Founded in 1995 by David Yeakle, Ellen Reeder, Art Davis, and Cindy Davis, Tongue and Groove Theatre is dedicated to the seamless integration of the disciplines of mask, mime, music, dance, puppetry and acting, resulting in a unified theatrical expression.

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Opening Friday, May 22, at 8pm.

Tongue and Groove Theatre is proud to present King of Hearts, an original stage adaptation of the French film of the same name, running May 22 – June 6 at Salvage Vanguard Theatre, 2803 E. Manor Road, Austin, TX.

Set in a small French village during WWI, this whimsical anti-war allegory features sets by Ia Enstera, lighting by Natalie George, and a cast of dozens guided by artistic director David Yeakle.

Opening performance is Friday, May 22, at 8pm. All Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows are at 8pm; Sunday shows are at 6pm. Tickets to performances May 22 – May 31 are $15; closing weekend performances, June 4, 5, and 6 are $20. Group discounts are available for 10 or more. Tickets will be available online through brown paper tickets.

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Tongue and Groove Theatre is a sponsored project of the Austin Creative Alliance. This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

The Red Balloon Video

In May of 2010, Tongue and Groove Theatre partnered with Austin’s The Long Center for the Performing Arts to present an encore performance of The Red Balloon, a stage adaptation of the 1956 French film Le Ballon Rouge.

Under the direction David Yeakle, the critically-acclaimed production featured original animation by Leah Lovise, and music composed and conducted by Justin Sherburn.

The production won five 2008 B. Iden Payne Awards and two Austin Critics’ Table Awards.

Read reviews of The Red Balloon here.