Austin Shakespeare returns live, outdoors for music at Esquina Tango’s new open-air stage for two sets of “Words & Music” Cabaret

Sunday, October 18th •  1st Set 7:00pm – 8:00pm & 2nd Set 8:30pm  – 9:30pm.

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You may bring your own beverage and snacks!


Popular singer, Kara Bliss will join with her long-time pianist Austin Haller with Songs featuring wonderful words and gorgeous music including composers such as Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter, and Noel Coward.  Added attraction is a special in-person appearance by King and Queen of the Fairies from Austin Shakespeare’s upcoming online A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Sam Mandelbaum and Gwendolyn Kelso and Lisa Young as “Peaseblossom.” Kara and Austin are joined by ace musicians Utah Hamrick on bass and Andy Beaudoin on percussion.

BIOS: Kara Bliss and Austin Haller have been making music together for more than ten years, from opera to musical theater to the jazz-pop mashups of recent years. Kara began her musical life as a classical violinist and evolved into acting for theater and film.  She has given award-winning performances with Austin Shakespeare and other local companies and is also a business executive, photographer, and the proprietor of Birdie House, a historic lodging in Lockhart Texas. Pianist Austin Haller is a recipient of Austin Critics’ Table and B. Iden Payne Awards for Music Direction has music-directed for Austin Shakespeare’s Sunday in the Park with George and its Parker Jazz cabaret series.

MORE: Singer and actor Kara Bliss is a multiple award honoree by the Austin Circle of Theaters and Austin Critics’ Table and is a veteran of Central Texas theatre, including Austin Shakespeare, Zach, the State, Paramount, and City Theatre. Pianist Austin Haller serves as organist with Conspirare and the Austin Symphony. Kara and Austin’s reinventions of jazz standards and musical theatre gems offer a heady mix of nostalgia and surprise and have described as “a touch of old school with a modern insouciance.”

ABOUT AUSTIN SHAKESPEARE: “The Bard is only the beginning.”  Audiences travel many roads with this professional company for surprising and entertaining theater productions featuring heightened language these days on Zoom, Facebook, and YouTube and live at The Long Center’s Rollins Studio Theatre in the fall and spring, as well as Free Summer Shakespeare in Zilker Park and Young Shakespeare at the Curtain Theatre replica. Founded in 1984 and the only professional classical theater company in Central Texas, Austin Shakespeare stages performances that are fresh, bold, imaginative, thought-provoking and eminently accessible — connecting the truths of the past with the challenges and possibilities of today.