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UTNT (UT New Theatre): poolboy00

By Sam Mayer
Directed by Mike Steele

Presented primarily on Twitch, poolboy00 is part reality show, part livestream. Come watch poolboy00 hang with his friends, work out, write in his journal, talk to strangers and try to make his life into art (it’s hard because life is mostly really boring so please chat with poolboy00 and help something interesting happen. Because something has to happen. Right?)

The chat is open, the water is nice, so hop on in and be a part of the show! POOLBOY00 LIVE ON TWITCH

poolboy00 contains mature language, content and themes. Viewer discretion is advised. 

Note from the Producing Artistic Directors

What happens when you combine one part experimental new media, one part uncensored and candid happening and one part reality television? You get poolboy00. Playwright Sam Mayer and his co-conspirator Mike Steele are pioneering new terrain of digital programming. And the content - which was culled from many weeks of livestreaming on Twitch - is meant for adults with an appetite for adventure and mayhem. Enjoy! 

Learn more about UTNT (UT New Theatre), Part One Here

About the Playwright

Sam Mayer is from Houston. His plays include Chet's Summer Vacation (Kennedy Center; Intramural Productions; Rec Room Arts), Spitshow (Collective48), Maria Maria and the Sun Tea (Finalist, Playwrights Center Core Apprentice), and The Yolo Plays Pt. 1 & 2 (The Silent Barn; Collective 48). His work has been developed at SPACE on Ryder Farm. He is an M.F.A. candidate at the Michener Center for Writers at The University of Texas at Austin.

About the Director

Mike Steele is a director, performer and writer from Chicago, Illinois. In Chicago, he is a company member with Trap Door Theatre and founder of the “Trap Open” Incubator Series, which focuses on producing new experimental work created by emerging artists. At Trap Door, Steele directed The Killer by Eugene Ionesco and Sad Happy Sucker by Lee Kirk. Steele is also the former founding Artistic Director of The Island Theatre of Chicago. During his time with The Island, he led the creation of several originally-devised plays including Tourist Trap (an immersive look at the history of escapology) and The Glass Inward (a media-infused adaptation of "Orlando" by Virginia Woolf). Recently, Steele has been devising and directing a series of original dance-theatre pieces titled The Capillaries, which have been presented at Links Hall where he is a former resident artist. Also an actor, Steele has performed with numerous Chicago theatre companies and toured internationally performing in cities across Poland, Romania, Hungary and the Republic of Moldova. Steele holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Studies from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. http://steelemike.com/ 

Performances

November 5 at 8:30 p.m. CST
November 6 at 8:30 p.m. CST
November 7 at 8:30 p.m. CST

TWO WAYS TO WATCH: Audiences have the option to view performances of poolboy00 as a livestreamed performance presented here on the Department of Theatre and Dance website or choose to participate in an interactive presentation (with chat), hosted live on Twitch. 

VIEW THE PERFORMANCE HERE

BE PART OF THE INTERACTIVE AUDIENCE: VIEW THE PERFORMANCE ON TWITCH HERE

Ticketing 

poolboy00 will be available to audiences free of charge. You may view the performance either on the theatre and dance website or through an interactive presentation via Twitch. While there are no tickets for this event, we encourage those who are able to lend support to both this project and future projects on behalf of Texas Theatre and Dance. Those interested in supporting this project may do so at the link below: 

SUPPORT

Accessibility 

To request accessible viewing options for virtual performances, please notify us HERE no less than one week prior to the event date. Services are not guaranteed for all events, but we will make every effort to accommodate all requests. Please specify your preferred language when submitting your request so we can make arrangements accordingly. 

Other resources for captioning live performance and events can be found on our Accessibility page HERE


Titles, dates, artists and venues are subject to change.  

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