Drive-in theatre resurrects rhinestone-suited Elvis in ’50s-themed play

Thomas Allison

For the next three days, what is typically a rundown, abandoned Park-N-Fly lot off Manor Road in East Austin will transform into a miniature drive-in theater, complete with elaborate stage lighting and giant metal sculptures.

The lot has become host to the cast and crew of “Elvis Machine,” a new theater production which debuts tonight at 9 p.m. The play was created by Austin theater company The Duplicates and is the graduate thesis project for Duplicates co-creator and UT theatrical design graduate student Rowan Doyle.

According to Doyle, the long-abandoned lot will soon be re-purposed, making “Elvis Machine” a last hoorah for the dilapidated space.

The audience can expect to be treated to a hilarious, multi-platform, interactive theater experience combined with the ambiance of a drive-in movie theater.

The play revolves around Elvis’ pink Cadillac, The Elvis Rose, and a waitress in a ‘50s diner determined to reunite a recently-deceased Elvis with his iconic rhinestone suit. The production views classic American iconography through a modern lens, assessing whether we possess or are possessed by the objects we collect.

Tickets cost $5 at the door, or $20 per car at