Go. See. Enjoy the Conflict.

I hate conflict.

I will avoid it at all costs.

I used to walk out of the building, around the street, and through the alternate entrance of my middle school just so I wouldn’t have to see the school bully.
I once left my waiter(ess) a $5 tip on a $7 tab because I accidentally called her a him.
I will puff up, sneeze, and rub my bloodshot eyes a thousand times before I tell you I’m allergic to your cat.

However, conflict is a part of life and it is so much more rewarding to watch others deal with theirs instead of confronting my own. That’s why I love theatre. Check out some conflicting events this weekend and take solace in the fact that you’re not making life-changing decisions, fighting wars against another species, or forced to never dance.

First up is the Vesitge Group presenting di[verge] at the Dougherty Arts Center. The show is a woman confronting herself and asking the big questions like do we ever really accept our present, or do we continue to dream about our past? What might have been? What hold do our choices have on our future. Do they define us, or do we define them? This woman will make her choice and forever change her life. Tickets are $15-25 and the show runs Friday and Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 5.

Buy some tickets here!

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If you’re looking for something more lighthearted and kid friendly, check out Polyanna’s production of Ducks vs. Squirrels at the Long Center Rollins Theatre. In this play for young audiences, the Ducks do not understand the Squirrels and the Squirrels are terrified of the Ducks. Tickets are $7.25-9.25 depending on age and the show runs this weekend only during mid-day.

But maybe that conflict doesn’t really resonate with you. I mean after all, you’re neither a duck nor a squirrel. You’re a human that just wants to dance but the town preacher has placed a ban on all dancing. Well fear not my friend, Zilker Hillside Theatre will premiere Footloose this weekend. Come see the classic outdoors in Zilker park Thursdays-Sundays at dusk (around 8:30). Best part about it all- it’s free!

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