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SEASON 22 | October 2009
Murder Ballad Murder Mystery
written by Elizabeth Doss | Directed by Dustin Wills
presented by VORTEX Repertory Company and Tutto Theatre Company
of Austin Critics' Table Award for Scenic Design.
(Also nominated for: David Mark Cohen New Play Award; Music Direction;
Ensemble Performance; Costume Design; Lighting Design;
Musical Production; Direction.)
Nominated for 11 B. Iden Payne Awards: Production
of Music Theatre; Director of Music Theatre; Featured Actor in Music
Theatre: Robert Pierson; Actress in Music Theatre: Florinda Bryant
and Content Love Knowles; Set Design; Lighting Design; Costume Design;
Music Director; Original Score; and Outstanding Cast or Ensemble
Murder Ballad Murder Mystery unearths a host of dank and dirty
bayou bandits whose names once marauded headlines, wanted posters,
and LP sleeves. Watch these corpses whittle out new murder tools
to make mincemeat of fair maidens and turn your sweetest dream into
your worst nightmare. This psychedelic bluegrass symphonic romp
through the swamp spins infamous southern-gothic tales of torture
and true crime into a circus massacre of whodunits. A blast from
the past straight up from the grave.
the Austin 360 Article
Featuring an amazing cast including Alex Cogburn,
Andy Tindall, Ben Schave, Cami Alys Frederic, Content Love Knowles,
Elizabeth Doss, Emily Tindall, Florinda Bryant, Hilah Johnson, Kelli
Bland, Mark Stewart, Phillip Emanuel Smith, and Robert Pierson.
Long-time VORTEXian Elizabeth Doss wrote the play,
and Tutto’s stellar talents bring her piece to life on the
The VORTEX stage. Directed by Dustin Wills, Scenic Design by Lisa
Laratta, Lighting Design by Megan M. Reilly, Costume Design by Kim
H. Ngo. Production Photos by Kimberley Mead.