by New Manifest Theatre Company

Jun. 16 - Jul. 03, 2022


When shit goes down, your girls show up. Waking up to a shocking and personal health scare, Octavia and her best friends, June and Imani, go on a crusade to find intimacy and joy in a world that could give a fuck less about them or their feelings. This 24-hour blitz explores what it is to be a queer blk woman in 2015 New York, how we survive and save ourselves from ourselves.


“Aiming to be a raucous comedy of misbehavior and a quiet tragedy of mistreatment, [BLKS] amazingly succeeds at both…For quite a stretch of the breakneck 90-minute production, you feel the pure joy of seeing the best of people at their worst…the uncomfortable proximity of terror and pleasure, the mark of mortality in the midst of intimacy, percolates beneath the surface at all times, so that even at its most extreme and obscene—BLKS is not for prudish ears or eyes—it is serious and sad and profoundly human.” —NY Times.

“Unvarnished and totally uninhibited, [BLKS] is hilarious in the most uncomfortable ways. It’s the kind of comedy you watch with one hand covering your eyes, and the other suspending your dropped jaw…Barnes’s lack of fear as a writer is what makes BLKS a particularly joyous experience…Each of Barnes’s characters is a mess in his or her own special way, and it is in their flaws that we are best able to see reflections of ourselves—and laugh-cringe at the mirror’s harsh truth.” —

“…[a] disarming, vivacious comedy…Barnes’s irreverent and exuberant play, saturated in race and sexuality, is part romantic sitcom, part existential reflection…Before you know it, a deep, soulful riff is unwinding…It’s a persistent, perceptive entertainer. The zest of these women is off the charts.” —Washington Post.


Join us in celebrating Juneteenth and PRIDE Month with this night out to the theatre, including pre-show community markets and post-show discussions after select performances. 

by Aziza Barnes
New Manifest Theatre Company

June 16 - July 03, 2022
Rogge Ranch House
3506 Rogge Lane 78723
Austin, TX, 78723

The show will run 6/16/2022 - 7/3/2022, Thursdays - Sundays at 8 p.m.

Final weekend cancelled:


(New Manifest, via Facebook, July 1, 2022)

Rogge Ranch House LLC

3506 Rogge Lane

Austin, TX 78723

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Tickets are $15 or pay-what-you-can, available at Eventbrite (Click HERE).


Parking Directions: GPS/maps will take you to gated entrance. Main parking area is warehouse lot next door. Warehouse lot is second drive from Springdale. Please park along fence and never block shared driveway with neighbor and avoid back area of warehouse.

COVID Safety Guidelines:
To ensure the safety and comfort of our artists, masks are required.
Proof of vaccination / negative covid test required at check-in.
If you do not have a vaccination card, please provide a negative covid test taken within 24 hours of the event. Photos of your card or negative test are fine. 

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