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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 contains adult language, content and themes as well as conversation topics that some might find upsetting. Viewer discretion is advised. 

poolboy00 runs approximately 2 hours with one intermission. Times may vary. 

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/ 


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

Performances of poolboy00 as a part of UTNT (UT New Theatre), Part One have now concluded. Those interested in lending support for this project and the work of Texas Theatre and Dance may do so here. (Please note that this support does not include the ability to stream the performance after live shows have concluded). 

Inside Look


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