SEASON 29 | OCTOBER 2016
Ballot Eats the Bullet
Conceived, Written, & Directed by Zell Miller III
Presented by the VORTEX
On the eve of one of the most important elections in history, The VORTEX presents a world premiere of Ballot Eats the Bullet written and directed by Zell Miller, III with additional writing by Lisa B. Thompson, Anne Maria Wynter, and Ebony Stewart. Featuring Sade M. Jones, Breaion S. King, Chelsea Manasseri, Kera Blay, M'Kenzie Flakes, and Valoneecia Tolbert.
At this critical juncture in our nation’s history, one voice that still drowns in the political pool is the voice of the black woman. So, six black women set out to honor the beauty and complexities, heal the trauma, and highlight the joy of what it means to be a black woman in America today. These amazing brave performers shatter and redefine the stereotypes of black women today through song, vignettes, spoken word, modern dance, and jazz aesthetic gesture work.
As Zora Neal Hurston stated "black woman is de mule uh de world, so fur as Ah can see". Or as Malcolm X stated "the most unprotected individual in America today is the black woman!"
Sade M. Jones, Breaion S. King, Chelsea Manasseri, Kera Blay, M'Kenzie Flakes, and Valoneecia Tolbert.
Written and directed by Zell Miller, III with additional writing by Lisa B. Thompson, Anne Maria Wynter, and Ebony Stewart. Choreography by Sade M. Jones, Movement by Zell Miler, III. Scenic Design by Ann Marie Gordon. Lighting Design by Patrick Anthony. Stage Management by Lindsey Ervi.
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.