UTNT (UT New Theatre) presents MotherWitch


UTNT 2018 graphic neon


By Travis Tate
Directed by Lane Michael Stanley

Nights before Darla's 21st birthday, she is told of The Belleford women's great power that she will inherit. Darla's girlfriend is a tad angry with her. Oh, and the family cat, Winston, has started talking. While studying her induction into the family coven, Sherry, Darla's grandmother, falls sick. Darla must negotiate her family's legacy, her power and the love of her life...all before she's able to drink.

MotherWitch contains mature content.

View the playbill for MotherWitch.


April 13, 19, and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and April 15 at 2:00 p.m.

Community Engagement Event

Conjuring #BlackGirlMagic: A Live Podcast Show
April 18 immediately following the 7:30 p.m. performance
Oscar G. Brockett Theatre

Guests are invited to join in a conversation about experiences with representation in MotherWitch and in departments across the university campus. Participants include: LaKayla Williams (M.A./.Ph.D. student / Center for Women's and Gender Studies and the African and African Diaspora Studies Department), Joanna Beltran (M.A. student / Latin American Studies), Shawntal Brown (M.A. student / Center for Women's and Gender Studies), Dalyah Jones (host / reporter for Austin's NPR station, KUT), Briana Barner, (Ph.D. student / Media Studies). Discussion facilitated by Tiffany Thomas (B.A. student / Department of Theatre and Dance).

About the Playwright

Travis Tate is a queer black playwright, poet and performer from Austin, Texas. Their poetry appeared in Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Underblong and Mr. Ma'am, among other publications. Their one-person drag show, It's a Travesty! One Night with Jazzie Mercado!, was presented at the 2017 Cohen New Work Festival and Salvage Vanguard (November 2017).

About the Director

Lane Michael Stanley is a playwright and director, and the found of Coheion Theatre Company in Baltimore, MD. Alice has won Best Director from Baltimore City Paper's Best of Baltimore 2016, The Bad Oracle and DC Metro Theatre Arts, and received the Mayor's Individual Artist Award. Their full-length play Sally McCoy has been workshopped at The Strand Theatre and The Barter Theatre and produced at Cohesion Theatre Company.

About UTNT (UT New Theatre)

UTNT (UT New Theatre), curated by Liz Engelman and Steven Dietz, presents newly developed works from playwrights of Texas Theatre and Dance and the Michener Center for Writers. Now in its eleventh season, this showcase exists as an incubator for new work, with many plays continuing on to be professionally produced across the country. Learn about other current UTNT productions as well as its rich history.


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