Flora Circular


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March 12, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
March 13, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
March 15, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
March 16, 2019, 2 p.m.
March 26, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
March 30, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
March 31, 2019, 2 p.m.
Oscar G. Brockett Theatre

By Thom May
Directed by Jess Shoemaker

When Flo has a psychotic break in her first year at college, her itinerant uncle Ira shows up believing he has the cure for her illness. Ten months later, Flo is hiding out in her mom’s shed while she rethinks life with a new diagnosis, her parents Harriet and Matthew are navigating their “unrequited” divorce and Ira is trying to help Flo recover with his own idea of treatment. Flora Circular is a darkly comic family drama that spans from Amherst to Istanbul and back in search of a cure for the past.

The running time for Flora Circular is two hours with one intermission.

Contains some mature content and mention of suicide.


March 12-13, 15, 26, 30 at 7:30 p.m. and March 16, 31 at 2:00 p.m. 

There will be no performances the week of Spring Break between March 18-22.  

Community Engagement Events

There will be a post-performance discussion with members of the creative team following the performance on Sunday, March 31, location to be announced. 

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About the Playwright

Thom May is a playwright and screenwriter from Reading, England, which he likes to refer to as the "Newark of London." He has written for the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, been a member of the Royal Court Studio Group and in 2015 his play war war brand war won the Royal Shakespeare Company's Other Prize. His plays have been performed in London, Austin, Edinburgh, Cambridge and Conventry, and since 2016 he has been a playwriting fellow at the Michener Center for Writers in Austin.

About the Director

Jess Shoemaker is a director/playwriter seeking high stakes, soaring poetry, unabashed emotion and those places where violence and empathy collide. Recent projects include Loverboy by Drew Paryzer (UTNT (UT New Theatre, 2018)) and Venus in Fur by David Ives (Great River Shakespeare Festival, 2018). Her own plays have enjoyed extended runs in Chicago, Los Angeles and Indianapolis. Jess is currently pursuing a M.F.A. in Directing from The University of Texas at Austin and holds a B.F.A. in Acting.

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