Zell Miller III

Zell Miller III

SEASON 18 | AUGUST 2006

B-Boy Bluez

Hot Dogs at the Eiffel Tower

 

VORTEX is proud to present two short solo plays by the diverse voices of local artists Zell Miller, III and Maggie Gallant.

B-Boy Bluez is written, directed and performed by the award winning playwright Zell Miller, III, awarded best author/poet by the Chronicle’s Best of Austin 2004. Zell’s most recent play The Evidence of Silence Broken was nominated for two Austin Critics’ Table Awards: the David Mark Cohen New Play Award for best original script; and outstanding lead actor in a drama.

B-Boy Bluez is the new fresh-to-death one man show from the mind that brought you The Evidence of Silence Broken, Kissing the Goodbye, and my child, my child, my alien child presented at The VORTEX. B-Boy Bluez is a fast-paced lyrical rhythmic ride of reflection on innocence to maturity. With hip-hop beats as the soundtrack, inner-city storytelling, and melodic spoken word, Miller paints verbal portraits of a time when hip-hop was more then bling-bling and insanity. B-Boy Bluez illustrates how a young man grew with the music that now runs through his veins.

Maggie Gallant is a British-born actor/performer. She has garnered a following in Austin as a stand-up comedian. Her solo show, Hot Dogs at the Eiffel Tower, premiered at Fronterafest 2006 and was selected as a Best of the Week performance.

Hot Dogs at the Eiffel Tower is written and performed by Maggie Gallant who takes on the role of all roles – herself. In London’s Victoria Station, Maggie Gallant awaits the 9:25 train from Basingstoke. As she anticipates an awkward reunion with the woman who gave her up for adoption, she considers questions of identity and belonging and the problem with Sundays. Her obsession with a mysterious French man who might be her father and who might own the Eiffel Tower leads to visions of hot dogs at the very windy top.