Texas Theatre and Dance 20/21: Year of the Tiger

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Texas Theatre and Dance 2020/2021 Season: (Re)current Unrest

Directed by Khristián Méndez Aguirre

On the eve of the anniversary of the COVID-19 global pandemic, a news anchor is preparing for a special transmission commemorating the year that has gone by when she is visited by a tiger who really wants her to get the story straight, no matter what the cost. 

Composed of interviews with workers impacted by the pandemic, viral videos, official declarations and a tiger, Year of the Tiger is a blend of fact and fiction that seeks to respond to some of the troubling and often unbelievable events of the past year. This investigation explores not only the impact of COVID-19 worldwide, but also civil unrest, police brutality and the Trump administration's war with truth. 

This piece was created as a collaborative work by members of the production team in response to recent global events. Special thanks to all involved for their contribution to the development of this work and to those who participated in interviews about their personal experiences with the pandemic. 

Contains mature content. 


March 24-25, 27, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. CST

Due to recent inclement weather in the Austin area and the subsequent closure of the university, performances of Year of the Tiger have been delayed. Any tickets purchased for performances during the originally scheduled dates (Mar. 5-7) will still be valid for the new performance dates (Mar. 24-25, 27). If you are no longer able to attend and would like to request a refund, please email us directly here



In an effort to promote accessibility, all Texas Theatre and Dance performances in the 2020/2021 Season will be available at pay-what-you-can pricing with a minimum donation of $5.00. 



Khristián Méndez Aguirre is a theater-maker, arts-based researcher and scholar from Guatemala City. Recent production-direction credits include Everybody by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play by Anne Washburn and Mammoth: A De-extinction Love Story by Adam R. Burnett. 



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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