Texas Theatre and Dance 2020/2021: poolboy00

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Texas Theatre and Dance 2020/2021 Season: UTNT (UT New Theatre), poolboy00


By Sam Mayer Directed by Mike Steele 


Presented primarily on Twitch, poolboy00 is part reality show, part livestream. Come watch poolboy00 hang with his friends, work out, write in his journal, talk to strangers and try to make his life into art (it’s hard because life is mostly really boring so please chat with poolboy00 and help something interesting happen. Because something has to happen. Right?)

The chat is open, the water is nice, so hop on in and be a part of the show! POOLBOY00 LIVE ON TWITCH

poolboy00 contains mature language, content and themes. Viewer discretion is advised. 

poolboy00 is presented as part of UTNT (UT New Theatre), an annual presentation of newly developed works from playwrights of Texas Theatre and Dance and the Michener Center for Writers. Now in its 14th season, this showcase exists as an incubator for new work, with many productions continuing on to be professionally produced across the country. Producing Artistic Director, KJ Sanchez; Associate Producing Artistic Director, Alexandra Bassiakou Shaw; Associate Producer, Kristen Osborn.


November 5, 6 and 7 at 8:30 p.m. until late. 

TWO WAYS TO WATCH: Audiences have the option to view performances of poolboy00 as a livestreamed performance presented here on the Department of Theatre and Dance website or choose to participate in an interactive presentation (with chat), hosted live on Twitch. 




poolboy00 will be available to audiences free of charge. You may view the performance either on the theatre and dance website or through an interactive presentation via Twitch. While there are no tickets for this event, we encourage those who are able to lend support to both this project and future projects on behalf of Texas Theatre and Dance. Those interested in supporting this project may do so above. 



Sam Mayer is from Houston. His plays include Chet's Summer Vacation (Kennedy Center; Intramural Productions; Rec Room Arts), Spitshow (Collective48), Maria Maria and the Sun Tea (Finalist, Playwrights Center Core Apprentice), and The Yolo Plays Pt. 1 & 2 (The Silent Barn; Collective 48). His work has been developed at SPACE on Ryder Farm. He is an M.F.A. candidate at the Michener Center for Writers at The University of Texas at Austin.



Mike Steele is a director, performer and writer from Chicago, Illinois. In Chicago, he is a company member with Trap Door Theatre and founder of the “Trap Open” Incubator Series, which focuses on producing new experimental work created by emerging artists. At Trap Door, Steele directed The Killer by Eugene Ionesco and Sad Happy Sucker by Lee Kirk. Steele is also the former founding Artistic Director of The Island Theatre of Chicago. During his time with The Island, he led the creation of several originally-devised plays including Tourist Trap (an immersive look at the history of escapology) and The Glass Inward (a media-infused adaptation of "Orlando" by Virginia Woolf). Recently, Steele has been devising and directing a series of original dance-theatre pieces titled The Capillaries, which have been presented at Links Hall where he is a former resident artist. Also an actor, Steele has performed with numerous Chicago theatre companies and toured internationally performing in cities across Poland, Romania, Hungary and the Republic of Moldova. Steele holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Studies from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. http://steelemike.com/ 




Texas Theatre and Dance is pleased to present a truly unique 2020/2021 Season to meet these exceptional and unprecedented times. The power of theatre transcends the stage through a collection of digital performances, including a powerful exploration of social justice through contemporary dance, heartbreaking stories of loss across the border, an investigation of humanity and technology through movement and a series of all-new works presented as part of UTNT (UT New Theatre). 

In addition, Texas Theatre and Dance is a proud participant of The JUBILEE, a year-long, nationwide theatre festival featuring work generated by those who have traditionally been excluded – including, but not limited to artists of color, Native American and Indigenous and First Nations artists, women, non-binary and gender non-conforming artists, LGBTQIA2+ artists, Deaf artists and artists with disabilities. 

Above all, we are committed to the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and audiences. Due to the uncertain nature of our current times, all performances dates, times and presentation details may be subject to change. We plan to offer clear and frequent communication regarding updates related to performances and our plans to ensure safety for our shared community.

Thank you for your continued support of Texas Theatre and Dance.

Learn more about the Texas Theatre and Dance 2020/2021 Season here



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