College of Liberal Arts

Performing Blackness Series Presents: TWENTYEIGHT

Friday Aug 4, 2017 8:00 PM | THE VORTEX - 2307 Manor RD Austin, Tx 78712


August 4-19, 2017

“Industry Night” Wednesday, August 16
Live-Streaming Friday, August 11 CST
ASL-Interpreted TBA (Free to deaf and hard-of- hearing audiences)
VORTEX Connects Post Show Discussions TBA


Gale Theatre Company and The VORTEX present TWENTYEIGHT, a new play by Tyler English-Beckwith. TWENTYEIGHT has received developments at the UT Cohen Festival (2015), The VORTEX (2016 & 2017) and Columbia University in NYC (2017).

Set to the hymns of Kanye West, TWENTYEIGHT is the story of six Black people separated from their homes in search of outer space. As they work to build their space craft, they live in constant fear of the sirens and what comes after the sirens are gone.

TWENTYEIGHT is inspired by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement research that concluded in 2012 a Black person was murdered in the United States of America every 28 hours by a police officer or vigilante. TWENTYEIGHT is an afro-futuristic look at police brutality and racial violence in the United States. TWENTYEIGHT asks us, who will survive in the America we are building? And how do we hang on to hope when fear is on the only constant?

Gale Theatre Company is dedicated to presenting new ensemble driven work, training actors, and community collaboration. We strive to make performance that is physically daring, aesthetically arresting, emotionally compelling, and ensemble driven. For more information visit or

Praise for Gale Theatre the “most astonishing and innovative pieces of theater to come along in Austin in quite a while.” W.K. (Broadway World, Jeff Davis, )

“Gale Theatre Company’s play is everything modern theater should be” Salomé (CTX Live Theatre, Brian Scipione)

Performance Ensemble

Delanté Keys, Taji Senior-Gipson, Mae Rose Hill, Oktavea Williams, Kenah Benefield, Jeremy Rashad Brown

production team

Playwright, Tyler English-Beckwith, Directed by Tyler English-Beckwith & Matrex Kilgore, Executive Producer, Katherine Wilkinson, Production Manager/Movement Coordinator/Asst. Director: Brianna Smith, Dramaturgy by Gethsemane Herron-Coward, Lighting Design by Rachel Atkinson, Scenic Design by Ann Marie Gordon, Technical Directtion by Zac Crofford, Stage Management by Valerie Johnson, Asst. Stage Management by Latoya Patterson, Graphic Design by Hakeem Adewumi, Produced by Gale Theatre & The VORTEX

Tickets: $35-$15

  • $35 Priority Seating, $25 General Admission, $15 Discount/Child/Artist/Student/Senior
  • Advanced 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 Thursday and Sunday with donation of 2 cans for SafePlace

TWENTYEIGHT is funded in part by VORTEX Repertory Company, The John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies at the University of Texas, a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, The Austin Awesome Foundation and by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

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