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EXIT STRATEGY by Ike Holter, Now Playing at The Rosette from June 21st -July 14th, 2024. 

"At once poetic, political, sad, funny, timely, complex and compassionate, Ike Holter's thrilling, beautiful new play Exit Strategy is the story of the desperate final days of a condemned, crumbling Chicago public school. . . . Holter has forged a riveting 90 minutes."

Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune


The teachers of Tumbldn High School don't live in an inspirational teacher movie. They bring mousetraps from home, they make the toilet paper last, and they show up for the kids nobody else shows up for. So when the school is slated for closure at the end of the year, and the weight of the inevitable bears down on the community. Students and teachers alike discover their breaking points.

This crisp, current play follows the multi-faceted journeys of the teachers, vice-principal, and a savvy yet savage student in the days leading up to their high-school’s (inevitable?) closure. 

The ensemble cast features Edwin Lucas Anderson as Donnie, Adriana Boyd-Lewis as Sadie, Jennifer Gonzalez as Pam, Madison Palomo as Jania, Darren Scharf as Arnold, Ismael Soto III as Luce and Payton Trahan as Ricky.





















This production is directed by Rodolfo Robles Cruz. The stage manager is Caitlin Grammer. The technical director is Robyn Conner and the lighting designer is Llailan Bennett. 

The play runs 90 minutes split into two acts of approximately 45 minutes. There is a 15 minute intermission.

Drinks and snacks are available for purchase in the lobby and can be taken into the theater.

Please be advised:

This show broaches the subject of suicide and contains coarse language, therefore it may not be suitable for children under the age of 14 or patrons sensitive to these elements. While there are no guns in the show, an offstage gunshot sound effect is used.

From July 21st to August 13th 2023, audiences joined us for an exciting evening of thought provoking laughter at the beautiful Rosette Theater in The Baker Center.

Show synopsis

Because in the end, we're all animals.
A playground altercation between eleven-year-old boys brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses, and the rum flows, tensions emerge and the gloves come off, leaving the couples with more than just their liberal principles in tatters.

This dark comedy premiered in London's West End in 2008 with the first Broadway production opening in 2009 starring James Gandolfini, Marcia Gay Harden, Hope Davis and Jeff Daniels. The play won the Lawrence Olivier Award for Best Comedy in 2009. Roman Polanski directed the 2011 film adaptation called  'Carnage' with John C. Reilly, Jodi Foster, Christoph Waltz and Kate Winslet.​

This production is directed by Robyn Conner.​

With Jill Klopp Turner as Veronica Novak, Peter Young as Michael Novak, Chuck Winkler as Alan Raleigh and Shannon Embry as Annette Raleigh.

Stage Manager is Jennifer Gonzalez. Lighting Design by Casey Prowell. Sound Design by Samantha Garcia Nunez.

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"Dark comedy at its best."

BroadwayWorld Austin

Additional Past Shows

Beyond August at Frontera Fest 2023!  


Presenting Sean Sweeney's new play

HEAVEN (By Way of Suicide)

Short Fringe


A family comes together as the father, who is terminally ill, prepares to take his own life in lieu of suffering. Each member of the family is forced to reconcile their past discrepancies, while confronting their own religious beliefs. A (very) dark comedy. 

Featuring Beyond August's Jill Klopp Turner as well as fellow The Outsider cast member, Darren Scharf.


Played October 1st-16th, 2022 at The Rosette Theater, Austin 

Directed by Jeff Hinkle 

"Political comedy is a tough game these days — not only have those two terms become pretty much redundant, but ultimately (and paradoxically) it can be hard to muster a laugh at the more tragic real-life consequences of policy-making.


But with “The Outsider,” Paul Slade Smith has managed to write a play about politics that’s not only genuinely and consistently funny, but has something eloquent to say about the meaning of leadership."

San Diego Union-Tribune

Amongst a political scandal, Lieutenant Governor Ned Newley, a bumbling wallflower with a paralyzing fear of public speaking, suddenly finds himself thrust into the Governor's chair. Though Ned seems destined to fail in his new role, his political consultants believe that his obvious shortcomings may prove to be his ticket to widespread popularity.

The Cast of THE OUTSIDER: Michael Stuart as Governor Ned Newley, Tim Blackwood as Arthur Vance, Patrick Wheeler as Dave Riley, Shannon Embry as Paige Caldwell, Robyn Conner as Louise Peakes, Jill Klopp Turner as Rachel Parsons, Darren Scharf as A.C. Petersen.

Stage Manager: Mindy Griffin

Read our great reviews here!



October 2021, Trinity Street Playhouse

WONDER OF THE WORLD marked Beyond August Productions' debut. This dark comedy was produced in partnership with City Theatre at Trinity Street Playhouse.


Jill Klopp

Robyn Conner

Patrick Wheeler

Shannon Embry

Kevin Anderson

Kirk Kelso

Jennifer Gonzalez

Directed by Andy Berkovsky

Stage Manager: Cris Skinner

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