By Caridad Svich
Directed by Jess Shoemaker
Shakespeare's Ophelia rises up out of the water, dreaming of Pop-Tarts and other sweet things. She finds herself in a neo-Elizabethan Appalachian setting where Gertrude runs a brothel, Hamlet is called a Rude Boy and nothing is what it seems. In this mirrored world of word-scraps and cold sex, Ophelia cuts a new path for herself.
Praised by the Chicago Stage Review as a piece "both aesthetically beguiling and emotionally ravaging," 12 Ophelias (a play with broken songs) combines original music with lyrical poetry and colloquial language in an exploration of broken ambition and liberated desire.
12 Ophelias contains adult content and some instances of violence. Recommended for ages 18+. Guests should be advised that water is used as part of the show and there is a possibility of splashing, particularly in the rows closest to the stage.
Preview: October 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Opening: October 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Additional Performances: October 4–5, 8–12 at 7:30 p.m. and October 5–6, 12–13 at 2:00 p.m.
Reviews and Inside Look
- UT Theatre & Dance's 12 Ophelias (a play with broken songs) - The Austin Chronicle
- Review: 12 Ophelias (a play with broken songs) - Broadway World