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    The Mikado: Reclaimed

    Presented by and The VORTEX at The VORTEX

    February 12 - February 27, 2016


    The Mikado: Reclaimed

    The Mikado: Reclaimed flips the Gilbert and Sullivan classic on its head, presenting an (almost) all-Asian American cast performing a devised theatre piece with select musical numbers from the (in)famous operetta. Set in an internment camp in the near future, internees seek humanity amidst racism, corruption, and xenophobia. Queer love stories mingle with examinations of yellowface and conflict as we reinvent the well-known characters of Yum-Yum, Nanki-poo, and Ko-Ko. In a political climate of over-crowded immigrant detention centers, calls for “Muslim Bans,” and the largest refugee crisis in decades, The Mikado: Reclaimed explores human resilience and liberation in the face of real and metaphorical confinement.  Three weeks only at The VORTEX.


    Directed by kt shorb

    Featuring: JooHee Anh, Annie Hedrick, Jonathan Itchon, Abigail Lucas, Smalls McCoy, Rachel Steed, and Leng Wong.

    Music Direction by Alex Hartley

    Lighting Design by Shelby Gebhart

    Costume Design by Lirit Pendell

    Cosmetic Design by Amelia Turner

    Scenic Design by Ann Marie Gordon


    The Generic Ensemble Company (GenEnCo) makes the invisible visible through bold, socially relevant, body-centered theatre.


    The VORTEX conjures and navigates the storm of imagination with urgent, unashamed art that dares to dream the world in which we want to live. This magic emanates from our cultural harbor, embraces diverse communities, breaks down barriers, and opens channels for vital exchange.


    kt shorb’s directorial work has won a FronteraFest "Best of Fest," and been shown at the Menil Collection, the Pulitzer Foundation and in many venues across Texas. She is an invited member of the National Institute for Directing & Ensemble Creation.


    “…Ambitious, timely, and vitally important…”

    —Austin American-Statesman on Generic Ensemble Company’s Robin Hood: An Elegy


    "I love what kt shorb does and how she does it, both onstage and off. Whatever she is up to is not to be missed."

    –Anne Bogart, Artistic Director – SITI Company

    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.

    This project is funded and supported in part by VORTEX Repertory Company, a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, and by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

    Tickets and more information

    The VORTEX

    2307 Manor Road
    Austin, TX 78722

    Full map and directions

    Admission Info:

    Tickets: $10-$30
    $30 Priority Seating
    $20 General Admission
    $10 Discount (Artist/Student/Senior)
    Limited Seating. Advanced Reservations Strongly Recommended.

    Phone: 5124785282

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