As an encore run of The Rocky Horror Show finishes up on the Zachary Scott mainstage (April 1), a quieter show about a loud mind gets under way March 30 on the Whisenhunt Arena Stage. The Texas theatre will present former Zachary Scott artistic director Alice Wilson's new one-man show, Bucky, based on the life of inventor and architect Buckminster Fuller, opening March 31 for a run through April 22.
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.
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.
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