Eryn Gettys.

Eryn Gettys.


The Deluge: On The Shoulder of Night

By Kirk Smith
Directed by Bonnie Cullum
Presented by The VORTEX

The rain comes down. It falls over the entire earth: in the fields, the olive groves, on animals, and through cracks in the small, raw wooden room that is the center of existence for what may be the only two people alive. They are friends, lovers, spouses, and soon to be parents. But they are moving in opposite directions, more and more, coming apart as the rain comes down. And in. The pouring inevitability of loss and renewed hope makes for a dreamy and wet world, sometimes punctuated with lightning and thunder, but continually adrift on an ocean of melancholic water.

The Saturday opening of The Deluge couldn’t have been more compelling. The dialogue, which jumped from the poetic to the everyday, seemed to rivet the sold-out audience.
— The Austin-American Statesman

The Deluge is highly imagistic and poetic, a kind of modern myth using traditional storytelling, dialogue, and music to relate the story of Yosanoah, a young olive farmer, and his wife Aliah, who must decide whether or not to abandon their home as a huge storm approaches.


Matthew Patterson, and Eryn Gettys. Live music played by Michael Werst, Ken Burchenal, and Amy-Lou Werst a trio on violin, guitar, and cello.


Directed by Bonnie Cullum; Set Design by Ann Marie Gordon. Lighting Design by Jason Amato.


B. Iden Payne Award:
Outstanding Score
5 B. Iden Payne Nominations
Austin Circle of Theatres