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    Atlantis: A Puppet Opera

    Presented by at The VORTEX

    September 3 - September 24, 2016


    Atlantis: A Puppet Opera


    in association with The VORTEX

    presents the world premiere of

    Atlantis: a Puppet Opera

    Music and Libretto by Chad Salvata

    Directed by Bonnie Cullum


    When: September 3-24, 2016 8pm

    Theatre Industry Night on Wednesday, September 21

    American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreted Performance September 10

    Live Streaming on Friday, September 16

    Naked Feast: Atlantis Saturday, September 17


    Where: The VORTEX, 2307 Manor Rd. Austin, TX 78722

    Free Parking. Bus Route.

    The Butterfly Bar @ The VORTEX opens nightly at 5pm with full bar and hand-crafted cocktails.

    Patrizi’s @ The VORTEX opens nightly at 5pm with delicious homemade Italian food.


    Tickets: $10-$30

    $30 Priority (Seated first)

    $20 General

    $10 Discount (Seated last)

    While Atlantis is intended for adults and contains some puppet violence and puppet nudity, older children may attend.

    Limited Seating. Advanced Reservations Strongly Recommended.  or 512-478-5282


    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


    The VORTEX is on fire with excitement over this amazing new puppet opera!! Ethos has teamed up with VORTEX artists create a magnificent and inventive piece of theatre opening September 3: Atlantis, a Puppet Opera. Ethos Artistic Director, Chad Salvata has created a mythic world of powerful warring religious zealots who are obsessed with world domination and non-renewable energy. With a soaring original score and some of Austin’s best vocalists, this production is sure to be one of the most exceptional theatrical works of the year.


    In Atlantis, Queen Solstra and Prince Helios, with their mighty battleship Invinctus, seek world domination through a war with Lemuria and its powerful Dragon Air Ship. They must harvest the Red Eye of the last Kracken for the Red Energy, but their greed and thirst for revenge will lead to the inevitable destruction of civilization. A cautionary environmental tale with Chad Salvata’s dynamic original score offers a magical realm with fantastical puppets, magnificent production designs, seductive Mermaids, a monstrous Kracken, and majestic Oceans.


    The production team of Atlantis: A Puppet Opera is packed full of award-winning creators, directors, and designers. Director Bonnie Cullum (VORTEX Producing Artistic Director) has teamed up with Connor Hopkins (Trouble Puppet Artistic Director) and Caroline Reck (Glass Half Full Theatre Artistic Director) and award-winning VORTEX designers Ann Marie Gordon and Melissa Vogt to bring the puppets and scenery of Atlantis: A Puppet Opera to life. Jason Amato returns to Austin to contribute his stunning lighting design to the world of Atlantis. Roy Taylor engineers the sound design for Salvata’s score with vocal arrangements by Anderson Dear. VORTEX Resident Stage Manager Tamara L. Farley manages the production. Photography by Errich Petersen.


    The powerhouse vocalists of the stellar cast include award-winning VORTEX Company members Michelle Haché, Justin LaVergne, Anderson Dear, Melissa Vogt, and Jonathan Itchon, with Rachel Pallante and Jeremy Moran. The cast also includes the multi-talented performances and puppeteering of VORTEX Company members Emerald Mystiek, Eryn Gettys, Gabriel Maldonado, Annie Kim Hedrick, and Patricia Wappner, with Abigail Lucas, Ciera Ramirez, and Whitney “Starlight” Carpenter.


    While Atlantis: A Puppet Opera is intended for adults and contains some puppet violence and puppet nudity, older children may attend.


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





    The VORTEX

    2307 Manor Road
    Austin, TX 78722

    Full map and directions

    Admission Info:

    Tickets: $10-$30
    $30 Priority (Seated first)
    $20 General
    $10 Discount (Seated last)

    Phone: 5124785282

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