SEASON 30 | SEPTEMBER 2017
Presented by The VORTEX
By Gabrielle Reisman
Directed by Rudy Ramirez
Three daughters gather in the backyard at dusk following the death of their father. As they divide up his belongings, they remember a game they used to play-- a game about an old king who broke his kingdom apart while he was still alive, who lost his mind to age, grief and recrimination, and whose daughters turned against one another. As the three sisters transform into the cast of one of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies, they confront their own guilt, anger and loss with backyard beers, toasts with the audience, and making fun of how annoying Edgar is, when you think about him.
Jennifer Coy Jennings, Andreá Smith, and Amelia Turner.
Directed by VORTEX Associate Artistic Director Rudy Ramirez. Scenic Design by Ann Marie Gordon, Lighting Design by Patrick Anthony, Sound Design by David DeMaris, and Props/Costume Design by Indigo Rael, Photography by Errich Petersen.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Gabrielle Reisman is a playwright and director based in New York and New Orleans. She is a founding member of Underbelly, a theatre collaborative that stages immersive journey-plays in forgotten spaces, and is the director of Brooklyn Yard. Gabrielle’s plays have been produced in train stations, storefronts and warehouses across the country and have been translated into German. She’s taught playwriting and theatre-making at Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, UT Austin, The Kenyon Playwrights Conference, and in New Orleans’s public schools. Gabrielle is a Sundance Theatre Lab and MacDowell Colony Fellow. She was an NNPN Playwright in Residence at Southern Rep and is a resident playwright for The NOLA Project. Gabrielle's plays have received a Rosa Parks Award from The Kennedy Center, the Holland New Voices Award, and Austin Critics Table Awards and appeared on the inaugural Kilroys List. She received a BA from The University of New Orleans and MFA from The University of Texas at Austin. Her first four full length plays are published in the anthology More Pepper by Hot Lead Press. Gabrielle is currently developing an EST/Sloan commission about coastal land loss and pirate booze cruises. She is inspired daily by liminality, language, and resistance.
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.