Publicity Photo by Kenneth B. Gall.

Publicity Photo by Kenneth B. Gall.

SEASON 17 | JULY 2005

Vitriol and Violets
Tales from the Algonquin Round Table

Playwrights Shelly Lipkin, Loanne Moldovan, & Sherry Lamoreaux
Directed by Content Love Knowels
Presented by VORTEX Summer Youth Theatre


This new play revolves around New York's celebrated Algonquin Round Table of the 1920's and 30's. The characters in the play were real people who made a huge impact on the culture and language of the 20th century. They include Dorothy Parker, George S. Kaufman (playwright and critic), Harpo Marx, Alexander Woollcott (the most famous theatre critic of the 1920's), Edna Ferber (novelist), Franklin Pierce Adams (newspaper columnist), Tallulah Bankhead (actress), Robert Benchley (reporter), Harold Ross and Jane Grant (co-founder of the New Yorker), among others.

Production TEAM

Directed by Content Love Knowels, Publicity Photos by Kenneth B. Gall.

About the Director

VORTEX Repertory Company member Content Love Knowles directs an inter-generational cast of teen and adult artists. Ms. Knowles' local directing credits include Schopenhauer in Hell, The Pharmakon, and a great many produtions of The Rites of Eleusis. She has served as musical director and composer on numerous VORTEX shows, as well as acting in dozens of productions from Sleeping Beauty, Dark Goddess, and Coriolanus with VORTEX, SYT productions of Moby Dick and The Good Woman of Setzuan, and many shows with Austin's Willful Players.

VORTEX's Summer Youth Theatre has an acclaimed 14-year history of providing quality productions. The Austin Chronicle named VORTEX's SYT as "Best Theatre for Kids That Treats Kids Like Grownups". SYT has received dozens of award nominations and has won The David Mark Cohen New Play Award for Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities, B. Iden Payne Awards for Machinal for Outstanding Production and Sound Design, and B. Iden Payne Awards for Outstanding Direction for The Frogs and Moby Dick. SYT has also produced The Good Woman of Setzuan, The Conference of the Birds, Cyrano de Bergerac, Animal Farm, The Madwoman of Chaillot, The Insect Comedy, An Enemy of the People, Rhinoceros, The Skin of Our Teeth, and Step on a Crack. SYT participants have continued on to receive university scholarships, advanced training, and professional credits.