by The Vortex

Jan. 15 - Feb. 06, 2016

The VORTEX presents the world premiere of Terminus by Gabriel Jason Dean, directed by Rudy Ramirez. An intimate family drama haunted by the traumas of race and class in the South, Terminus is another visceral and heartbreaking chapter in Gabriel Jason Dean’s cycle of plays about the Georgia working class, The Attapulgus Elegies.


For years, Eller Freeman has raised her grandson, Jaybo, in the same ramshackle house by the railroad tracks where she grew up. Their love has seen them through loss and violence, but as Jaybo struggles to imagine a future as a mixed-race young man in rural Georgia, Eller’s mind begins to deteriorate, and the ghosts of a long-buried crime rise from the depths of memory, demanding justice even if it means destroying the home that Eller and Jaybo have built with their hearts. 


(poster design by Melissa Vogt, photo by Errich Petersen)


Featuring Jennifer Underwood as Eller Freeman, Jacques Colimon as Jaybo Freeman, Hayley Armstrong as Finch Finch, Samuel Grimes as Bones Boyd, Cara Spradling as Annie, Errich Petersen as Jim, Jennifer Coy as Leafy, and Matrex Kilgore as Blondie. Scenic Design by Ann Marie Gordon.  Lighting Design by Patrick Anthony.  Stage Management by Tamara L. Farley.  


In 2013, The VORTEX produced Gabriel Jason Dean's Qualities of Starlight to tremendous acclaim from audiences and critics alike, winning 7 B. Iden Payne Awards including Outstanding Production of a Comedy and Outstanding Original Script. It was also nominated for the David Mark Cohen New Play Award and Outstanding Production and Direction of a Drama by the Austin Critics’ Table. Terminus reunites playwright Gabriel Jason Dean with Qualities of Starlight star Jennifer Underwood, director Rudy Ramirez, celebrated designers Ann Marie Gordon, Patrick Anthony, and Helen Parish, and The VORTEX’s exceptional production team for another journey to Attapulgus County, GA. 


Feature by Jeanne Claire van Ryzin in the Austin Statesman, January 9, 2016


[poster design: Melissa Vogt;photo: Errich Petersen]


by Gabriel Jason Dean
The Vortex

January 15 - February 06, 2016
The Vortex
2307 Manor Road
Austin, TX, 78722

January 15-February 6, 2016   8 pm

ASL-interpreted Saturday, January 23

Live-streaming Friday, January 29 on Howlround.tv

 Tickets sliding scale $10 - $30 available via Vortex ticketing on-line