a place called the middle


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March 26, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
March 27, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
March 29, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
March 30, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
March 31, 2019, 2 p.m.
Studio Theatre 2.180

By I-Chia Chiu
Directed by Adam L. Sussman

Performed in collaboration with the audience, a place called the middle is a participatory journey to a mythical hometown called "the middle," a place where the earth moves so slowly that its inhabitants live for only half a day. The performance explores the idea of remembering, returning and reliving. Are we always traveling? How do we see and help each other in the middle of our own stories?

The run time for a place called the middle is 75 minutes with no intermission.

This production contains the use of food (honey). 

This performance is interactive and will involve participatory movement.


March 26-27, 29-30 at 7:30 p.m. and March 31 at 2:00 p.m. 

Advance reservations for this production are now closed. There will be a limited number of walk-up tickets available at the Winship Box Office on the date of the performance on a first-come, first-served basis starting one hour before the performance.

Community Engagement Events

There will be post-performance discussions with members of the creative team following the performances on Wednesday, March 27 and Friday, March 29. 

About the Playwright

I-Chia Chiu is a theatre-maker and a storyteller. She writes plays, poems and fairy tales. She is also passionate about devising and teaching. Chiu strives to make her work with a focus on memory, reciprocity, mutual-invitation and community-building. Her works have been developed by Stumbling Ostrich, a theatre ensemble she founded in Taiwan. She is current a M.F.A. in Playwriting candidate at The University of Texas at Austin.

About the Director

Adam L. Sussman is an award-winning theatre maker and M.F.A. in Directing candidate at The University of Texas at Austin. Recent directing credits include The Merchant of Venice with Texas Theatre and Dance ("One of the top production of 2018" Austin American-Statesman) and The Tiny Banger (Trinity Street Players), a film and theatre piece by Alice Stanley about urban homelessness. Prior to moving to Austin, Sussman was the literary manager at Custom Made Theatre Company, a Bret C. Hard Directing Fellow at The Berkeley Repertory Theatre and a longtime participant and co-organizer of the International Home Theatre Festival. This is his third UTNT (UT New Theatre) production.

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