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2021/2022 Season

2021/2022 Season

Texas Theatre and Dance is pleased to present the 2021/2022 Season, featuring new works by emergent playwrights, an exploration of movement and meaning, a powerful play about the nuances of political resistance, an investigation of human emotion, connection and technology and a reflection on the magnitude and impact of an individual in the grand scheme of existence. 

New this season, the inaugural Studio Series presents a reflection, meditation and ritual that calls upon the ghosts of our disability ancestors. The newly-established Studio Series, presented as part of the mainstage season, will feature new, innovative and creative works in a space that allows for growth, experimentation and further development. 

Learn more about COVID-19 safety guidelines at the Department of Theatre and Dance for performance venues HERE

As we collectively move towards the return of in-person performance, we want to share a special note of thanks with our audiences, whose continued support enables us to further cultivate the future of the next generation of artists. We look forward to seeing you at the theatre this season. 


2021/2022 SEASON

Sonnets for an Old Century

By José Rivera

Could you capture your life’s journey in the length of a sonnet?

Sonnets for an Old Century examines what it means to be alive at this particular time and place and what traces each of us will leave behind. In a series of exquisitely written monologues, using dance and live music, Sonnets captures the subtle, often overlooked treasures of everyday life.

Performances

October 6-17, 2021
Oscar G. Brockett Theatre


The Tasters 

By Meghan Brown 

With government leaders getting poisoned left and right, the Tasters have an important job — eating delicious, gourmet meals, and then waiting to see if they die. When one rebellious taster goes on hunger strike, the reverberation of her choice threatens to disrupt the order of their world and change the course of history. Equal parts Hunger Games, The Handmaid’s Tale and Food Network, Meghan Brown’s darkly funny, sharp new play explores the nuances of political resistance, self-interest and individual action taken to create hope in the face of hopelessness.

Performances 

November 3-14, 2021 
B. Iden Payne Theatre

BOOK TICKETS


Dance Repertory Theatre presents
PIVOT

Producing Artistic Director, Charles O. Anderson
Artistic Director, Dorothy O'Shea Overbey

Dance Repertory Theatre returns in the spring with a series of new choreographic works that speak to our collective resilience, adaptability and lived experience. PIVOT features work by renowned guest artists, faculty and student choreographers as well as the return of the annual Haruka Weiser Memorial Commission. 

Performances 

April 6-10, 2022
B. Iden Payne Theatre


Love and Information

By Caryl Churchill

Someone sneezes. Someone can’t get a signal. Someone won’t answer the door. Someone put an elephant on the stairs. Someone’s not ready to talk. Someone is her brother’s mother. Someone hates irrational numbers. Someone told the police. Someone got a message from the traffic light. Someone’s never felt like this before.

In this fast moving kaleidoscope, more than a hundred characters try to make sense of what they know.

Performances 

April 13-24, 2022
Oscar G. Brockett Theatre

2021/2022 SERIES PLUS

Dance Repertory Theatre presents 
Fall For Dance

Producing Artistic Director, Erica Gionfriddo 
Artistic Directors Leah Cox, Joel Valentín-Martínez

Under the artistic direction of Leah Cox and Joel Valentín-Martínez with producing artistic director Erica Gionfriddo, Dance Repertory Theatre returns to the stage with poignant new works of choreography that seek to challenge and expand our understanding of the power of dance to change and transform, as well as an exploration of our collective transition through the COVID-19 pandemic and how we can take lessons learned to the other side of this ongoing metamorphosis. 

More information about Fall For Dance will be made available Fall 2021. 
Performances 

November 10-21, 2021
Oscar G. Brockett Theatre

BOOK TICKETS


"Kimmy"

By Farah Lawal Harris 

Presented as a radio play with visual elements. 

When Kemi, a 12-year-old first-generation Nigerian girl, moves from Washington, D.C. to Montgomery County, Maryland, her efforts to fit in at her new school are halted by her father's taxicab and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Performances 

December 3-4, 2022
Oscar G. Brockett Theatre


UTNT (UT New Theatre)
New plays by M.F.A. playwrights 

Producing Artistic Director, KJ Sanchez
Associate Producing Artistic Director, Alexandra Bassiakou Shaw

UTNT (UT New Theatre) presents newly developed works from playwrights of Texas Theatre and Dance and Michener Center for Writers. Now celebrating its 15th season, this showcase exists as an incubator for new work, with many plays continuing on to be professionally produced across the country. 

The plays featured in the 2022 presentation of UTNT (UT New Theatre) include: 

Jinkies! or The Dog Play
By Josiah T. Turner 
Directed by Braxton Rae

Murky as Hell
Written and Directed by Andrea L. Hart

Tiny Fingerprints
By Jaymes Sanchez
Directed by Adam Flores

Performances 

March 2-11, 2022
Oscar G. Brockett Theatre

2021/2022 STUDIO SERIES

NEW THIS SEASON: Texas Theatre and Dance is pleased to announce the inaugural year of our Studio Series. These works are curated to represent new, risk-taking projects by faculty and staff of the Department of Theatre and Dance in a space that allows for growth, exploration and experimentation. 

kin • song: ode to disability ancestors 

Conceived and directed by Alexis Riley 

kin • song: ode to disability ancestors is a digital performance ritual, a cybernetic seance. Through monologue, dialogue, puppetry, song and dance, we will join creative forces to call upon the ghosts of our disability ancestors, waking them from their unmarked graves to join us in an act of mourning, celebration and care. Here, in the sacred timespace of performance, we will name them, claim them and honor their brilliance, all before (finally) laying them to rest. 

Performances

December 2-4 (performances online)
December 6-12 (performances available on-demand)


As the future of the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, we remain committed to the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and audiences. All titles, dates, times and venues are subject to change.

Information, Updates and News from The University of Texas at Austin related to COVID-19 are available here.

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