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Austin, Texas
Saturday 1 June 2019

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A performance of Chickens in the Yard: a new play by Paul Kruse

at the VORTEX in Austin, Texas

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Saturday 1 June 2019

The VORTEX proudly presented Chickens in the Yard, a new play by Paul Kruse, livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday 1 June 2019 at 6:30 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 8:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 9:30 p.m. EDT (New York).

Directed by Alice Stanley, Chickens in the Yard explores the story of a family through the eyes of their four chickens, delving into memory, identity, queerness, and what it means to make a home.

Set in Pittsburgh, Chickens in the Yard explores three days in the life of a family as they grow, stumble, and fall into their future. The play explores what gay identity means for one couple, as they journey from the families that raised them to the family they choose to create together. Director Alice Stanley brings the world to life through innovative storytelling and poetic staging, blurring the line between choreography and theatre.

 The VORTEX production stars Mindy Keenan, Mary Catherine Rochford, Judith Sloan, and Cat Palacios. Costume Design by Stephanie Fisher. Scenic Design by Ashton Murphy. Lighting Design by Patrick Anthony. Sound Design by David DeMaris. Movement Direction by Sarah Jack. Stage Management by Alexis K. Williams. Producing Artistic Director, Bonnie Cullum.

 Chickens in the Yard has been previously produced at Hatch Arts Collective in Pittsburgh, PA; Quantum Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA; and Adjusted Realists in Brooklyn, NY. Chickens in the Yard is funded and supported in part by VORTEX Repertory Company, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

 About the Artists:

Paul William Kruse is a playwright, film/video maker, and teaching artist from western Wisconsin. His work flows from his queer identity, Catholic roots, and ever-evolving experience of family. Paul creates stories for and with the people he loves. He is a founding member and resident playwright of Hatch Arts Collective in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Paul often writes collaboratively, drawing from his years of experience as a videographer and documentarian. He is currently a fellow at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is pursuing an MFA.

Alice Stanley is a director, playwright, filmmaker, and producer, and a Founder of Cohesion Theatre Company in Baltimore, MD. Alice won Best Director from Baltimore City Paper's Best of Baltimore 2016, The Bad Oracle, and DC Metro Theatre Arts, and received the Mayor's Individual Artist Award. They have had plays produced by many theaters, including The Barter Theater, Kitchen Dog Theater, Cohesion Theatre Company, Fells Point Corner Theater, Interrobang Theatre Company, Strand Theater, Baltimore Shakespeare Factory, Gadfly Theatre Productions, and Rapid Lemon Productions. Most recently, their play The Tiny Banger was produced at Trinity Street Players. They are an MFA Directing Candidate at the University of Texas at Austin.

About HowlRound TV

HowlRound TV is a global, commons-based peer produced, open access livestreaming and video archive project stewarded by the nonprofit HowlRound. HowlRound TV is a free and shared resource for live conversations and performances relevant to the world's performing arts and cultural fields. Its mission is to break geographic isolation, promote resource sharing, and to develop our knowledge commons collectively. Participate in a community of peer organizations revolutionizing the flow of information, knowledge, and access in our field by becoming a producer and co-producing with us. Learn more by going to our participate page. For any other queries, email tv@howlround.com, or call Vijay Mathew at +1 917.686.3185 Signal/WhatsApp. View the video archive of past events.

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