A Fistful of Trespassing


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By Minghao Tu
Directed by Anna Skidis Vargas

"I’m gonna take all the naked cowboys in Texas till I find myyy naked cowboy.” - Clint-John

Two guys in a totalitarian country fancy the American Old West. When a shipwreck leaves them stranded on an isolationist island, these wannabe cowboys do what the old Hollywood cowboys did: chase after love, freedom and myths—only this time, with zany shenanigans. Minghao Tu’s A Fistful of Trespassing is a farcical fever dream—bubbles burst like dynamite.

A Fistful of Trespassing contains adult language and themes and simulated gunfire. 


March 5, 7, 11 at 7:30 p.m.

About the Playwright

Minghao Tu writes angry plays that make people laugh and symphonic plays that confront the dissonance and divisions of the global age. Born in Wuhan, China and currently based in Austin, he is a Michener fellow at the Michener Center for Writers. His plays have been developed and presented/produced at Voyage Theater Company, Tofte Lake Center, New York Public Library, Alchemical Theatre Lab, Ground Floor Theatre, Lucky Chaos Productions and UT Austin. His plays have been featured on The Steppenwolf Theatre’s THE MIX and on the alternate list at Ucross Foundation and have been recognized as semifinalists at PlayPenn and American Shakespeare Center. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Playwrights Center and is an alum of UC San Diego. 

About the Director

Anna Skidis Vargas is a director and play-maker who subverts stereotypes through myth, spirituality and humor. She works primarily in devising and developing new work, with a focus on Latinx and mixed identity stories. She is the founding artistic director of Theatre Nuevo in Saint Louis, and is currently an M.F.A. in Directing candidate here at UT, where she has directed Spring Awakening, Lloronx (Cohen New Works Festival) and Daria Miyeko Marinelli’s 30 Floods (UTNT). www.skidisvargas.com

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