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Texas Theatre and Dance presents 12 Ophelias (a play with broken songs)

By Caridad Svich
Directed by Jess Shoemaker

Shakespeare's Ophelia rises up out of the water, dreaming of Pop-Tarts and other sweet things. She finds herself in a neo-Elizabethan Appalachian setting where Gertrude runs a brothel, Hamlet is called a Rude Boy and nothing is what it seems. In this mirrored world of word-scraps and cold sex, Ophelia cuts a new path for herself.

Praised by the Chicago Stage Review as a piece "both aesthetically beguiling and emotionally ravaging," 12 Ophelias (a play with broken songs) combines original music with lyrical poetry and colloquial language in an exploration of broken ambition and liberated desire.

12 Ophelias contains some adult content and is appropriate for ages 13+. Guests should be advised that water is used as part of the show and there is a possibility of splashing, particularly in seats closest to the stage.


Preview: October 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Opening: October 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Additional Performances: October 4–5, 8–12 at 7:30 p.m. and October 5–6, 12–13 at 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 2:00pm

Oscar G. Brockett Theatre, F. Loren Winship Drama Building (WIN)
300 E. 23rd Street, Austin, TX 78712

Event Type

Arts & Humanities


Department of Theatre and Dance, College of Fine Arts

Target Audience

General Public



$15 students, $21 UT Austin faculty/staff, $26 adults

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