by University of Texas Theatre & Dance

Oct. 10 - Oct. 21, 2018

 In the summer of 1916, a series of fatal shark attacks terrorized the New Jersey Shore. Further inland, a polio epidemic plagued Philadelphia, while the cloud of World War I loomed over the Nation. As the forces of nature, disease and war close in, characters who struggle to change must face a creature whose evolution has led to millions of years of survival. Spanning several cities, the infinite depths of the ocean and the point of view of the shark herself, Matawan examines how our internal anxieties are often just as terrifying as our national catastrophes.
Directed by Alice Stanley.

Matawan was a finalist for the Eugene O'Neil National Playwrights Conference (2013) and premiered at Chicago's Athenaeum Theatre (2015). 

The running time for Matawan is approximately 90 minutes with no intermission. 

Matawan features an all-star cast of University of Texas at Austin students, including Emily Garcia(Old Blue), Christian Scheller (Dr. Eugene Vansant), Juleeane Villareal (Louisa Vansant), Devin Ramirez (Charles Vansant), Sahil Bhutani (Robert Engle), Jayla Ball (Charles Bruder), Brooks Laney(Watson Stanley Fisher), Grace Bohn (Luella Stillwell), Cat Palacious (Lester Stillwell), Shane Colwell(Captain Cottrell), Kyle Cordova (George Burlew), Khali Sykes (Mary Anderson) and Guinevere Govea, as well as an acting ensemble,  including Rebecca East, Anapaula Guajardo, Shannon Homan and Morgan Riddle, and a movement ensemble featuring Alexadra Armbruster, Kialond Bronson-Smith, Kathleen Marie Guerrero, Nick Saldivar, Paola Montserrat Santibanez, Carlie Schoultz, Tori Schulze and Azari Sumbler.

The production’s creative team includes Dan Caffrey (Playwright), Alice Stanley (Director), Zoe Anderson (Scenic Designer), Scott Bussey (Technical Director), Laura Epperson (Community Engagement Lead), Stephanie Fisher (Costume Designer), Helen Hetrick (Stage Manager), Isaac Iskra (Choregrapher), Qi Jiajing (Lighting Designer), Sam Lipman (Sound Designer and Composer), Adam Miller-Batteau (Fight and Intimacy Director), Kirstin Perkins (Dramaturg), Alice Stanley(Director) and Mingxiang Ya (Projection Designer).



by Dan Caffrey
University of Texas Theatre & Dance

October 10 - October 21, 2018
Winship Drama Building (WIN), University of Texas
300 East 23rd Street
Austin, TX, 78712

Preview October 10 at 7:30 p.m. 
Opening October 11 at 7:30 p.m. 
Additional Performances: October 12, 16-20 at 7:30 p.m., and October 14, 20-21 at 2:00 p.m.

 Tickets: $15-26 ($15 for students, $21 for University of Texas at Austin staff/faculty, $26 for adults)
Box Office: 512-477-6060