Murder Ballad Murder Mystery
Written by Elizabeth Doss
Directed by Dustin Wills


Elizabeth Doss (B) spent a year in Andalucia writing Murder Ballad Murder Mystery. Before that, she worked as theatre artist for over a decade. Some memorable credits include: Ring Rip Rent, Despair’s Book of Dreams and the Sometimes Radio, Moby Dick, A Tale of Two Cities, and Beauty Vultures and the Plague of Sleep (VORTEX). With Tongue and Groove Theatre: Bomb Shelter: or the Modern Pinocchio, The Three Cuckolds, Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Comedy of Errors, Eggheads, Seven Wonders of the World Plus One, The Head, Hands and Toe Show, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and The Moontower’s Glow. Regional: The Cry Pitch Carols and Americamisfit (Salvage Vanguard), Present Laughter (ZACH), and Not Clown (Physical Plant). Miss Doss has received Critics Table and B. Iden Payne nominations and awards for her work. She holds a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin. This is her first play. You can see her next in the Rude Mech's production, Dionysus in '69 at the Off Center this December.

Mark Stewart (J) is a company member of Tongue and Groove Theatre, having been co-Artistic Director 2006-2009. Favorite roles when paired with Elizabeth Doss: Seven Wonders of The World Plus One and The Moontowers' Glow. Other favorites include: The Red Balloon; Salvage Vanguard's Thrush; Rude Mech's Hemophilia (directed by Robert Pierson); and Physical Plant's Not Clown. He also created The Buttons and Bows Show: Hilah's Dollhouse (directed by Doss), Tooth and Nail Plus Tooth 2! and Bomb Shelter: or the Modern Pinocchio.

Robert Pierson (Tom) is an educator, musician, and actor. Theatre work includes: Mud, Americamisfit, and Tilt Angel with Salvage Vanguard; Not Clown, and The Kindermann Depiction with Physical Plant; The Jinn with the dirigo group, Rainbow Family with The Idiot Collective, and Le Petomane with Tongue and Groove. He's a company member with the Rude Mechanicals and has performed in: I've Never Been So Happy, Get Your War On, Cherrywood, Lipstick Traces, and was musical director for 300 Plays About Vladimir Putin. His most recent music project, The Able Sea, will release it's second recording this fall. Robert teaches language arts and theater at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Content Love Knowles (Tom's Wife/Lincoln Lady) is very pleased to be working with Dustin Wills and Tutto Theatre Company. A member of The VORTEX Repertory Company since 1996, she is a past nominee and occasional winner of ACOT and Austin Critics Table Awards for shows including Dark Goddess, Sleeping Beauty, and Oceana (with her longtime collaborator Bonnie Cullum), and Bent (with Dash Mammoth). She can be found playing out with various projects including So Wrong Johnson and CLK's Criminal Cabaret. She is an alumni of old-school out-jazz Alien Time Ensemble, and is currently working on music for Eurydice (Different Stages/Jan 2010) and the remount of Sleeping Beauty (VORTEX/April 2010). Her cat is equally fond of killing birds and mice, and her black cat hates you!

Emily Tindall (Agnes/Harp) attended the University of Texas at Austin where she obtained a Bachelor's degree in Theatre with a focus in English. Since graduating, she has been working as an actress and an interdisciplinary teaching artist in community settings, bringing accessible art to our community and inspiring lifelong learning, growth and change in youth and their educational community. She is very glad to be working with Director Dustin Wills again, whom she first worked with on Ashes, Ashes. Her past works with Tutto Theatre Company include Ophelia and Five o Cinque. Emily has received several Austin Critics Table and B. Iden Payne Award nominations for her work, for which she is eternally grateful! This past summer Emily joyfully took her work with Tutto overseas, and is very glad to continue working with Tutto here in Austin!

Hilah Johnson (Agatha) is an actor, writer, musician, and dental assistant. She is a company member of Tongue and Groove Theatre and a founding member of local filmmaking group, Big Ol’ Tire Fire. She enjoys candlelit caviar dinners and fancy conversations in French.

Florinda Bryant (Stagger Lee) is an interdisplinary performance artist who is proud to call Austin home. Florinda enjoys working in all performance media. Some performances include Delta Dandi, Love Conjure Blues, and The Three Cuckholds. Her one woman show Half-Breed Southern Fried Check One was produced as part of the Performing Blackness Series at the University of Texas and directed by Laurie Carlos. Florinda also directed and performed in America Love out of Context, as part of the Black Arts Movement Festival with Pro-Arts. She is a member of of The Austin Project, sponsored by The John L. Warfield Center For African and African American Studies, University of Texas at Austin (CAAAS) and has directed their annual performances for the past two years and serves as the Executive Director for their performance company. Florinda also directed, wrote for and performed in HUSH, the 2008 Artspark Theatre Award winner. Florinda has worked with Theatre Action Project, a local creative arts and education organization for five years. Florinda would like to thank her son Wesley and his Great Granny Doris Williams, for their support and love!

Ben Schave (Pimp/Banjo) is a clown. (For a proper biography, please send your request and a SASE to: Schave & Reilly at P.O. Box 10423, Austin, TX 78766 or visit

Cami Alys (Pimp/Mandolin) relocted to Austin from New York City in 2008 to tour as French Clown, "Isabelle Belle" in Rocky Hopson's La Putain Avec Les Fleur, Cami has most recently worked as "Julie" in The Rude Mech's I've Never Been So Happy. As a puppeteer, Cami has performed with Shrewd Productions, The Long Now, and at Frontera Fest as Punch & Judy, and has had the pleasure of learning from Jesse Kingsely and Connor Hopkins. Additional Austin Theatre credits include Capital City Mystery Players and Second Youth Family Theatre. Cami's Bachelor Degree is in Musical Theatre from The University of Central Florida and she has studied Jazz Performance and Musicianship and Sight-Reading at The Juilliard School. Currently, Cami also sings and plays bass guitar alongside her sharply gifted husband, Agustin, with singer-songwriter, Daniel Moore, in the band, Eugene Christopher. Working with Dustin and Lady Doss has been a pleasure!

Alex Cogburn (Pimp/Guitar) was born and raised in San Antonio and is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Theatre and Dance. He resides in Austin and has experience in both theatre and film working with directors in the University and the community. With an acting and dance background he strives to encompass all aspects of performance art. His love of physicality has kept him rooted in martial arts providing him with his current job teaching Tang Soo Do (a South Korean martial art) to kids in an after-school program at Aim and Focus Karate.

Andy Tindall (Pimp/Fiddle) is a musician currently residing in Austin, Texas. He played a lot of music growing up, traveling the country attending festivals and fiddler's contests. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Genetics before pulling the old bait 'n' switch with the idea of becoming a scientist. He is currently completing his second undergrad degree at Austin Community College studying Commercial Music Management and the art of recording. He is currently playing with a gypsy bluegrass trio around town with fellow musicians Brent Lee Warnock and Adam Carney, recording in his home studio—Where it's AT Studio. This is his first production with Tutto, and he is excited about being involved with such a killer (ha) group of people.

Kelli Bland (Sleuth) is a local Austin actress whose credits include I [heart] WalMart, Noone Else in the Woods Tonight, The Red Balloon (Austin Critics Table Award, Best Ensemble), A Thought in Three Parts (B. Iden Payne Nomination, Best Ensemble), Tooth & Nail + Tooth 2, The Bald Soprano, and A Genuine Plea to My Insides, her one-woman show which received a Best of Week nod at Fronterafest 2008. This year, Kelli directed the US premiere of The Bird and The Bee (Austin Critics Table Nomination, Outstanding Production of a Drama) for Capital T and Faster Than The Speed of Light! The Musical at SVT. She studied physical theatre at the Rose Bruford College in England and puppetry and actor movement at the Institut del Teatre in Spain. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from Stephen F. Austin State University with an emphasis in directing

Phillip Emanuel (Psychic) is theatrically trained with a B.A. from The University of Texas, Phillip has been performing since the tender age of 4. He's been in multiple commercials, short films, and numerous theater shows throughout Austin, Texas over the past five years. Most recently Muses III, Memories of a House which was performed in a beautiful home in the hills of Westlake. He is represented by the beautiful Erin Franklin from Agence talent, who has been nominated as the number one talent agent in Austin, Texas multiple times. Phillip is a truly talented actor who’s passion for the arts is bigger than the great state of Texas.


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