Twentyeight. A new play. First 2 weeks at The Vortex @ The VORTEX, Austin [from 4 to 18 August]

Twentyeight. A new play. First 2 weeks at The Vortex

4 - 18
20:00 - 20:00

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2307 Manor Rd, Austin, Texas 78722
Gale Theatre Company and The VORTEX present TWENTYEIGHT, a new play by Tyler English-Beckwith. TWENTYEIGHT has received developments at the UT Cohen Festival (2015), The VORTEX (2016 & 2017) and Columbia University in NYC (2017).

Set to the hymns of Kanye West, TWENTYEIGHT is the story of six Black people separated from their homes in search of outer space. As they work to build their space craft, they live in constant fear of the sirens and what comes after the sirens are gone.

When: August 4-19, 2017 8pm
3 Weeks Only!!! Thursday-Sunday
“Industry Night” Wednesday, August 16 8pm
Live-Streaming Friday, August 11 8pm CST
ASL-Interpreted August 5
VORTEX Connects Post Show Discussions August 5,12, 18
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TWENTYEIGHT is inspired by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement research that concluded in 2012 a Black person was murdered in the United States of America every 28 hours by a police officer or vigilante. TWENTYEIGHT is an afro-futuristic look at police brutality and racial violence in the United States. TWENTYEIGHT asks us, who will survive in the America we are building? And how do we hang on to hope when fear is on the only constant?

Gale Theatre Company is dedicated to presenting new ensemble driven work, training actors, and community collaboration. We strive to make performance that is physically daring, aesthetically arresting, emotionally compelling, and ensemble driven. For more information visit or


Playwright, Tyler English-Beckwith
Directors, Tyler English-Beckwith & Matrex Kilgore
Executive Producer, Katherine Wilkinson
Production Manager/Movement Coordinator/Asst. Director, Brianna Susan Smith
Dramaturgy, Gethsemane Herron
Lighting Design, Rachel Atkinson
Scenic Design, Ann Marie Gordon
Technical Director, Zac Crofford
Stage Manager, Valerie Johnson
Asst. Stage Manager, Anna Eisley
Graphic Design & Photography by Hakeem Adewumi
Produced by Gale Theatre Company & The VORTEX

Performance Ensemble:
Delanté Keys
Taji Senior-Gipson
Mae Rose Hill
Oktavea Williams
Kenah Benefield
Jeremy Rashad Brown



Where: The VORTEX, 2307 Manor Rd. Austin, TX 78722
Free Parking. Bus Route.
The Butterfly Bar @ The VORTEX opens nightly at 5pm with full bar, hand-crafted cocktails, and snacks.
Patrizi’s @ The VORTEX opens nightly at 5pm with delicious homemade Italian food.

Tickets: $35-$15
$35 Priority Seating
$25 General Admission
$15 Discount/Child/Artist/Student/Senior
Advanced Reservations Recommended. Limited seating. or 512-478-5282
Radical Rush Free Tickets: Limited free tickets for each performance in the spirit of sustainability, accessibility, and the gift economy. Radical Rush tickets released at 7pm each night-in-person only.
2-for-1 admission Thursday and Sunday with donation of 2 cans for SafePlace


(Post Show Discussions)

August 5th
Austin justice coalition
AJC’s mission is to provide the tools for people of color and people who are marginalized to improve their lives by being the driving force behind their own liberation. AJC serves people who are historically and systematically impacted by gentrification, segregation, over policing, a lack of educational and employment opportunities, and other institutional forms of racism in Austin.

August 12th
Jeffery Deshade Moonbeam Johnson
Queen Deelah

August 18th
Conversation with the playwright
Dr.Lisa B. Thompson
Tyler English- Beckwith



the “most astonishing and innovative pieces of theater to come along in Austin in quite a while.”
-W.K. Review from Broadway World, Jeff Davis
“Gale Theatre Company’s play is everything modern theater should be”
-Salomé review from CTX Live Theatre, Brian Scipione


TWENTYEIGHT is funded in part by VORTEX Repertory Company, The John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies at the University of Texas, a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, Awesome Foundation Austin and by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.
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