A New Physical Theatre Performance
Devised by The Gale Theatre Co. Ensemble
Presented by Gale Theatre Company & The VORTEX


What makes a great tragedy? High hopes? Hard luck? Harrowing, inevitable fate? Gale Theatre Co. set out to explore the secrets of tragedy and, along the way, made a play about it. Part hero’s journey and part never ending stair case, Wail asks the question, how do we bare our humanity—humanely? When a young woman arrives in an unfamiliar and strange town, she can’t remember where she came from or how she got there. Time passes, seasons change, and she assumes a new life. As she learns more about the outside world, she also slowly discovers the horrors of her past. Painful realities and dreams collide in this lyrical drama.


Kimberly Gifford, Ja’Michael Darnell, Mary Catherine, Tim Mateer, and Olivia Jimenez.


Directed by Katherine Wilkinson, Text by Sarah Loucks, Choreographed by Celina Chapin, Created by the Gale Theatre Ensemble. Scenic & Costume Design by Zoey Cane Belyea, Lighting Design by Patrick Anthony, Technical Direction by Zac Crofford, Produced by Gale Theatre Co. & The VORTEX

about gale theatre co.

Gale Theatre Co. is an ensemble dedicated to staging new and devised work in Austin and beyond. Gale Theatre is a laboratory, training space, and home for new ideas. Gale aims to make work that is physically daring, visually arresting, emotionally accessible, and dedicated to the enduring power of live performance.

Wail is funded and supported in part by VORTEX Repertory Company, a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, and by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division, believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin's future. Visit Austin at