By Dan Caffrey
Directed by Alice Stanley
In the summer of 1916, a series of fatal shark attacks terrorized the New Jersey Shore. Further inland, a polio epidemic plagued Philadelphia, while the cloud of World War I loomed over the Nation. As the forces of nature, disease and war close in, characters who struggle to change must face a creature whose evolution has led to millions of years of survival. Spanning several cities, the infinite depths of the ocean and the point of view of the shark herself, Matawan examines how our internal anxieties are often just as terrifying as our national catastrophes.
Matawan was a finalist for the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference (2013) and premiered at Chicago's Athenaeum Theatre (2015).
The running time for Matawan is approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.
Preview: October 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Opening: October 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Additional Performances: October 12, 16-20 at 7:30 p.m. and October 14, 20-21 at 2:00 p.m.
Community Engagement Events
There will be a post-performance discussion with members of the Community Engagement team immediately following performances on October 11 and 18 in the Oscar G. Brockett Theatre.
- Meet the Cast: "Matawan" - OFF BOOK: A Theatre and Dance Blog
- Playing with the Past: History and "Matawan" - OFF BOOK: A Theatre and Dance Blog
- Shark tale ‘Matawan’ shows beauty and fury of nature - austin360