Jennifer Underwood as Lear. Photo and Poster by Jennifer Rose Davis.

Jennifer Underwood as Lear. Photo and Poster by Jennifer Rose Davis.

SEASON 23 | MAY 2011


Adapted and Directed by Rudy Ramirez
Presented by the VORTEX


In an age when women hold more power and in a time when the media turns the private into the public a mother divides her empire among her daughters. As her world crumbles and her family turns its back on her, can she face the storm and find love, forgiveness, and peace? A Celtic legend made into a Renaissance masterpiece, The VORTEX now re-imagines William Shakespeare's King Lear as a female leader for the modern world, where globalization blurs the line between governments and corporations and names like Clinton, Palin, Thatcher, Stewart, Wintour, and Winfrey have inspired admiration, contempt and controversy. Jennifer Underwood leads a cast of Austin's finest actors in a story of gender and power, family and business, compassion and betrayal.


Jennifer Underwood as Lear; with Suzanne Balling, David Boss, Jennifer Coy as Regan, Mick D'arcy as Gloucester, Trey Deason, Joseph GarlocK, Micah Goodding, Shannon Grounds, Chelsea Manasseri, Toby Minor, Mindy Rast, Laura Ray, Andrea Smith, Tom Truss, Amelia Turner, and Julianna Elizabeth Wright.


Adapted from Shakespeare and Directed by Rudy Ramirez. Scenic Design by Ann Marie Gordon, Lighting Design by Jason Amato, Video Design by Sergio R. Samayoa, Costume Design by Pam Fletcher Friday. Stage Management by Tamara L. Farley. Production Photos Kimberley Mead. PR Photo and Poster Jennifer Rose Davis.

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