a twisted nursery rhyme pantomime

SEPTEMBER 13-28, 2019 8PM

Presented by ethos and The VORTEX
Story by Melissa Vogt
Original Score by Chad Salvata
Directed by Bonnie Cullum

FREE to deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences every night (please contact to reserve a spot)

General Humpty got cracked on the head during the War, and now he is behaving very badly. Loosely based on the nursery rhyme characters Humpty Dumpty, The Spoon, The Dish, The Cow, The Dog, and The Moon, ethos offers up a dark tale with adult aesthetics (not appropriate for children).  Funny and disgusting, charming and startling, :Humpty features an all-star cast presenting an extraordinary and unconventional performance.  There is no “spoken” language in :Humpty, so this show is accessible to non-English speakers and deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences.

The story delves beneath the surface of the nursery rhymes, uncovering a story of War, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, slavery, and the disparity of wealth and poverty. Betrayal, magical armies, and mortal combat ensue as the characters fight for their lives, loves, and freedom. :Humpty defies expectation with a mix of live action, music, video, movement, and humor.


Starring the original returning cast: Mick D’arcy as General Humpty, Betsy McCann Bromley as Madame Kow, Gabriel Maldonado as King Koray, Justin LaVergne as Dogsbody, Melissa Vogt as Mistress Spoon, and introducing Jeremy Rashad Brown as Sir Wedgewood.


Directed by Bonnie Cullum. Story by Melissa Vogt. Original Music by Chad Salvata. Scenic Design by Ann Marie Gordon. Lighting Design by Patrick Anthony. Costume Design by Hsiaowei Chen. Video Design by Jose Lozano. Prop Design by Helen Parish. Stage Management by Tamara L. Farley.


  • $35 Priority Seating | $25 General Admission | $15 Discount/Artist/Student/Senior/Veteran

  • Industry Night: Wednesday September 4 at 8pm

  • 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.

  • Blue Star Theatre: Discounts for Military, Veterans, and their families


We conjure and navigate the storm of imagination with urgent, unashamed art that dares to dream the world in which we want to live. This magic emanates from our cultural harbor, embraces diverse communities, breaks down barriers, and opens channels for vital exchange.

Ethos is funded and supported in part by VORTEX Repertory Company and by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.