Liz Beckham and Michael Joplin in HPT's production of Lungs, by Duncan Macmillan.


Hyde Park Theatre presents


by Duncan Macmillan

Sept. 22 - Oct. 22, 2016

Purchase tickets online or call 512-479-PLAY (7529) for reservations.


FINAL WEEKEND! We've gotten nothing but straight-up thrilling raves for our production of Lungs, by Duncan Macmillan--a play with no set, no props, and no blackouts, just two actors in a whirlwind of energy, wit, and emotion.

Broadway World Austin uses adjectives like "wickedly funny," "remarkable," "stunning" "staggering," and concludes

Liz Beckham and Michael Joplin deliver phenomenal, totally believable characters . . . This is everything you could want from an evening of theatre.

The Austin American Statesman throws around the words "tour-de-force" and calls our production

A remarkable play with a dynamic production and astonishing performances, “Lungs” at Hyde Park Theater is not to be missed . . . one of the most raw, intimate theatrical experiences I’ve ever encountered.

Austin Arts Watch calls the show "incredibly skillful," mentions the "pitch-perfect performances . . . the chemistry is evident" and adds

Somewhere in the mix of Duncan Macmillan’s finely tuned script, the actors’ authentic performances, and the wise guiding hand of director Lily Wolff, they have found a balance that creates the kind of tactile emotion that one can only find in the best works of art. Bursting with such authenticity that it would be a true shame if anyone reading this were to pass it up.

The Austin Chronicle joins in the praise:

Under Lily Wolff's direction, the two actors give remarkable, deeply honest performances. A smart, insightful play given a beautiful production from a truly talented group of artists.

The production stars Liz Beckham and Michael Joplin and is directed for HPT by Lily Wolff.

I did some math. How many plane trips? London to New York?

I . . .

Two thousand five hundred and fifty.

Two thousand . . .

I could fly to New York and back every day for seven years and still not leave a carbon footprint as big as if I have a child.

You’re having second thoughts.

Ten thousand tons of CO2. That’s the weight of the Eiffel Tower. I’d be giving birth to the Eiffel Tower.

In this 2012 London winner of Best New Play, a young couple can’t agree whether or not to have a child in this unstable modern world. Which will blow up first-—the planet, or the relationship?

"Duncan Macmillan's distinctive, off-kilter love story is brutally honest, funny, edgy and current. It gives voice to a generation for whom uncertainty is a way of life . . . bravely written, startlingly structured."
- The Guardian

"Both uproariously funny and unbearably poignant."
- Exeunt Magazine

PLEASE NOTE: For the first first and last weekends, this show runs at 8pm Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. For the middle three weeks, this show runs at 8pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Lungs runs at 8:00 PM on Fridays and Saturdays September 22 - October 22, plus Thursday shows on opening and closing weeks (September 22 and October 20) and Sunday shows the three middle weeks (October 2, 9 and 16). The Thursday and Sunday shows are Pay What You Can Nights at the door. For the first four weeks (September 22 - October 16) Friday tickets are $22 and Saturday tickets are $24. Tickets go up $2 the final weekend. Tickets are $2 off for students, seniors, military, Austin Creative Alliance members, and 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 Kenneth's Hair Salon, just south of HPT, and at the Hyde Park Church of Christ on the northeast corner of 43rd & Avenue B. We are grateful to them all 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 and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and 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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