SEASON 30: Thirty Years of Truth and Thunder

Storm Still
September 08-24, 2017 | VORTEX
By Gabrielle Reisman, Directed by Rudy Ramirez
Starring Andreá Smith, Jennifer Coy, and Amelia Turner
Three sisters stage King Lear in their backyard and say goodbye to their father with blood, sweat, and beers. 

September 22 - October 21, 2017 | VORTEX & ethos
A Gothic Opera by Chad Salvata, Directed by Bonnie Cullum
Horror, mysticism, blood, and magic, based on the true story of Erzsebet Bathori, The Bloody Countess of Hungary.
B. Iden Payne Awards for Outstanding Original Score, Outstanding Lead Actress, and Outstanding Featured Actress.


ICONS: The Lesbian and Gay History of the World, Vol. 1
October 04, 2017 | VORTEX Guest Artist
Written and Performed by Jade Esteban Estrada
"My mission is to create beautiful, lasting impressions that are not just pictures of gays and lesbians but that are human, timeless, and belong to the world."  - Jade Esteban Estrada

Erzsebet Bathori’s Bloody Ball
Saturday, October 14, 2017 | VORTEX Fundraiser Event
A Halloween Fundraiser with costumes, food and drink, naked virgins, blood, dancing, Vampire Vignettes, silent auction,
fabulous prizes, and a performance of Vampyress.

P3M5 Plays
November 02-05, 2017 | VORTEX
Curated by Dr. Heather Barfield
Plurality of Privacy Project in Five-Minute Plays (P3M5), a transatlantic original plays project that focuses on a central question: "What does privacy mean to you in the digital age?" Facilitated and translated by the Goethe-Institut Washington.

Linda Mary Montano’s INTERACTIONARAMA: Viewer Discretion Advised 
November 10-11, 2017 | VORTEX Guest Artist
Internationally renowned performance artist, Linda Mary Montano, teams up with Austin artists.  Not for those afraid of death.

Wild Horses
November 16 - December 09, 2017 | VORTEX | NNPN Rolling World Premiere Play
By Allison Gregory, Directed by Rudy Ramirez
That summer you scared yourself. That summer you woke up to desire. That summer you tasted freedom. You remember. 

The Member of the Wedding
November 17 - December 09, 2017 | Different Stages
By Carson McCullers, Directed by Karen Jambon
A mid-century look at attitudes on racial and sexual identity with lessons that can be applied to society today.

Rob Nash’s Holy Cross Sucks!
December 14-17, 2017 | VORTEX Guest Artist
Directed by Jeff Calhoun
Taping of a concert film of Nash’s epic comedy.
“HOLY CROSS SUCKS! Rob Nash's infectious solo show, mines the 1980's for pop-culture references and for John Hughes-style narrative devices. But the nostalgia goes deeper than Izod and "Purple Rain" in this unexpectedly rich coming-of-age tale, made all the warmer by Mr. Nash's cool, unflappable demeanor.” New York Times

The Muttcracker (Sweet!)
December 21 - January 07, 2017 | VORTEX & Chickendog
Written by Melissa Vogt, Tyler Mabry, and Darren Petersen, Directed by Nathan Porteshawver
Holiday Fun for the whole family featuring world class juggling, live music, five talented rescue canines, and a talking macaw.

The Way She Spoke: A Docu-Mythologia
January 11-20, 2017 | VORTEX
By Isaac Gomez, Directed by Rudy Ramirez, Starring Karen Rodriguez
“Gomez’s The Way She Spoke: A Docu-Mythologia concerns the systemic abduction, rape and murder of hundreds women in Juarez, Mexico over the course of several decades. There are probably some who won’t see it because of that subject matter, but they should reconsider. This thing is a triumph”. - Alex Huntsberger, Time Out, Chicago

893 / Ya-ku-za
January 26 - February 10, 2017 | GenEnCo
By Daria Miyeko Marinelli, Directed by kt shorb
What does it take to become the first? Set over the course of a lunch meeting, 893 follows Aya's bid to become the first female member of the infamous Japanese mafia and explores what we're willing to destroy to get what we most desire.

OUTsider Fest 2018
February 14-18, 2017 | Outsiderfest
Celebrating the bold originality and creative nonconformity of the LGBTQ+ communities through provocative, overlooked, and out-of-the-box film, dance, theatre, performance art, music, writing and visual art.

Reveal All Fear Nothing: A Journey in Sex, Love, Porn, and Feminism
February 22-25, 2017 | VORTEX Guest Artist
Written and Performed by Madison Young, Developed with Annie Sprinkle as an adaptation of her Post Porn Modernist, Directed by Sophia LaPaglia
A multi-media performance that cracks wide open the sexual underground worlds of BDSM, pornography, and kink while demystifying and celebrating these often misunderstood and misrepresented communities.

Cinema Dada
Friday, March 02, 2017 | Electronic Planet Ensemble
World premiere Dada film with an original score by Electronic Planet Ensemble. International Mail Art exhibit February-March.

Congo Square
Saturday, March 03, 2017 | Drum The Program
West African Dancing and Drumming in community. For all ages.
I Have Self Respect. My Culture Is Unique. Community Is Unity. Diversity Is Cool”.

Performance Park
March 23-May 12, 2017 | VORTEX
Conceived and Directed by Bonnie Cullum, Devised by The VORTEX artistic ensemble
An immersive theatrical scavenger hunt encompassing the entire VORTEX compound with thematic games, intriguing riddles, Tarot Major Arcana characters, music, dance, and mystery. Choose your own adventure.

May 17-19, 2017 | VORTEX Guest Artist
Choreography by Toni Bravo
On the verge of their next European tour, Diverse Space Dance Theatre’s company of youth and adults present their newest dance.

Polly Mermaid
May 25-June 09, 2017 | Glass Half Full Theatre
Directed by Caroline Reck, Written by Caroline Reck, Indigo Rael, Gricelda Silva, Starring Indigo Rael
Polly Mermaid, the Princess of Plastic, was hatched in the center of the ocean's North Pacific Vortex, nicknamed the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" for the tons of plastic swirling there. Although not much lives in this part of the ocean, plastic and radioactive pollution have brought garbage to life.

The Afterparty
June 15-30, 2018 | Shrewd Productions
By Reina Hardy, Directed by Rudy Ramirez
There’s a party at the center of the universe, and all you need to get in is a kiss. A prequel to Reina Hardy’s 2013 comedy Stars and Barmen.

The Last Witch
July 06-21, 2017 | Renaissance Austin Theatre
By Rona Munro, Directed by Jamie Goodman
The story of Janet Horne, the last woman to be executed for witchcraft in the British Isles in 1727. Independent and outspoken, did Janet practice witchcraft or was she the victim of misogyny and suspicion in her community?

Summer Youth Theatre
July 27 - August 04, 2017 | VORTEX
27th annual free theatre program for students 13-17.

Atlantis: A Puppet Opera
September 01-29, 2017 | VORTEX & ethos
“Ethos and The Vortex have never missed a beat in their dance along the high road of fantastic myth and over the bridge to theatrical reality. Atlantis: A Puppet Opera shows their ever-closer approach to perfection of technique in presenting dauntingly complex and imaginatively satisfying theatre. This show is a must-see..." - Dr. David Robinson, CTX Live Theatre

30 Years of Truth and Thunder is funded and supported in part by VORTEX Repertory Company, the National Endowment for the Arts, a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, and by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.