Sade M. Jones stars in Ballot Eats the Bullet.

Ballot Eats the Bullet
October 27-November 5, 2016

Conceived, Written, and Directed by Zell Miller III
Presented by the VORTEX
American Sign Language-interpreted Saturday, Sept. 29
Live Streaming on Friday, Nov. 4 8pm CST
“VORTEX CONNECTS” Post-show discussions after some performances


On the eve of one of the most important elections in history, The VORTEX presents a world premiere of Ballot Eats the Bullet . At this critical juncture in our nation’s history, one voice that still drowns in the political pool is the voice of the black woman. So, 6 black women set out to honor the beauty and complexities, heal the trauma, and highlight the joy of what it means to be a black woman in America today. These amazing performers shatter and redefine the stereotypes of black women today through song, vignettes, spoken word, modern dance, and jazz aesthetic gesture work.

As Zora Neal Hurston stated "black woman is de mule uh de world, so fur as Ah can see". Or as Malcolm X stated "the most unprotected individual in America today is the black woman!"


Sade M. Jones, Breaion S. King, Chelsea Manasseri, Kera Blay, M'Kenzie Flakes, and Valoneecia Tolbert.

production team

Written and directed by Zell Miller, III with additional writing by Lisa B. Thompson, Anne Maria Wynter, and Ebony Stewart. Choreography by Sade M. Jones, Movement by Zell Miler, III.  Scenic Design by Ann Marie Gordon. Lighting Design by Patrick Anthony. Stage Management by Lindsey Ervi.


  • $10-$30
    $30 Priority (Seated first), $20 General, $10 Discount (Seated last)
  • Radical Rush Free Tickets Limited free tickets for each performance in the spirit of sustainability, accessibility, and the gift economy. Radical Rush tickets released at 7pm each night--in-person only.
  • 2-for-1 admission Thursday and Sunday with donation of 2 cans for SafePlace.
  • Limited Seating. Advanced Reservations Strongly Recommended

This project is funded and supported in part by VORTEX Repertory Company, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.