Austin, TX’s Zachary Scott Theatre has had its fill of Fuller. Former artistic director Alice Wilson’s one-person show, Bucky, based on the life of inventor and architect Buckminster Fuller, ends its scheduled run April 22. The world premiere opened March 31.
Houston actor and trial lawyer Brad Armstrong stars as Bucky. Wilson is the author of many plays, mostly for youth, including Flashback (published in 1979), From the land of the Feathered Serpent, Poe and Workin' Texas.
Born cross eyed and kicked out of Harvard twice, Fuller excited and angered intellectuals, architects and designers with his various ideas, including the Dymaxion House (1927) and Dymaxion Car (1933). The latter, for example, had three wheels, seated 11 and made a remarkable 30 miles to the gallon. In 1948, while serving as a professor of architecture, he created the geodesic dome, chosen as the design for the United States Pavillon at Expo '67 in Montreal, where it still stands. In his latter years, Fuller mostly lectured, taking his message that science and technology would save humankind around the world.
Tickets are $19-$16. The Zachary Scott Theatre is located at 1510 Toomey Road. For tickets, call (512) 476-0541 ext. 1. The Zachary Scott Theatre is on the web at http://www.zachscott.com.
-- By Christine Ehren