The Way She Spoke: A Docu-Mythologia
January 11-20, 2018

By Isaac Gomez
Directed by Rudy Ramirez
Starring Karen Rodriguez


An actress walks into an empty theatre and picks up a script-- a script full of survivors and ghosts, women and men who have witnessed the murder and brutalization of thousands of women every year in Juarez, Mexico. Their stories must be told, but the question of how the stories get told—and who has the right to do the telling—is at the heart of this critically-acclaimed play by Isaac Gomez. Now based in Chicago (see bio below), Gomez won The David Mark Cohen New Play Award from the Austin Critics’ Table in 2013 for his first play, The Women of Juarez. The actress herself is the dazzling Karen Rodriguez, returning to The VORTEX after four years in the Chicago area originating roles at regional theatres including The Goodman and Steppenwolf.

Isaac Gomez and Karen Rodriguez are in residence at The VORTEX over the next month developing The Way She Spoke: A Docu-Mythologia with VORTEX Associate Artistic Director Rudy Ramirez.  They are debuting a new draft of the work which premiered in Chicago at the Greenhouse Theater Center last year.


Directed by Rudy Ramirez. Lighting Design by Patrick Anthony. Stage Management by Tamara L. Farley. Photography by Erich Petersen. Bonnie Cullum, Producing Artistic Director


  • $35 Priority Seating  , $25 General Admission , $15 Discount/Child/Artist/Student/Senior/Veteran
  • Advanced Reservations Recommended.  Limited seating.
  • 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
  • ASL-Interpreted Saturday, January 13, 8pm --Free to deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences.
  • “Industry Night” Matinees Saturdays, January 13 & 20, **5pm**
  • Live-Streaming Friday, January 19, 8pm CST howlround.com/tv
  • VORTEX Connects Post-Show Discussions at some performances.

    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.