Matt Hislope. Photo by Kimberley Mead

Matt Hislope. Photo by Kimberley Mead



Directed by Bonnie Cullum
Presented by the VORTEX Repertory Company

Trickster spins a joyous stylistic leap. This comical romp into mythology, pop culture, and magic tricks seeks to discover who is the tricksiest of the Tricksters.

Trickster is pretty awesome . . . a celebration of all things foolish, sly, and well, tricky
— Joey Seiler, Austin American-Statesman

A comic play with music, featuring mythological Tricksters from diverse cultures. Created by award-winning director/producer, Bonnie Cullum.

Bonnie Cullum’s concept of those weaselly mythological misfits who pull pranks and break rules . . . is an extravaganza
— Patti Hadad, Austin Chronicle

The wily Coyote, Fox, Spider, Monkey, Raven, Fool and other clever tricksters populate this multi-cultural world of surprises, music, and, of course, tricks. Magical illusions, lush music, hot dancing, and theatrical daring enliven a night of stories about those who make human life edgy, unsure, and risky.


The ensemble of actors, musicians, jugglers, tumblers, and dancers includes: Matt Hislope as THE FOOL, Christopher Lee as PAPA LEGBA, Miriam Robinson Gould as ANANSI, Michelle Flanagan, Traci Koesis, Greg Spencer, & Kira Parra as THE KITSUNE, Mindy Rast as COYOTE, Gabriel Maldonado as MONKEY KING, Yvonne Reed as RAVEN, Mark Dupre as LOKI, Steven Fay as KRISHNA


Conceived & Directed by Bonnie Cullum, Scenic Design by Ann Marie Gordon, Lighting Design by Jason Amato, Costume Design by Aerin Holman, Musical Direction and Composition by Content Love Knowles, with additional music composition and performance by David DeMaris.Text by Bonnie Cullum and Susan Kelso, with Melissa Vogt, Steven Fay, and Shekhar Govind, Production Photos by Kimberley Mead.


B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Lighting Design;
B. Iden Payne Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in Music Theatre: Matt Hislope as the Fool;
B. Iden Payne Nomination Outstanding Featured Actor in Music Theatre: Gabriel Maldonado as the Monkey King

VORTEX Repertory Company is funded in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division, by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, and by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.