Tjipetir: A Search History


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By I.B. Hopkins
Directed by Jess Shoemaker

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An uptight etymologist finds herself on a warped detective case when pieces of rubber begin washing up on beaches all over the world. The single word inscribed on each of them, “TJIPETIR,” leads her on a dizzying expedition into submarine warfare, a Javanese rubber plantation, the history of the internet, an octopus with a vendetta and a dark family secret.


March 5-6, 8, 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Acting Studio (WIN 2.180)

About the Playwright

I.B. Hopkins is a playwright from Gainsville, Georgia. He writes about obsession, empire collapse, unruly time and the analog magic that knits us all together. His plays and musicals have been performed in Atlanta, New York, Savannah and Austin.

About the Director

Jess Shoemaker is a director/playwright currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Directing at Thew Univesity of Texas at Austin. Last semester, Jess directed 12 Ophelias for the UT Theatre Department. This will be her third year directing for UTNT (Flora Circular, Loverboy) and she is thrilled to be directing Tjipetir this year. Professional credits include Venus is Fur (Great River Shakespeare Festival) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Grandstreet Theatre). Before coming to graduate school and falling madly in love with new work, Shoemaker spent 10 years acting, coaching and teaching classical text. Her own plays have enjoyed extended runs in Chicago and Los Angeles.

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