ATLANTIS: A Puppet Opera
SEPTEMBER 03-24, 2016 @8pm

By Chad Salvata
Directed by Bonnie Cullum
Presented by Ethos in association with The VORTEX
Live Streaming on Friday, Sep.16; American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreted Performance TBA

Ethos Artistic Director, Chad Salvata creates a mythic world of powerful warring religious zealots who are obsessed with world domination and non-renewable energy. In Atlantis, Queen Solstra and Prince Helios attempt world domination through a war with Lemuria and its powerful Air Ship. They must harvest the Red Eye of the last Kracken for the Red Energy, but their greed and thirst for revenge will lead to the inevitable destruction of civilization. A cautionary environmental tale with Chad Salvata’s dynamic original score offers a magical realm with fantastical puppets, magnificent production designs, seductive Mermaids, menacing Sharkmen, and majestic Oceans. While Atlantis is intended for adults and contains some puppet violence, older children may attend.


Michelle Haché, Anderson Dear, Melissa Vogt, Justin LaVergne, Jonathan Itchon, Jeremy Moran, and Rachel Pallante, Emerald Mystiek, Eryn Gettys, Gabriel Maldonado, Annie Kim Hedrick, Heidi Penix, Abigail Lewis, Ciera Ramirez, Mackenzy C. Cade and Whitney Carpenter.

Production Team

Connor Hopkins (Trouble Puppet) and Caroline Reck (Glass Half Full Theatre) join VORTEX Artistic Director Bonnie Cullum and award-winning VORTEX designers Ann Marie Gordon and Melissa Vogt to bring the puppets and scenery of Atlantis to life. Lighting Design by Jason Amato. Sound Design by Roy Taylor. Vocal Arrangements by Anderson Dear. Stage Manager Tamara L. Farley. Production Photos by Kimberley Mead.


  • $10-$30
    $30 Priority (Seated first), $20 General, $10 Discount (Seated last)
    Limited Seating. Advanced Reservations Strongly Recommended
    While Atlantis is intended for adults and contains some puppet violence, older children may attend.
  • 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

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.