Building the Wall
by University of Texas Theatre & Dance

Aug. 30 - Sep. 10, 2017

Written in "a white heat" fury following the November 2016 election, Schenkkan's Building the Wall imagines a dystopia impacted by President Trump's border and immigration policies. It's the near future and millions of undocumented immigrants have been detained in overflowing prisons. Now, a writer interrogates the director of a private prison as he awaits sentencing for carrying out the federal policy that has escalated into the unimaginable. This riveting and illuminating drama delivers a powerful warning and puts a human face on the inhuman, revealing how, when personal accountability is denied, what seems inconceivable becomes inevitable. 


"A mesmerizing and shocking new play that simmers with of-the-moment urgency."

- The Hollywood Reporter

The regional premiere, directed by Brant Pope, showcases a professional cast, including Franchelle Stewart Dorn as “Gloria” and David Sitler as “Rick.”

The running time for Building the Wall is approximately 90 minutes. There is no intermission.

The play includes adult language and mature content and may be inappropriate for age 13 and under.

Tickets on sale beginning June 19, 2017 

Accessible seating is available at all our venues. If you require wheelchair accessibility or have other special seating concerns, please notify the Box Office at the time of your ticket purchase.

To request sign interpretation, audio description, FM listening devices, Braille or large print programs for any other Texas Performing Arts event, please call our Box Office at 512.471.1444 no less than two weeks before the event date. Services are not guaranteed for all events, but we will make every effort to accommodate each request.

Click for review by Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal, May 25, 2017

Click for feature by Robert Faires, September 1, 2017

Building the Wall
by Robert Schekkan
University of Texas Theatre & Dance

August 30 - September 10, 2017
University of Texas (other)
between Guadalupe and Red River
between 29th and Martin Luther King Blvd
Austin, TX, 78712
By Robert Schenkkan 


August 30-September 10, 2017 

The University of Texas at Austin
Oscar G. Brockett Theatre 
300 E. 23rd Street 
Austin, Texas 78712 


Handicap accessible (if given the option to select)  
Tickets:  $15-26 

 512-477-6060 (tickets) 


Aug. 30, 7:30 PM
Aug. 31, 7:30 PM
Sep. 1, 7:30 PM
Sep. 2, 2:00 PM
Sep. 2, 7:30 PM
Sep. 3, 2:00 PM
Sep. 3, 7:30 PM
Sep. 5, 7:30 PM
Sep. 6, 7:30 PM
Sep. 7, 7:30 PM
Sep. 8, 7:30 PM
Sep. 10, 2:00 PM