SEASON 29 | December 2016
To light the fire, burn hurts home, write the healing, and forgive again
December 08-11, 2016
Written and Performed by Ebony Stewart
Directed by Zell Miller III
Presented by The VORTEX
The VORTEX proudly presents four nights of Hunger, the award-winning, one-woman production written and performed by Ebony Stewart and directed by Zell Miller III. Stewart won the 2015 B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama for Hunger and the Austin Critics’ Table David Mark Cohen New Play Award for original script.
Spoken word and Interdisciplinary Theatre Artist Ebony Stewart debuted Hunger at The VORTEX in August 2015 and is touring the show and her poetry internationally. With more than a decade of experience in spoken word, slam poetry, and performance, Stewart has established herself as a vital voice in American theatre. She now returns home to The VORTEX to roar her truth with this unapologetic cascade of poetic theatre.
We once again open to the space between forgiveness and farewell.
Lighting Design by Patrick Anthony. Stage Management by Lindsey Ervi.
About Ebony Stewart: Spoken Word/Interdisciplinary Theater Artist:
Ebony Stewart is an international touring performance arts spoken word poet and active artist from Central Texas. She has coached Austin Neo Soul and Austin Poetry Slam, finishing 1st and 5th at the National Poetry Slam and They Speak Youth Slam finishing 8th in the world at Brave New Voices. The only adult female three-time Slam Champion in Austin Texas has shared stages with many brilliant artists including the late Amiri Baraka. Featured in the Texas Observer, “For Harriet” and “The Agenda: working for LGBT economic equality”, Ebony has published The Queen’s Glory & The Pussy’s Box and Love Letters To Balled Fists. In 2015, Ebony Stewart debuted her one-woman show, Hunger, at The VORTEX, which was nominated for a B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Original Script and won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama. Hunger also received the Austin Critics’ Table David Mark Cohen New Play Award for Original Script. Ebony is a VORTEX Company member and will debut her new show, Ocean, at The VORTEX in May 2017. The former Sexual Health Educator with the resting bitch face, sometimes known as The Gully Princess, writes because she has to and eats cupcakes for fun.
This project is funded and supported in part by VORTEX Repertory Company, a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.