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Ballot Eats the Bullet:
U Matter

written and directed by
Zell Miller, III

with writing contributions from Anne Wynter

February 22 - March 9, 2024

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ZM3LiveProductions, in celebration of Black Herstory, is proud to present the original theatrical work Ballot Eats the Bullet: U Matter, at HPT Thursday through Saturday, February 22 - March 9. Check out this Arts Eclectic piece on the show!

Last year, HPT co-produced ZM3Live's critically acclaimed Chronicles of an Indigenous offspring. That show was nominated for five B. Iden Payne Awards and made the Austin Chronicle's "Top 10 Memorable Moments in Austin Theater of 2023."

Like Chronicles, Ballot Eats the Bullet: U Matter, was also written and directed by Austin Arts Hall of Fame artist Zell Miller, III, this time with writing contributions from award-winning author and playwright Anne Wynter. It features Chelsea Manasseri, Jennine "Doc" Krueger, and Amara Johnson, as well as introducing Amaiya Byrd.

The play is dedicated to the most silenced voice in American history, the black woman. This engaging choreopoem fuses jazz aesthetic movement, elegant melodic voices in four-part harmonies, truth-laced spoken word and beautifully crafted vignettes that engage all five senses and paint a portrait of what it means to be a black woman in America. The piece openly confronts topics such as identity, politics, healthcare, relationships, love, and police brutality, all told through a lens of tough love with a side of humor.

ZM3LiveProductions is a production company based in central Texas that has been a consistent theatrical voice for sons and daughters of the diaspora for over 20 years. Besides 2023's Chronicles of an Indigenous offspring, this creative team has shown its artistic excellence with the award-winning My child, my child, my alien child (at HPT), Arrhythmia, Oh ***, it's a girl, Hands up Hoodies down, Oh snap . . . my alien children are trying to kill me! and the Hip-Hop Theater Explosion.

The show runs at 8:00 PM on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, February 22 - March 9, 2024. Tickets are choose your price ranging from $20-$50. Buy tickets online or call 512-479-PLAY (7529).

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. Art Works.

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

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