by The Vortex

Sep. 17 - Sep. 26, 2015

Hands Up Hoodies Down is a protest song sung in the key of high octane spoken word stanzas exploding through tears and heartache; it's the balled fist full of possibilities; it’s the feeling of the day after the riot and no place to buy groceries; it’s the mother's moan and the father's wail. How do we react when human beings are taken out of existence?  

Hands Up Hoodies Down is the return of this critically-acclaimed hip hop theatre and dance piece for our times, originally presented at The VORTEX last March. Conceived, directed, and co-written by Zell Miller III, with contributions from Chelsea Manasseri. Choreography by Sadé Jones. The cast features T-Fly, Kann, Da’Shade Moonbeam, Zell Miller III, Chelsea Manasseri, Sadé Jones, and the Ashé Arts Collective.

“Hands Up Hoodies Down blends slam poetry, music, rap, movement, and improvisation together for a poignant piece with a message as loud and clear as the chants at rallies nationwide: #BlackLivesMatter”.  —Austin Chronicle, March 2015


Click to go to audio feature by Michael Lee at KUT-FM, September 14, 2015

by Zell Miller III and Chelsea Manasseri
The Vortex

September 17 - September 26, 2015
The Vortex
2307 Manor Road
Austin, TX, 78722

September 17-26, 2015 Thursday-Saturday 8 pm - 6 nights only!!
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: $30-$10
$30 Priority Seating  
$20 General Admission 
$10 Artist/Student/Senior
www.vortexrep.org or 512-478-5282

on-line tickets HERE

Advance Reservations Recommended. Limited seating.

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 Thursdays with donation of 2 cans for SafePlace