Austin Ukrainian Play Readings
by The Vortex

Aug. 20 - Aug. 21, 2022

(via The Vortex)The VORTEX, La Fenice, Crown Theatre, and Tooth & Claw present

Austin for Ukraine, Round 2
An evening of staged readings to benefit Ukraine

For two evenings, August 20th and 21st, 2022, The VORTEX, La Fenice, Crown Theatre, and Tooth & Claw present staged readings by Ukrainian playwrights with all proceeds benefitting Voices of Children, a nonprofit giving psychological and psychosocial support to children and mothers affected by the war in Ukraine. The playwrights have waived fees for this production and all the artists involved are donating their time to support this cause.

Programming for this presentation of staged readings includes:

A Dictionary of Emotions in Time of War (Parts I and II) by Elena Astaseva (translated by John Freedman), directed by Kate Meehan of La Fenice and featuring Adam Rodriguez, Kelsey Smith, Nola Lafayette, and Tobie Minor. This play was commissioned by Philip Arnoult's Center for International Theatre Development.

The Russian Soldier by Ihor Bilyts (translated by John Freedman), directed by Andrea Smith of Crown Theatre and featuring Samuel Grimes, Kate Meehan, and Melissa Vogt.

Metrosexuals by Tetyana Kytsenko (translated by John Freedman), directed by Nola Lafayette of Tooth & Claw and featuring Leo Chavez. US English Language premiere!

City Behind the Wallpaper by Natalia Blok (translated by John Farndon), directed by Clarissa Smith of The VORTEX and featuring Jessica Champion, Christina R. Natividad, Clarissa Smith, Bruce Ewing, and Wade Beesley.

Performance space provided by The VORTEX. The B. Iden Payne Committee is underwriting all printing costs and box office fees for this production.


The VORTEX Mission: We conjure urgent, unashamed art to create action in a shifting age. We embrace diverse communities, break down barriers, and elevate inclusive discourse from our cultural harbor in Austin, Texas. We enliven humanity with magical green new theatre at our Butterfly Bar and Sanctuary.

The VORTEX Core Values: Our core values are encompassed by the Pentacle of Integrity: Transformation, Magic, Community, Diversity, and Earth. Integrity lives at our core. We engage in radical transformation through edge-walking artistic creations and innovations. Magic emanates from our cultural harbor, engaging Spirit. Our space and our culture support expanding circles of inclusive community. Our art reflects diversity of people and voices from the global majority. Sustainability and environmentalism center Earth at our foundation.


Austin Ukrainian Play Readings
by various
The Vortex

August 20 - August 21, 2022
The Vortex
2307 Manor Road
Austin, TX, 78722

August 20 & 21, 2022 2 nights only!! 8 pm

The Eloise Stage @ The VORTEX Tickets: $37 - $15 or 512-478-5282
All proceeds benefit Voices for Children

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