torres Crespos’ Small Paranoid Machines and Evan Roberts’ 33 Teeth. This fall she had the pleasure of performing original poetry, fiction, and songs with regular collaborators Wayne Allen Brenner and David Jewell in Two Night Trio. She would like to thank Melissa Livingston-Weaver and Shanon Weaver for the opportunity to come back and play at Hyde Park Theatre.




Kayla Newman (ELLIE) was born and raised in Austin. She received her bachelor degree from the University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance. Kayla is also a company member of Hyde Park Theatre. Both of her affiliations have introduced her to many fabulous people and productions, all of which she is very grateful for. Her previous angsty teen role includes “CB’s Sister” in DOG SEES GOD: CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE BLOCKHEAD (Hyde Park Theatre, 2008). Until THE WHALE opens, you can see her in Poison Apple Initiatives’ WE WERE NOTHING!, December 11-14 and 18-21, and in FronteraFest on January 14th.





Shanon Weaver (CHARLIE) is a Co-Artistic Director/Resident Playwright at A Chick & A Dude Productions. Recent stage credits include Inspector Hubbard in Dial M for Murder (Texas Performing Arts/UT Theatre & Dance,) Asher in HIT., and Roma in Glengarry Glen Ross, both with A Chick & A Dude. His plays have been read, workshopped and/or produced with A Chick & A Dude, Hyde Park Theatre, University of Texas Bridge Festival, NYC Fringe, and NYC's Theatre East. He is a graduate of the American Musical & Dramatic Academy, and is currently pursuing a BA in Theatre & Dance (Playwriting Focus) at the University of Texas. He'd like to thanks his cast, crew, wife, son, and dog--without whom none of this is possible (all of them, not just the dog.)


AUDITIONS! "The Whale" by Samuel D. Hunter!


Mormon country.

An estranged daughter, an ex-wife, a lost Mormon Elder, and a mourning sister orbit the life of a 600-pound recluse as he eats his way to his grave over the death of his boyfriend. Charlie knows he’s going to die, but he has a few loose stings to tie up first, along with some fences to mend. He needs answers. He needs assurances. But does he have the time?

A Chick & A Dude Productions will hold auditions for THE WHALE by Samuel D. Hunter at Hyde Park Theatre (511 W. 43rd Street) on Saturday, November 16, from 12-5 P.M.

THE WHALE will run at HPT Thurs-Saturday Feb 20-March 15, 2014. Directed by Melissa Livingston-Weaver.

Rehearsals start mid-January.

Seeking actors for the following roles:

LIZ- Female, mid-20’s/early 30’s

ELDER THOMAS- Late teens/early 20’s (must pass for 19)

ELLIE- mid-teens/early 20’s (must pass for 17)

MARY- early/late 30’s

The role of CHARLIE (the Whale) is pre-cast.

Auditions will consist of readings from the script.

To schedule an audition slot (morning/afternoon,) please email

Headshots & resumes preferred but not required.

Hyde Park Theatre is located just off the corner of 43rd & Guadalupe, next to Dane’s Body Shop, across the street from The Parlor. The 1M and 1L bus line stops at the corner of 43rd & Guadalupe. Street parking is available on 43rd, along with the lot behind HPT and the covered lot behind The Parlor (not IN The Parlor parking lot.)

Hope to see you there!


Rave Review! HIT. is a HIT! Get Tickets Today!


Weaver's brilliant writing remains constantly gripping. This is a young writer who deserves to be thought of as an up-and-comer in American theater. He has a clear, strong voice that demands to be heard…Though I'm sure many people have and will compare [him] to David Mamet…Weaver is able to give his characters emotional depth that Mamet sometimes attempts but seldom achieves...Hit is a bold, fearless drama…I could also see the show being a massive critical and commercial success on the Great White Way.”

—Jeff Davis,





HIT. by Shanon Weaver Returns to Austin, May 2-18!

HIT. is a noir-crime family drama focused on the bonds between three hit men in a unique family unit.

Contract killers Ervin and Wyatt rescue a young boy—Asher—from an abusive foster family. In Asher, the partners in crime see the heart of a killer, and decide to raise him together in their own image. Several years later, Asher strikes out on a solo career, Ervin meets an untimely end on the job, and Wyatt finds himself alone in the world. On a night that will determine their destinies, Asher and Wyatt separately accept a job to kill the same man at the same place on the same night—but the target doesn’t show. As they piece together the situation, which could have dire consequences for them both, Asher and Wyatt recall the events of their lives that led them to this moment. Issues of loyalty, responsibility, violence, and alternative-family fatherhood take center stage in this award winning script.

Melissa Livingston-Weaver returns to direct Tom Green (B. Iden Payne Award Nominee 2011— Best Actor, Paradise Key) as Wyatt, Garry Peters (B.I.P Award 2010—Featured Actor, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) as Ervin, playwright Shanon Weaver as Asher, and Gary Livingston-Weaver (the son of the chick & the dude!) in his debut as Teen Asher.

HIT. garnered three B. Iden Payne Awards for the 2002/2003 season, including Outstanding Director of a Drama (Melissa Livingston-Weaver,) Outstanding Cast Performance (Shanon Weaver, Ken Bradley, Joel Citty,) and Outstanding Original Script (Weaver.) In 2005, the show was produced as part of the prestigious New York International Fringe Festival where it was honored with an Overall Excellence Award—Cast Performance.

Praise for HIT.:

“... Melissa Livingston has done a fine job of creating tight and crisp scenes, and the dialogue crackles...There is very little empty space between cues and given the Mamet-esque dialogue, that's how it should be...the ending is a surprise that you don't see coming… more than worth your while to attend.” —Alyssa Simon,

“…Hit. hits the mark… the writing is smart and tight; the dialogue in several scenes is so much fun that it garners applause. Director Melissa Livingston shines as well, creating a great deal of suspense with a very spare set...a terrific and memorable production.” —New York Times Free-lancer Hy Bender


A Steady Rain at Hyde Park Theatre, Feb 21-Mar 9!

A Chick & A Dude Productions presents the Austin premier of Keith Huff’s A Steady Rain. The critically acclaimed script will be performed at Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd St. The show runs Thursdays-Saturdays, February 21-March 9 at 8 PM. Tickets are sliding-scale, $15-$25 ($10-$20 Thursdays.) $10 tickets for Active Duty or retired Military, Police, Firefighters, and EMS available for all shows.

Starring Kenneth Wayne Bradley and Tom Green. Directed by Melissa Livingston-Weaver (2003 B. Iden Payne Award Winner—Best Director of a Drama, 2011 B. Iden Payne Award Nominee—Best Director of a Drama.)

 A Steady Rain tells the story of two Chicago police officers. In the aftermath of a harrowing event, they each present slightly differing accounts. The play is a duologue with both characters always on stage, inhabiting the same space (an interrogation room) at different times. A true story inspires the crux of the play. Issues of friendship, loyalty, substance abuse, racism, fidelity, and violence abound in this piece, ranked number two on Time Magazine’s “Ten Best Plays of 2009.”


Kenneth Wayne Bradley (multiple B. I.P. and A.C.T. Award nominee and winner) plays Denny, a frustrated and outspoken family man. Denny feels cheated out of his hard-earned American dream, and blurs the lines between wrong and right while striving further toward that dream. Tom Green (2011 B. Iden Payne Award nominee for Best Actor) plays Joey, an alcoholic who battles his own morality as he witnesses his partner & best friend’s slide toward the wrong side of the law. Each man struggles with saving what he loves most while not losing himself in the process.


 "a gritty, rich, thick, poetic and entirely gripping noir tale.” —Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

 “…Huff's taut, tough-minded script…takes potentially clichéd material — the moral challenges faced by cops on the urban mean streets — and makes it fresh and compelling.” –Richard Zoglin, Time Magazine

“…less like the perpetual drizzle of its title and more like a snowball that builds to an avalanche.” –Steve Oxman, Variety


Auditions for HIT. this Sunday, October 14!

HIT. is the first show a chick & a dude produced back in 2003, and we're remounting it for a 10-year Anniversary production in 2013!

NEEDED--1 man, 40's-60's, to play the role of Ervin.

Auditions will be held Sunday October 14 from 12-5PM at Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd St.

We'll be reading from the script, so no need to prepare anything. Just bring a headshot & resume.

Please email us at to schedule an audition appointment!



The New Originals on IndieGoGo!

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THE NEW ORIGINALS campaign is live on IndieGoGo!

Click HERE to visit the site! We've got a great campaign going, and we hope you'll consider helping out in any way you can.

We’ve got some great perks this time around, including: digital downloads of the completed film, signed copies of the script, The New Originals T-Shirts, and even Associate Producer credit! That means your name can be on IMDb right next to ours!


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We’re incredibly excited about this project, and we hope you will be too.

Please consider donating to the cause! We can’t do it without YOU!

Thanks in advance!


Crew Call: The New Originals!

A Chick & A Dude Productions seeks crew positions for short film, THE NEW ORIGINALS.

THE NEW ORIGINALS is a 10 minute short film in which the narrative is composed entirely of bits of dialogue from established films.

LOCATION: Frontier Bar, Weberville Rd.

SHOOT DATES/TIME: November 24-26, 4AM-2PM.


Sound Recordist/Boom Op—We’d prefer the sound recordist to be the mixer in post as well, but not necessary.

Gaffer/Best Boy—Best Boy only needed if Gaffer requires one. Willing to work with your preference.

Editor/Sound Mixer—Again, would prefer sound mixer to be the recordist, but not necessary. Prefer experience with sound sweetening/color grading.

P.A.’s/Camera Assistants—Need experience as Camera Assistant, not necessary for P.A.’s, just need a few focused, dedicated and hard working helpers.


We’d prefer you have as much of your own equipment as possible, though you must be proficient in any equipment we’d need to rent.


PAY: Ah, there’s the rub. We understand that artists deserve to be paid for their time and talents, and we plan to pay you as close to what you’re worth as possible. We’ll ask you for a quote on the work you’ll be asked to do. The best quality for the best price will get the job. Which means, if we find someone great who is willing to work for peanuts, that’s who we’ll go with. The plan for this film is a long and healthy festival life, which we’ve already made progress on. If you have incredible talent, but experience & exposure are more important to you than finance at the moment, this may be exactly what you’re looking for.

HOW TO APPLY: Please send us an email at with a resume, related experience, a reel and/or links to where we might view your work, and a ballpark quote for what you expect to be paid for a project of this scope. Please let us know what equipment you have vs. what we’d have to rent. We’ll contact potential applicants for a meeting/interview after reviewing materials.

Any further questions/comments should be directed to


A Chick & A Dude Productions


Hey, You...Wanna Be in a Movie? Auditions for THE NEW ORIGINALS!

a chick & a dude productions is casting two roles for our upcoming short film, THE NEW ORIGINALS.

The New Originals is a scene in bar featuring 4 characters. An off-kilter bartender serves and listens to a drunkard ramble about his problems as a couple enters seeking assistance for their broken-down car. Hilarity ensues as the characters interact. Sounds simple, right? Oh yeah—the ENTIRE narrative is cobbled together using ONLY film quotes.

Auditions will be held on Saturday, September 1st (for the role of "The Guy") and Sunday, September 2nd (for the role of "The Barkeep,") from 12PM-3PM on both days. Auditions will take place at Hyde Park Theatre (511 W.43rd Street.)

SHOOT DATES: 2.5 days, mid-November

Compensation: TBD



THE BARKEEP:  M, 30’s-60’s (SUNDAY SEPT 2.)


Please send head shots/resumes/reels to for appointment.



From Stage to Screen and Back Again! A Chick & A Dude Productions Proudly Presents their 10th Anniversary Season! The New Originals, A Steady Rain, and HIT.!

Folks, we have one word to describe our upcoming season: Game-changing. “But… that’s two words,” you say? Indeed. That’s how changed the game will be. After a decade of ‘keeping Austin weird by keeping Austin thinking’ with compelling and cutting-edge productions, we’ll take our first ever leap from the small stage to the big screen, give a Broadway smash its Austin premiere, and remount the show that started it all 10 years ago. Read on, chicks & dudes.

The New Originals by a chick & a dude productions

This fall, a chick & a dude Austin will re-unite with a chick & a dude L.A. to shoot our first short film: The New Originals. On a lonely night, a wayward couple breaks down in front of a tavern filled with smoke and broken dreams—not to mention some peculiar patrons. Sounds simple, right? Oh, did we mention the ENTIRE script is comprised of film quotes? Some of you may remember this script as our FronteraFest 2011 “Best of the Week” winner! We’re overjoyed to make the move to film, and we hope you’ll keep an eye out for opportunities to be a part of this exciting project! Filming in the fall of 2012!


A Steady Rain by Keith Huff*

February-March 2013, Hyde Park Theatre.

Directed by Melissa Livingston-Weaver. Starring Kenneth Wayne Bradley and Tom Green.

Joey and Denny are Chicago beat-cops (often passed over for promotion) and lifelong friends. When unethical actions on the job bring tragedy on Denny’s family, that friendship is put through the wringer. Issues of loyalty, fidelity, racism, ethics, dependence and more are put on display in this duologue as the characters simultaneously tell their versions of events leading to a deplorable climax—itself based on a grisly true story. A Steady Rain opened on Broadway in September of 2009 for a limited 12-week engagement following its 2007 staging by Chicago Dramatists.  If you’re familiar with our work, you know this piece is right up our alley. We couldn’t be more anxious to sink our teeth into this script and bring you the Austin premiere! *Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. New York City.


HIT. by Shanon Weaver

Summer 2013, Hyde Park Theatre.

Directed by Melissa Livingston-Weaver. Starring Tom Green, Gary Livingston-Weaver, Shanon Weaver, TBA.

As a young boy, Asher was rescued from an abusive foster home by two hit men on a job: Ervin and Wyatt. Asher is raised in their image, and is now one of the best hits in the game. Last year, Ervin was killed, Asher set out on his own, and Wyatt was left to carry the torch. Tonight, however, both Asher and Wyatt have found each other at the same place to do the same job on the same man—but that man isn’t there. Growing up is hard on both fathers and sons when taking life IS your life, and all cards will be on the table before the sun rises. HIT. was our first main stage production in the summer of 2003, and we can think of no better way to celebrate our ten-year anniversary than by bringing back the show that started it all. Our original production was honored with three B. Iden Payne Awards in 2003: Outstanding Original Script (Shanon Weaver,) Outstanding Cast Performance (Kenneth Wayne Bradley, Joel Citty, Shanon Weaver,) and Outstanding Director of a Drama (Melissa Livingston-Weaver.) In 2005, we took the show to the prestigious New York International Fringe Festival, where it garnered an award for Overall Excellence-Ensemble Performance. Don’t miss your chance to see HIT. again, or for the first time!

And there you have it, friends. We feel our upcoming season will be the crown jewel of our ten years in Austin, and we’d like to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for sticking by us. Without our audience, we are nothing, and we hope to continue bringing you even more of the type of work you’ve come to expect from us in the coming years!

Thanks again for coming to our shows these past ten years. We really mean that.

See you soon!

 a chick & a dude productions


Big News Coming Soon!

We'd like to thank everyone for your support of a chick & a dude productions!

Keep watching this space, as we'll soon be announcing our 2012/2013 season!

We're coming back at you soon in a big way. Next season we're bringing you more cutting-edge drama, black comedy, and some fantastic original work! Also, we're making our first leap from stage to screen!

Stay tuned!


Glengarry Glen Ross: Tickets and Trailer Available Now

Please enjoy our trailer for David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross, then purchase tickets before we sell out!

The 1984 Pulitzer Prize winner for Drama, Glengarry Glen Ross, will be performed at Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd Street. The play runs Thursdays-Saturdays, February 23-March 10 at 8 p.m. Tickets are "sliding scale": Thursdays $10-20, Fridays-Saturdays $15-25. For tickets/reservations, visit, call (512) 921-4264 or email The show is directed by Melissa Livingston-Weaver (2003 B. Iden Payne winner for Best Director of a Drama and 2011 B. Iden Payne nominee for Best Director of a Drama).

A dark dramatic comedy, Glengarry follows the lives of four smalltime, cutthroat real estate salesmen grinding out a living by pushing overpriced, undesirable plots of land on reluctant buyers in a never-ending scramble for their share of the American dream. Company big wigs Mitch and Murray declare a month-long 'sales contest'. The top salesman wins a new Cadillac and the bottom two men lose it all--egos, money and their jobs. The four salesmen sweet-talk, plan, and scheme for the perfect client and the hot 'Glengarry' leads, which Mitch and Murray make clear are for 'closers' only. How far will the four go to get to the leads in order to schedule a 'sit' at the perfect victim's residence?

Glengarry is partly informed by the playwright's experiences working in a male-dominated Chicago real estate office in the late 1960s and contains the playwright's trademark staccato and rough language. Many prestigious awards and a 1992 film adaptation by Mamet solidified Glengarry's place as one of the great masterpieces of 20th century drama. Many feel Glengarry is Mamet at his best--writing with brute force--and may be more pertinent now as when it originally opened.

B. Iden Payne award nominee Tom Green plays Shelly "The Machine" Levene, an older, once thriving salesman who has fallen on difficult times. Top salesman Ricky Roma is played by Shanon Weaver, a 2005 FringeNYC(tm) Overall Excellence Award winner and 2003 B. Iden Payne Award winner. Aaron Black portrays George Aaronow, who lacks confidence in his sales skills. Robert L. Berry appears as John Williamson, the office manager, who the salesmen hate but need. Robert Deike plays Dave Moss, an angry loud mouth, and Christopher Loveless portrays James Lingk, a timid man who becomes Roma's client. Baylen, played by Shawn Ferrell, is a police officer investigating an office break-in that the drives the plot.

This production contains very mature themes and strong language.



The New Originals Now Online!

Did you miss The New Originals at FronteraFest in 2011? Fear not, friends! Now you can watch the show in all its glory online, thanks to your friends at a chick & a dude!

The New Originals is a campy dark comedy in which every line of dialouge is mined from a film. EVERY line. See how many you recognize! We think it's the greatest story already told.

Careful though, the show contains course language. You might want to watch with adults. Probably not at work. Especially if you work at a Day Care. Or at a pet shop specializing in talking birds.