a middle-aged Latino man (Mical Trejo) and a Black teenage girl (Macy Butler) on a leafy pedestrian bridge
Mical Trejo and Macy Butler star in HPT's production of Running Bear, by Raul Garza. Photo by Bret Brookshire.




Hyde Park Theatre

Running Bear
by Raul Garza

June 16 - July 16, 2022

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


A couple of lovely Running Bear raves are in:

Mical Trejo is "intense" and Macy Butler is "absolutely riveting. . . . there wasn't a moment of disengagement or duplicity between the two, which kept the audience thoroughly engaged." "Brilliantly" staged by Rosalind Faires. A "captivating world premiere production" of playwright Raul Garza's "latest and most mature work. . . . This is Hyde Park Theatre's first original play in over two years. Running Bear reminds us of what we've been missing."
-Austin Chronicle

"Butler and Trejo bring immense talent to their roles, delivering intense emotional moments . . . . Hyde Park Theater's production of Running Bear is at its core a heart to heart, speaking to many of the anxieties of the moment with striking intensity and sensitivity."

HPT is back with an exquisite two-hander by Raul Garza--and it's a world premiere. Running Bear our pick for our 2021 Summer New Play Workshop, but the pandemic meant we couldn't do it live. Now we're bringing it back as our first HPT-produced live play in two years.

Two strangers--a middle-aged Latino engineer and a seventeen-year-old black girl--have come to the same pedestrian bridge in Running Bear Park to be alone. There they have it out, at first hilariously, and then in shocking, transfixing depth.

Garza is also the author of Confessions of a Mexpatriate, a delightfully funny, moving, and critically acclaimed one-man play HPT produced in 2018.

Directed by Rosalind Faires, Running Bear features Mical Trejo and Macy Butler and runs Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM, June 16 - July 16.

Running Bear runs at 8:00 PM on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, June 16 - July 16, 2022. Thursdays are Pay What You Can Nights at the door. The first four weekends (June 16 - July 9), Friday tickets are $24 and Saturday tickets are $26. For the final weekend (July 14-16), Friday tickets are $26 and Saturday tickets are $28. Tickets are $2 off for students, seniors, 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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HPT is also funded by grants from The Still Water Foundation and Tocker Foundation.

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