By Tyler English-Beckwith
Directed by Tyler English-Beckwith & Matrex Kilgore,
Presented by Gale Theatre Company and The VORTEX


    Set to the hymns of Kanye West, TWENTYEIGHT is the story of six Black people separated from their homes in search of outer space. As they work to build their space craft, they live in constant fear of the sirens and what comes after the sirens are gone.

    TWENTYEIGHT is inspired by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement research that concluded in 2012 a Black person was murdered in the United States of America every 28 hours by a police officer or vigilante. TWENTYEIGHT is an afro-futuristic look at police brutality and racial violence in the United States. TWENTYEIGHT asks us, who will survive in the America we are building? And how do we hang on to hope when fear is on the only constant?

    Performance Ensemble

    Delanté Keys, Taji Senior-Gipson, Mae Rose Hill, Oktavea Williams, Kenah Benefield, Jeremy Rashad Brown

    production team

    Playwright, Tyler English-Beckwith, Directed by Tyler English-Beckwith & Matrex Kilgore, Executive Producer, Katherine Wilkinson, Production Manager/Movement Coordinator/Asst. Director: Brianna Smith, Dramaturgy by Gethsemane Herron-Coward, Lighting Design by Rachel Atkinson, Scenic Design by Ann Marie Gordon, Technical Directtion by Zac Crofford, Stage Management by Valerie Johnson, Asst. Stage Management by Latoya Patterson, Graphic Design by Hakeem Adewumi, Produced by Gale Theatre & The VORTEX.


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    Funded in part by VORTEX Repertory Company, The John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies at the University of Texas, a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, The Austin Awesome Foundation and by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.