- Available now! the HPT Audio plays, a wildly eclectic podcast of short pieces from the 2020-2021 HPT Writers Group.
- 8pm, Fri August 6: Public workshop production of our 2021 New Play Workshop selection, Briandaniel Oglesby's The Secret Lives of Gamers and Dead Astronauts
photo of Ken Webster as Thom Pain

Hyde Park Theatre


Thom Pain
(based on nothing)

written by
Will Eno

performed by
Ken Webster

August 19 - September 11, 2021

Purchase tickets online or call 479-PLAY (7529).


Welcome back! To celebrate our return from the pandemic, we're presenting an encore of the hilarious, curious, heartbreaking, astonishing one-man piece that won raves from Austin critics and audiences in 2007 and 2013. The play the New York Times called "astonishing in its impact" returns in an award-winning performance by HPT Artistic Director Ken Webster. Check out this under-two-minute video taste:

Thom Pain (Based on Nothing) at Hyde Park Theatre from Eric Graham on Vimeo.

PLEASE NOTE: We are limiting tickets to 50 seats sold per night in order to allow some space between parties. For everyone's safety, we urge patrons not to attend unless vaccinated. While Austin is in Stage 4, we also ask patrons to wear masks.

The Austin Critics' Table named Ken Webster Outstanding Lead Actor for his 2007 performance in this role, and the show was nominated for Outstanding Comedy. The Austin Chronicle called Webster's performance "sensational . . . a certain economy of motion that I consistently see in great actors, wherein every step, smile, and hand gesture is made with a purpose."

Thom Pain (based on nothing) runs at 8:00 PM on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, August 19 - September 11, 2021. Thursdays are Pay What You Can Nights at the door. The first three weekends, Thursday and Friday tickets are $26 and Saturday tickets are $28. For the final weekend (September 9-11), Thursday and Friday tickets are $28 and Saturday tickets are $30. Tickets are $2 off for students, seniors, active military, and Austin Creative Alliance/Austin Film Society members). Purchase tickets online or call 512-479-PLAY (7529) for reservations.

Hyde Park Theatre is located at 511 W. 43rd Street. Covered off-street parking for the patrons of HPT is available during performances in the lot at 4315 Guadalupe Street, just north of The Parlor. You can drive through The Parlor's parking lot to reach it. Evening HPT parking also available at the Hyde Park Church of Christ on the northeast corner of 43rd & Avenue B. We are grateful to them both for their generosity.

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This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, and by an award from The National Endowment for the Arts.

HPT is also funded by grants from The Still Water Foundation and Tocker Foundation.

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