STRANGE, BUT PERFECT
By CARLO LORENZO GARCIA
Directed by A. SKOLA SUMMERS
2 - 18, 2021
at Hyde Park Theatre
The year 2020 was a never-ending river of bad news, when Charlie, a marketing assistant from New York, decides to quarantine in rural America at his Grandma Margie’s house, he’s greeted by Dee, a local townie who has been acting as a caretaker for his Grandma. The culture clash of worlds and words brings to light the best and worst of what 2020 has had to offer. STRANGE, BUT PERFECT is a hilarious, sweet and somber play that is a comforting salve for a crap year.
2022 B. Iden Payne Awards
Award for Outstanding Small Cast (6 or fewer)
Award for Outstanding Lead in a Comedy (Natalie D. Garcia
Nomination for Outstanding Direction of a Comedy
Nomination for Outstanding Properties Design
Nomination for Outstanding Lead in a Comedy
Nomination for Outstanding Set Design
Nomination for Outstanding Production of a Comedy
Nomination for Outstanding Sound Design
Nomination for Outstanding Original Script
cast & creative
Natalie is honored to be working with the Street Corner Arts gang for the third time! She is originally from Chicago, where she worked as an actor, writer, and producer before moving to Austin in 2016. You may have seen her in SCA's recent digital production of THE SPIN, nominated for Best Performer - Digital Live or in SCA’s last live production, as Midge in THE BUTCHER OF BARABOO, for which she won a B. Iden Payne Award for Best Actress in a Comedy, or around town pre-COVID times as Fefu in FEFU AND HER FRIENDS (Filigree), Lise in THE MAGIC FIRE (Different Stages), Vanessa in SIGNIFICANT OTHER (Jarrott Productions) , or as part of the ensemble in SELF PORTRAITS (Bottle Alley Theatre). She resides in East Austin with her amazing husband Carlo (yes, that Carlo) and their adorable pup dogs Karate and DeeDee. She would like to thank her mom and dad for always supporting her in her artistic endeavors!
Carlo Lorenzo Garcia is an actor/director/writer/designer who previously performed with Street Corner Arts in POCATELLO & JUNK and directed THE BUTCHER OF BARABOO, winner of 6 B. Iden Payne Awards. Most recently, he wrote and performed A PORTRAIT OF MY MOTHER with Jarrott Productions, nominated for 5 B. Iden Payne Awards and winner of Outstanding Lead Performer - Digital Live. Other acting credits include work with Goodman Theatre, Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co., Strawdog Theatre Company, Shrewd Productions, Walkabout Theater Company at Lookingglass, Vineyard Arts Project and more. Film work includes Empire, Chicago P.D., and more. Carlo is a company of Street Corner Arts, Jarrott Productions, and an artistic associate with Teatro Vista. He would like to thank his partner, Natalie for inspiring him everyday. Up Next, Carlo will be appearing in Jarrott Productions' THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT at Ground Floor Theatre in March 2022. | www.carlogarcia.com
A. SKOLA SUMMERS
Andrea Skola Summers is an artist and educator in Austin, TX. She is a co-founding member of Street Corner Arts and a Core Company Member of Hyde Park Theatre. Skola has directed SCA shows: Perfect Mendacity, Skylight, The Great God Pan, The North Plan, A Walk in the Woods, Gruesome Playground Injuries, and Men of Tortuga.
Ashton Bennett Murphy is a projection designer, scenic painter, and technician living in Austin, Texas. She received her BA in Theatre and Dance from the University of Texas at Austin in 2018, and has since been working full time at Texas Performing Arts as a Project Specialist and Lecturer in the College of Fine Arts at UT. Murphy freelances around Austin as a Stage Manager, Painter, and Designer, and has thoroughly enjoyed working on this show with Street Corner Arts. She is immensely thankful to have had the opportunity to work with this talented group of people. | www.ashtonbennettmurphy.com
Shelby is a lighting designer and master electrician who has worked in countless theatres/event venues across both Austin and Houston, and is thrilled to be returning to Street Corner Arts. She studied technical theatre at Southwestern University and has been the resident lighting designer with ONE Academy of Dance for the last seven years. Recent design credits include GISELLE (ONE Academy of Dance), THE FUTURE OF ISMAEL (GenEnCo), and BULL (Street Corner Arts). Crew highlights include two seasons with The Alley Theatre, SUPERBOWL LI, Tal Lostracco's Theatre Camp, and THE DAILY SHOW. Most of her time is spent programming, whether it be a lighting cue or a decidedly less entertaining computer project for her day job.
2nd Unit Camera
Jason is an actor, editor, producer, and writer based in Austin, TX. He was most recently seen in SCA’s digital production of THE SPIN as Paul McGuire and Ground Floor Theatre’s production of DEX AND ABBEY as Dex. Jason was recently nominated for an B Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Editing of A PORTRAIT OF MY MOTHER by Jarrot Productions. He would like to thank his amazing family, Abbey and Charles, for their continued love and support.
Joshua Hanson is a musician, actor and stand-up comedian based in Chicago, IL. He has studied with The Second City Training Center (Conservatory, Comedy Writing and Music Directors Programs), iO (formally Improv Olympic), and Annoyance Productions. He and his wife, Meg White (not that Meg White) play in their band, Parallelicopter and brew their own beer as Punky Brewer. | www.sarcasmic.com
Kasia is an actor, writer, and marketing director currently based in Chicago, IL. In the "before times," she appeared in many award-winning plays, films, and national commercials. She has also provided several voice-overs for radio, TV, and web. She is thrilled to be making her way back home to the stage and screen after an (ahem) brief hiatus and grateful to be able to see live theatre again with all of you! www.KasiaJanuszewski.com
Jose is the Creative Director of Magic Spoon Productions, a video production company based in Austin, TX. For the last ten years, he has worked with the Austin theater community to capture performances for feature releases, archival documentation and promotional purposes. With passions rooted in story-telling, he has worked with creative talent, artists, musicians, and both commercial and non-profit organizations to produce visual works that inform, educate, and inspire. | www.magicspoonproductions.com
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Mike is delighted to be back working with Street Corner Arts for a second time, after working on SCA's virtual production of THE SPIN. Austinites may have seen Mike in GUYS & DOLLS (Zilker Park), THE BREMEN TOWN MUSICIANS (Second Youth), numerous productions with the Austin Commedia Society, or an improv jam at ColdTowne. In Chicago, Mike worked as an actor with many companies including The Factory Theater, Lifeline Theatre, AdventureStage, Strawdog, and The House Theatre. Two of Mike’s plays were produced in Chicago - DATING & DRAGONS (Factory Theater) and CAPT STEVE’S CARING KINGDOM (Factory Theater). TV credits include CHICAGO FIRE (NBC). He is represented by Pastorini-Bosby.