The Overtime Theater in San Antonio – a nonprofit community theater whose focus is on showcasing fresh, original and local talent – continues to stretch the boundaries of ingenuity in their upcoming shows.
"We do a wide variety of different formats, serials, musicals – all different kinds of plays," explains Rob Barron, The Overtime's communications director. Sometimes, he even gets involved in what's onstage.
Catch these upcoming shows set for The Overtime's stage soon (and keep your eyes out for Barron).
The Overtime Theater's staging of "Family Reservations" — Photo courtesy of The Overtime Theater
How to Play the Game
Now to Sept. 26, 2015
How to Play the Game is a musical, or more specifically a rock opera with very little dialogue, written by local playwrights Barron and Jules Vaquera.
Grant is a small town gambler in love with Gwen. A big-time gambler named Shaw sends a con man named Kevin to convince Grant to play in a poker tournament in New Orleans. Grant goes and meets Emma, a local call girl who works for Shaw.
Emma falls in love with Grant, but Kevin is already in love with Emma, while Shaw just wants everybody’s money. Emma visits a voodoo doctor to procure a love potion in an effort to win Grant's love, but the voodoo doctor is really Kevin in disguise!
As the poker tournament begins, the audience must wait to see if Emma will win Grant's love or if Grant will stay with Gwen, if Kevin will confess his love to Emma and if Shaw will win the jackpot.
The theme is about love, poker and finding a place for yourself in the world. And the play's filled with dance, music, singing and celebration.
Sept. 11, to Oct. 10, 2015
For this innovative and interactive play about a family-run restaurant, the theater has built a kitchen on stage that will be used to cook real dishes. Plus, samples will be served to the audience during the play.
"I play a large German woman in the kitchen in this one," says Barron.
In Family Reservations, Russell Calderwood – the owner of Calderwood's restaurant – has just died. To save the restaurant, Russell's three children come up with a scheme to scam Food Network in order to get the $50,000 they need to save the restaurant.
It's the most important night for the restaurant ever. The question is, can they pull it off by working together?
What's Next for The Overtime
The Overtime Theater is in the midst of evaluating 1,000 recent submissions, all clamoring to be included in next year's schedule. With so few theaters in the United States purposefully looking to showcase original, never-seen-before performance art, The Overtime feels like a rare treat!
Make sure to check their website for upcoming shows.