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Hyde Park Theatre
2021 Writers Reading Series

July 27 -
September 28, 2021

The Delta variant has put a kink in our plans to reopen, but we're still having some small, cautious in-person events.

We begin with four free in-person readings, a series that is the culmination of HPT’s 2020-2021 Writers Group, a year-long process with four local playwrights to develop new work.

More information about the playwrights on the Writers Group page. All shows are free, and each show will be followed by a talkback and reception.

The reading series schedule is as follows:

8pm, Tuesday, September 14: Judith, by Katie Bender. Directed by Madge Darlington. Judith, dressed as a man, moves to London to stand trial in her absent brother's place. When the trial goes badly Judith begins to write plays to please the Queen and restore her brother's good name. A solo show about ambition, artistry, love and Shakespeare.

DATE TBA: Arbolito, by Raul Garza. Director Jerry Ruiz. When a sacred and magical tree begins to wither, its roots expose a West Texas town trapped between long-buried secrets and a fast-approaching oil boom.

DATE TBA: The Job Job, by Patrick Shaw. Directed by Alex Bassiakou Shaw. 38 year-old Cassius just got his first job, and it's a real JOB JOB! It involves something about Climate Change and like, it's in El Paso, but when his mom, Vicky, takes it upon herself to investigate the job-job's shady border dealings, Cassius has to decide what he's willing to do to succeed in the professional world and keep his place on "The Island."

(COMPLETED) 8pm, Tuesday, July 27: Circle of Five, by J. Isabel Salazar. There can only be five in the circle. Five. It’s easy at first but quickly Woman realizes the process is a lot more complicated. How do you choose? Who can you trust? Will there be enough glitter and glue? Directed by Jenny Lavery and featuring Giselle de la Rosa, Mical Trejo, Rommel Sulit, Nguyen Stanton, Karina Dominguez Content warning: contains discussion of sexual assault.

The shows are free, but if you're in a position to kick in with a small donation we could sure use it.


Hyde Park Theatre is committed to developing new work from a diverse array of playwrights.

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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