Austin & Huntsville

by Straton Rushing

March 2023


As a controversial prison reform bill is making its way through the Texas state senate, an aide takes it upon herself to blackmail a senator, ensuring the bill’s passage. While all of this is happening, the L’Estrange family is living through the very real consequences of the prison system. The elder brother Alex is starting a two-year sentence, he becomes acquainted with a magical voice that refers to itself only as “the Narrator”. The lives of this family and the dirty politics of the state capitol come crashing together when one senator pays to have another killed.

About the Playwright

Straton Rushing is a dramatic writer originally from Sonora, Texas. In 2022 he was named the recipient of the Bela Kiralyfalvi Award , and he received an honorable mention from the William Faulkner Literary Prize. His plays have been featured with Phoenix Theatre Company, Capital Repertory Theatre, Orpheus Theatre Company, SceneShop, the University of Houston, the Savannah College of Art & Design, Scribe Stages, TheatreWorks New Milford, Focal Theatre Lab, Crafton Hills College, Festival De La Bête Noire and other companies around the US and internationally. His work has also appeared on the Theatrically Speaking and Between Acts podcasts. Recent publications include plays in the Silk Road Review, the Ponder Review and with Smith & Kraus. Straton holds degrees in Theatre and Philosophy from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is currently an MFA Dramatic Writing candidate at Arizona State University.  Straton is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America. Production Inquiries: [email protected]