The crane flies have arrived in Fort Worth, and this year, they're here in droves.

Fragile, leggy, and whisper-light, crane flies are most often found around streams and lakes. But at certain times of year, they show up in urban areas, hovering and bobbing around houses and doorways.

If you live in certain areas — green, suburban areas — you've surely encountered them or seen complaints on your cranky Facebook neighborhood page. This, even though they don't bite or want to bother you in any way.

To bug experts like Janet Hurley, an Extension Program Specialist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, their arrival means one thing: Spring is officially here.

If they seem to be in larger numbers, it's, as usual, related to weather.

"The weather has been warmer, and we've had a number of damp days," Hurley says. "We've also had an unusual 2023, with spring bouncing in and out for a couple months. They usually show up during or right before spring break. But we all joke that if you see the crane fly, you won’t be seeing freezing temperatures again."

Of all the pests Texas must endure, crane flies have to be the most innocuous. Now-retired Texas A&M entomologist Mike Merchant called them "among the gentlest of insects."

It's a myth that they prey on or are related to mosquitoes. Crane flies are larger, and unlike mosquitos, their wings do not have scales. They also don't want your blood. They live on fat reserves built up during their larval stage.

They live short but amorous lives. Their sole purpose is to mate and make more crane flies for next spring.

Hurley says that they might be a nuisance but to consider the alternatives.

"Once they're gone, the mosquitoes come in," she says.

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4-day Americana festival rolls out the camping mats this spring in Central Texas

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Music festivals are one of the best reasons to road-trip to the Austin area. The 2023 OId Settler’s Music Festival, taking place April 20-23, will bring in some of the best names in folk, Americana, and Southern traditions.

This means 28 groups and solo artists across four days of camping and enjoying the outdoors in Dale, about 45 minutes southeast of Austin (near Lockhart).

Old Settler’s Homestead, a 145-acre ranchland, has been hosting this barn dance, so to speak, for 36 years. Over time, it’s succeeded in drawing some major talents, but stayed grounded. These approachable sounds are great for visitors new to the fray:

  • Yola sounds like the American South but hails from the United Kingdom. The powerful singer is known for her emotional rawness over smooth instrumental arrangements, both leaning into genre conventions (country, soul, disco, and beyond) and floating stoically above them.
  • The Wood Brothers bring the poetry to the festival, and that’s saying something in such a lyric-heavy genre. The trio has stuck together for nearly two decades and been in the industry even longer, and the wisdom comes through the introspective acoustic-electric jams.
  • Shovels & Rope play with chemistry, abundant between Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst, whose weathered, twangy voices bring a frankness to dramatic songwriting. This duo could play their own festival as moods and styles change from track to track.
  • Shinyribs is a warning from Austin to anyone who thinks folk music is always reserved. Frontman Kevin Russell, initially from Beaumont, is known for his performance antics — a force to be reckoned with, or otherwise, willingly swept up in.
  • Buffalo Nichols is turning the green venue blue with twangy slide guitar and a rich, nearly gravelly voice. The singer commanded a small, but dense crowd at his first year at Austin City Limits Festival in 2022, with a mellow tone amid the madness.
  • Matt the Electrician represents more country than many on the lineup, and has been active in the Austin music scene since 1998. His songwriting comes from cerebral origins, but sounds welcoming and promises easy listening as the festival rolls on.
  • Ley Line, also from Austin, is a standout for its comparatively exotic style. The four women sing in English, Portuguese, Swahili, and more, reminding fans in attendance — mostly seeking Americana — that the sphere of folk music extends far beyond our own borders.

In addition to the main attraction — the music — there will be food and artisan vendors, music workshops, and a youth talent competition. The camping, powered with renewable energy, sprawls around the active performance area, and the festival prides itself on the atmosphere away from the stages.

Old Settler’s is a 501(c)(3) organization staffed by volunteers, so in addition to providing a good time, it aims to foster a lasting appreciation for Americana and the human connections available through it.

"This is one of the greatest festivals I've ever been a part of,” said Kevin Russell of Shinyribs in a press release. “In fact, I think of this as my home festival."

Tickets (starting at $60, kids under 12 free) to Old Settler’s Music Festival 2023, from April 20-23, are currently on sale at prekindle.com.

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Amazon rolls out hundreds of new electric vans for Dallas-Fort Worth's holiday delivery season

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Amazon CEO/occasional space traveler Jeff Bezos is doing his best to supplant a certain jolly fellow from the North Pole as tops for holiday gift delivery.

His latest move: Amazon is rolling out more than 1,000 electric delivery vehicles, designed by electric vehicle manufacturer Rivian, ready to make deliveries in more than 100 cities across the U.S. On the Texas good list: Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and Austin. Bezos' juggernaut began some deliveries in DFW in July, along with Baltimore, Chicago, Kansas City, Nashville, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle, and St. Louis.

These zero-emissions vans have delivered more than 5 million packages to customers in the U.S., according to Amazon. The latest boost in vehicles now also includes Boston; Denver; Indianapolis; Las Vegas; Madison, Wisconsin; Newark, New Jersey; New York, Oakland, California; Pittsburgh, Portland, Oregon; Provo, Utah; and Salt Lake City.

Plans for the Amazon and Rivian partnership call for thousands of vehicles on the road by the end of the year and 100,000 vehicles by 2030.

“We’re always excited for the holiday season, but making deliveries to customers across the country with our new zero-emission vehicles for the first time makes this year unique,” said Udit Madan, vice president of Amazon Transportation, in a statement. “We’ve already delivered over 5 million packages with our vehicles produced by Rivian, and this is still just the beginning — that figure will grow exponentially as we continue to make progress toward our 100,000-vehicle goal.”

This all comes as part of Amazon's commitment to reaching net-zero carbon by 2040, as a part of its The Climate Pledge; Amazon promises to eliminate millions of metric tons of carbon per year with it s commitment to 100,000 electric delivery vehicles by 2030, press materials note.

Additionally, Amazon announced plans to invest more than $1 billion over the next five years to further electrify and decarbonize its transportation network across Europe. This investment is meant to spark innovation and encourage more public charging infrastructure across the continent.

“Fleet electrification is essential to reaching the world’s zero-emissions goal,” said Jiten Behl, chief growth officer at Rivian, in a statement. “So, to see our ramp up in production supporting Amazon’s rollout in cities across the country is amazing. Not just for the environment, but also for our teams working hard to get tens of thousands of electric delivery vehicles on the road. They continue to be motivated by our combined mission and the great feedback about the vehicle’s performance and quality.”

A little about the vans: Drivers’ favorite features include a spacious cabin and cargo area, superior visibility with a large windshield and 360-degree cameras, and ventilated seats for fast heating and cooling — a must for Dallas-Fort Worth summers ... or winters, for that matter.

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Fort Worth gets serious about trees with new urban forest program

Tree News

Fort Worth has taken a big green step: Partnering with the Texas Trees Foundation, the city has created the first Fort Worth Urban Forest Master Plan (UFMP), to protect, expand, and manage its green infrastructure.

The UFMP will provide tools to preserve, care for, and grow the city’s forest resources more effectively. Goals include:

  • identifying priority planting and preservation areas
  • identifying partners who can invest in the growth of the urban forest
  • creating a centralized vision for the urban forest

Forests in urban areas make cities more sustainable and resilient.

In a statement, Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker lists some of the green benchmarks the city has already achieved including being the oldest and longest-running Tree City USA in Texas since 1978, and designating a wildlife sanctuary in 1964 which later became the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge. Fort Worth's not slacking, people.

“The creation of a Fort Worth Urban Forest Master Plan is providing the next steps in implementing the protection of our natural landscape that residents will enjoy for generations to come," Parker says.

Texas Trees Foundation has been addressing urban forestry issues in North Texas for 40 years, but mostly in Dallas, says CEO Texas Trees Foundation Janette Monear, with projects such as their Cool Schools Program and NeighborWoods Program.

"We are delighted to now be doing the same in the City of Fort Worth to spotlight the importance of urban forestry and tree benefits,” Monear says.

The Texas Trees Foundation has donated $250,000 in the form of sponsorships and donations from partners that include Wells Fargo, Atmos Energy, Fort Worth-based Nicholas Martin Jr. Family Foundation, and BNSF Railway. The city is contributing $50,000 toward the project, utilizing Tree Fund Collections.

The next step: get community feedback. Fort Worth residents, business community members, and visitors are encouraged to share ideas by taking a survey at https://bit.ly/FortWorthUFMP. The survey closes at the end of February 2023.


Dallas-Fort Worth is first in U.S. to test Walmart's cute new Canoo EVs

EV News

Walmart is deploying a fleet of new electric delivery vehicles, and the first place they're trying them out is none other than Dallas-Fort Worth.

According to a release, Walmart signed up in July to buy 4,500 all-electric delivery vehicles from Canoo, a high-tech mobility company based in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Walmart bought Canoo's Lifestyle Delivery Vehicle (LDV), an adorable rounded van that will be driven by Walmart employees to deliver online orders, groceries, and general merchandise.

The LDV is expected to hit the road widely in 2023, but first they're refining the configuration with a test run in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Canoo's LDV is an all-American commercial EV optimized for sustainable "last mile" delivery use cases. It's engineered for high frequency stop-and-go deliveries and speedy vehicle to door drop-off, including groceries and food/meal delivery.

The cargo space is 120 cubic feet, with a modular design, designed for small package delivery, and small enough to be driven like a regular car, says Canoo CEO, chairman, and investor Tony Aquila in a statement.

"Our LDV has the turning radius of a small passenger vehicle on a parking friendly, compact footprint, yet the payload and cargo space of a commercial delivery vehicle," Aquila says. "This is the winning algorithm to seriously compete in the last mile delivery race, globally."

The LDVs will also potentially be used for Walmart GoLocal, their delivery-as-a-service business.

"By continuing to expand our last mile delivery fleet in a sustainable way, we’re able to provide customers and Walmart+ members with even more access to same-day deliveries while keeping costs low," says Walmart senior VP David Guggina.

It'll also allow Walmart to deliver online orders in a sustainable way that contributes to their goal of achieving zero-emissions by 2040.

In addition to dedicated fulfillment centers, Walmart uses 3,800 of its stores to fulfill online orders. The retailer currently does this using a combination of Walmart associates, independent contractors driving on the Spark Driver Network, third-party delivery service providers, and in some locations, autonomous vehicles and drones, to make deliveries.

Last year Canoo, chose Walmart's hometown Bentonville, Arkansas, as its headquarters and Pryor, Oklahoma, as the site for its U.S. manufacturing — establishing an EV ecosystem in the heartland.

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North Texas group shares must-know tips to save your trees during heat wave

Tree News

Fort Worth is in the throes of a heat wave, with no rain for a month and drying winds, and a Texas tree group has advice on what we need to be doing for our trees.

According to the Texas Trees Foundation, a nonprofit tree planting organization dedicated to greening North Central Texas, you need to prioritize trees over other landscape plants, including lawns.

In times of drought and water restrictions, a lawn left unwatered can go dormant and turn brown without dying. Even if it does die, a lawn can be re-established in a single season.

A large tree cannot.

How to water
During a drought, a tree requires irrigation, with the goal of sustaining the tree, versus watering to make it grow.

Trees should be watered slowly and deeply. No sprinklers. Those are for lawns, not for trees. Use a bubbler, drip emitters, or a hand-held hose to deliver water to the tree’s root zone. Water the soil one to two feet deep each time you water and let the surface dry between waterings.

Deep watering encourages deep rooting — and deep roots are the best way for a tree to survive a drought.

The simplest method of watering: turn your garden hose on a slow trickle and leave it in different zones within the "dripline" until you can easily insert a screwdriver into the soil.

The dripline is the edge of the tree's branches outward. Don't water trees at the trunk. As a basic rule of thumb, apply water in a circular band that’s at least half as wide as the distance from the trunk to the dripline.

Time for a checklist:

  • The best time for summer watering is in the morning or evening, from 7 pm to 8 am.
  • Avoid watering during the hottest part of the day, 10 am-6 pm, since water will get lost in evaporation.
  • Remove grass and excess plant competition from around any tree to decrease water stress. Many plants, including grass, can compete within the soil root zone for available water. This water competition can be severe.
  • Use mulch to conserve water and prevent weed competition. Mulch is a tree's best friend. Besides minimizing evaporation of soil moisture and limiting rainwater runoff, mulch also protects the tree from mower and weed trimmer damage. Wood chips and shredded bark can be used for mulch. Cover the area with mulch about 2 to 3 inches deep, taking care to avoid the area next to the tree’s trunk.

Don't use fertilizer and don't prune your tree during summer months, since it can cause more stress. Fertilizers promote growth that the tree cannot sustain under unfavorable conditions, and pruning off leaves takes food away from an already stressed tree. The only pruning that should be done is to remove dead branches or any branches that pose a hazard.

Signs of distress
Drought is defined by a relatively long duration with substantially below-normal precipitation, usually occurring over a large area. During times of drought, a lack of moisture can cause trees to suffer from drought stress. 2022 marks the eighth driest year in Texas over the past 128 years.

One early sign of stress on a tree during drought is wilted leaves. Another sign is leaf scorching, when the edges of leaves or the space between a leaf’s veins turns brown.

When a tree begins to exhibit signs of drought stress, irrigation must begin immediately to avoid long-term damage to the tree. Drought and high temperatures deliver a one-two punch to trees. Trees exhale moisture from their leaves in a process called transpiration. As temperatures climb, transpiration kicks into overdrive. During a drought, there isn’t enough water in the soil to replenish the water lost. When this happens, trees adopt survival strategies that can stress and weaken them.

Established in 1982, the Texas Trees Foundation manages the nation’s largest nonprofit urban tree farm and plants trees on public property. If you are interested in a planting project in your community call 214-953-1184 or visit their website at www.texastrees.org.

Texas Trees Foundation’s Urban Forester Rachel McGregor says you should not ignore local water use restrictions. But ideally, you irrigate established trees once every two weeks during the growing season.

"Trees provide an enormous asset to our landscape by reducing heating and cooling cost in our homes, cleaning the air we breathe, increasing our mental and physical health, decreasing storm water runoff, and many other benefits," McGregor says.

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'Yellowstone' stars to greet fans at Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

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Yellowstone fans, get your comfy shoes ready - there'll be a long line for this one. Cole Hauser a.k.a. "Rip Wheeler" on Yellowstone, and Taylor Sheridan, the show's co-creator, executive producer, and director of the series, will meet fans and sign autographs at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.

The event will take place from 4:30-6:30 pm only on Friday, February 3. Location is the 6666 Ranch booth near the south end of Aisle 700 in the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Exhibits Hall.

According to a February 2 announcement from FWSSR, "fans will have the opportunity to snag an autograph as well as purchase some distinctive Yellowstone and 6666 Ranch merchandise while also enjoying all the features the Stock Show offers."

The event is free to attend (with paid Stock Show admission) and open to the public.

It's the second year in a row for Hauser to appear at FWSSR; in 2022, he and fellow cast mates drew huge crowds.

Sheridan, a Paschal High School graduate, is no stranger to Fort Worth; he lives in a ranch near Weatherford and filmed 1883, the prequel to Yellowstone, in and around Fort Worth. Currently, another spinoff, 1883: The Bass Reeves Story, is filming in North Texas.

The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is winding up its 2023 run on Saturday, February 4.

These are the 12 best things to do around Fort Worth this weekend

Weekend event planner

If it weren't for the presence of a certain pop superstar, this weekend around Fort Worth-Arlington would be defined by theater, with two national tours and two local productions taking place. Other choices include two art events, three other concerts, a celebration of indigenous culture, and more.

Below are the best ways to spend your precious free time this weekend. Want more options? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.

Thursday, March 30

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Taylor Swift will play at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, March 31-April 2.

Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents "Avedon’s West"
Originally scheduled to open on April 1, "Avedon's West" got an early opening last week at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. This spring marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Richard Avedon, a renowned fashion and portrait photographer. The Carter is showcasing 13 works of art from the acclaimed series "In the American West," which the museum commissioned in 1979 and premiered in 1985. The exhibition will remain on display through October 1.

Broadway at the Bass: Annie
Holding onto hope when times are tough can take an awful lot of determination, and sometimes, an awful lot of determination comes in a surprisingly small package. Little Orphan Annie has reminded generations of theater goers that sunshine is always right around the corner, and now the best-loved musical of all time comes to Fort Worth with a new production, running through Sunday at Bass Performance Hall. The celebration of family, optimism, and the American spirit remains the ultimate cure for all the hard knocks life throws your way.

Spamilton: An American Parody
Gerard Alessandrini, the comic mastermind behind the long-running hit Forbidden Broadway, has done it again with a side-splitting new musical parody of Broadway's biggest historical hit ever. Spamilton: An American Parody is the story of a very famous writer/director/star trying to save Broadway from mediocrity and oblivion. Along the way this sharp and lovable genius not only takes aim at Broadway's mega-hit, but manages to make hysterical mince meat out of all current and classic Broadway, plus a good deal of pop culture, too. The production runs in the Reid Cabaret Theatre at Casa Mañana through April 14.

Circle Theatre presents The Mountaintop
The Mountaintop is a gripping re-imagination of events the night before the assassination of the civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On April 3, 1968, after delivering one of his most memorable speeches, an exhausted Dr. King retires to his room at the Lorraine Motel while a storm rages outside. When a mysterious stranger arrives with some surprising news, King is forced to confront his destiny and his legacy to his people. The production runs through April 15 at Circle Theatre.

Friday, March 31

Magnolia at the Modern: Return to Seoul
On an impulse to reconnect with her origins, Freddie, 25, returns to South Korea for the first time, where she was born before being adopted and raised in France. The headstrong young woman starts looking for her biological parents in a country she knows so little about, taking her life in new and unexpected directions. Cambodia's entry for Best International Feature at the 2023 Oscars, the film will screen seven times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

Indigenous Institute of the Americas presents IIAmericas Celebration
The 16th annual IIAmericas Celebration will honor indigenous cultures, dance, and arts. The IIAC gathering reflects the complex and diverse history, contemporary lives, and resilient adaptations of American Indian and Indigenous cultures today. The event will highlight American Indian and Indigenous artists, crafters, and traditional product makers from Indigenous Nations across the Americas. The festival takes place through Sunday at the Chisholm Trail Outdoor Museum in Cleburne.

Theatre Arlington presents Noises Off
Called “the funniest farce ever written,” Noises Off presents a manic menagerie of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On. Doors slamming, on- and off-stage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. The production runs through April 16 at Theatre Arlington.

Taylor Swift in concert
Pop superstar Taylor Swift always attracts attention, though not always for the right reasons. Tickets for The Eras Tour were notoriously hard to get thanks to huge snafus by Ticketmaster. If you were able to snag tickets, you'll be witness to a reportedly three-hour, 40+ song extravaganza featuring songs from throughout her career, including her latest album, Midnights. She'll perform three shows through Sunday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Neal McCoy in concert
Country singer Neal McCoy was part of the country boom in the early-to-mid 1990s, scoring with hits like "No Doubt About It" and "Wink." McCoy has tried to reinvent himself in a couple of ways in recent years, including with his 2017 anti-protest song, "Take a Knee ... My Ass!!" and an American standards album, You Don't Know Me. He'll play at at Billy Bob's Texas.

Saturday, April 1

Fort Worth Public Art presents Public Art Dedication: One With The Bee by Dixie Friend Gay
Fort Worth Public Art will dedicate the new sculpture One With The Bee by Dixie Friend Gay in conjunction with the ribbon cutting for the improvements to the northeast area of North Z Boaz Park. The artwork takes the form of a 20 feet tall “flower” fabricated in mild steel. The scale invites the visitor to experience the work much as an insect would an actual flower. The artwork references the importance of a healthy bee habitat and the bee’s critical role in pollination.

Joe Nichols in concert
Country star Joe Nichols has been crafting hits since his breakout in 2002 with his sophomore album, Man with a Memory. Thanks to songs like "Brokenheartsville," "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off," and "Gimmie That Girl," he's remained at the top of the genre for the past 20 years. He'll play at Billy Bob's Texas in support of his new album, Good Day for Living. This concert will also serve as a 42nd anniversary celebration for Billy Bob's Texas.

Sunday, April 2

Legacy Tour featuring New Edition
New Edition is one of the defining groups of the 1980s, both because of the music they produced and their internal strife. Although they had hits together, members like Bobby Brown and Bell Biv DeVoe (aka Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronnie DeVoe) are arguably better known for their work outside the group. This concert at Dickies Arena will bring the six original members back together again, joined by Keith Sweat and the original lineup of Guy.

Surprise, DFW has a new theater company and its first show is this weekend

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What do Guiding Light, Bye Bye Birdie, and Oleanna all have in common? Arlington-raised actor, director, and producer Ryan Brown, who is one-half of Sweet Apple Productions with Jennifer Bangs.

Brown and Bangs first met at Shackelford Junior High School, where Bangs played Kim and Brown played Hugo in the school musical about an Elvis-type singer who visits a small town — that's where the name Sweet Apple comes from. Coincidentally, Brown is also the son of best-selling romance and thriller author Sandra Brown, who still resides in Arlington.

"I had such a crush on him in school, but we were never really that close," confesses Bangs.

Ryan Brown went on to book featured roles in two soap operas, Guiding Light and The Young and The Restless, while Bangs wrote, produced, and performed in two successful solo shows and still hosts a podcast.

The pair reconnected in New York City during the pandemic, thanks to a Facebook friend suggestion, and began a production company producing music videos and filmed podcasts. In the last 18 months, both found themselves back in Dallas-Fort Worth and ready for a new challenge.

"We thought, 'why not continue this partnership and expand into theater?'" says Brown.

Their first production is David Mamet's Oleanna, which runs March 30-April 2 in Stage West's performance space in Fort Worth.

The 1992 two-character play is a power struggle between a college professor and one of his female students, who accuses him of sexual harassment. Brown plays the professor, and Bangs directs.

"I studied film and drama at OU in the early ‘90s, and OU did the show while he was there," says Brown. "It was a new play at the time and its script really spoke to me. But what impressed me almost as much as the show was the talkback after — I had never seen an audience have such a visceral reaction, or be so split down the middle about whose 'side' to take. I thought how I’d love to do this play, but it’s an old guy and college-age girl — 30 years later, I guess I've aged into the role."

At the time of Oleanna's debut, America was glued to the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas hearings. Now, the #MeToo movement has gathered steam, Harvey Weinstein is in jail for sexual abuse, and former President Donald Trump is supposedly about to be indicted for his illegal payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels.

"It struck me as odd that Mamet, who just last year wrote a short story objecting to social media moderation of right-wing politicians like Donald Trump, decided to tackle a subject like this," says Brown. "And even more interesting, he didn't take a stance with this play. The ending doesn't declare who is right or wrong."

Bangs points out that Mamet has now banned talkbacks from his plays. To help audience members who may want their opinions to still be heard, the Sweet Apple website has a section titled "Which Side Did You Take?" that leads to a poll. (Interesting side note: A popular tagline for the play is "Whatever side you take, you're wrong.")

"On one hand he’s an artist creating something, and on the other hand he's censoring it," Bangs reflects. "We're all watching the same thing play out in real time, but it's fascinating how differently everyone sees it."

There are no immediate plans to announce a full season, but Brown and Bangs say they are already eyeing their next possible production.

"We're considering doing Children of a Lesser God, and would be really excited to work with the local deaf community and actors who sign," says Bangs.

"It's another play that's on my bucket list," says Brown. "What really pushed us to explore it was receiving a self-tape from a deaf actor who signed her audition for Oleanna. We've already been speaking to her about the possibility of working with us, and it's really something we want to explore."

Another reason to hold off on an official season is that the duo don't want Sweet Apple Productions to be limited to theater.

"We're presenting ourselves as an alternative production company," says Bangs. "When COVID hit, everything shut down but we did not. We want to continue making art no matter what."

Tickets for Oleanna range from $25-$35 and can be purchased here.

Sweet Apple Productions presents Oleanna
Photo courtesy of Sweet Apple Productions

Sweet Apple Productions presents Oleanna March 30-April 2.