PLAYING AT THE VORTEX
The VORTEX presents The World Premiere of
A Dark Fairytale Adventure by Reina Hardy | Directed by Rudy Ramirez
Jan.16-February 7, 2015
Changelings conjures a magical realm where anything is possible. A VORTEX World Premiere of a new play by Reina Hardy, Changelings blends fantasy and adventure to create a vibrant pop mythology that is entertaining, yet unnerving. Integrating puppetry, acrobatics, and original music, Rudy Ramirez directs a stellar cast in the creation of the fairyland beneath Austin. But beware these fairies—they might steal your babies! With exuberant spectacle and nods to 1980’s classic fantasy flicks, Changelings appeals to a broad audience of all ages.
The story: The Powers family suffers from a rare inherited condition-- their babies are stolen away by a fairy. Megan Powers wants to defy the odds, but her brother, Luther, has to stop her wedding at any cost, even if it means revealing the secret, magical world beneath the city of Austin to an outsider.
When he teams up with a love-struck magician to defeat the Wicked Child, Luther discovers a startling truth and unleashes a danger that cannot be controlled. Changelings asks frightening questions about the making of children and the making of monsters.
The VORTEX debuted Reina Hardy’s delightful play, Stars and Barmen in 2013. It was nominated for a B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Original Script. The VORTEX is pleased to present the World Premiere of Hardy’s next visionary piece.
Directed by Rudy Ramirez. Scenic Design by Ann Marie Gordon. Lighting Design by Patrick Anthony. Costume Design by Jennifer Rose Davis. Original Musical Score and Sound Design by Chris Humphrey. Puppets and props by Melissa Vogt, Helen Parish, and Ann Marie Gordon.
Changelings features Travis Bedard as Magus Kemp, Zac Carr as Timothy Stamp, Nickclette Izuegbu as Pandora, Mindy Rast Keenan as Bantam Beth, Ben McLemore as Luther Powers, Julie Moore as Luwis, Amber Quick as The Luck Angel, Laura Ray as Megan Powers, Gricelda Silva as The Wicked Child, Amelia Turner as The Whiteling, and the Movement Chorus of Jonathan Itchon, Winnie Hsia, Melissa Treviño, and Joanna Wright.
Tickets: $30 Priority Seating , $20 General Admission $10 Artist/Student/Senior
Advanced Reservations Recommended.
2-for-1 admission Thursday and Sunday with donation of 2 cans for SafePlace
Radical Rush offers limited free tickets each performance in the spirit of sustainability, accessibility, and participating in the gift economy. Radical Rush tickets released at 7pm each night--
The VORTEX is funded and supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.