Main Season Production
April 27-May 13, 2018

Mynx & Savage
By Rebecca Gorman O'Neill
Directed by Ray Rey Griego and Caitlyn Jones

Dates: April 27-May 13, 2018
Times: Fri-Sat 7:30pm; Sun 2pm
Tickets: $22

Mynx and Savage is a winner of the American Association of Community Theatres 2018 New Playfest and written by Rebecca Gorman O’Neill. It is a tri-level story of a comic book writer, the characters of his superhero story, and the creatures of his "serious" work. When corporate powers start pushing him to produce, he is torn between the comfort of fantasy and the necessary truth. This international premiere will be directed RayRey Griego and Caitlyn Jones, a team of directors who have previously tackled The Orestia, Nickled and Dimed, Gross Indecency and others.

Preview: April 26, 2018 7:30 pm
Pay-What-You-Will: Sunday, April 29, 2018
Talkback: Sunday, April 29, 2018

World Premier
This Vortex production is the world premier of the play that won the 2018 American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) NewPlayFest. AACT NewPlayFest is an initiative by AACT to address the critical need for new, high-quality plays for community theatre audiences around the globe. This AACT playwriting competition is unique with the guarantee that an established theatre will produce each play as a world premiere. Dramatic Publishing Company will publish an anthology of the winning plays, include the plays in their catalog, and license the performance rights. Representatives of the AACT and the Ayre Foundation will be at The Vortex to for opening night. The AACT NewPlayFest world premiere production of Mynx & Savage is made possible in part by a grant from the Jack K. Ayre and Frank Ayre Lee Theatre Foundation.

About the Playwright
Rebecca Gorman O'Neill was born in Akron, Ohio; she left at age 17 to attend Dartmouth College.  When she won the Eleanor Frost playwriting award her Junior year, she was relieved to have an excuse to stop acting.  Rebecca went on to earn her MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University.   Rebecca's original plays have been produced in the U.S. and in Canada.   Her plays Tell-Tale and The Greater Good are published through Eldridge Publishing and Next Stage Press, respectively.  Rebecca is a Professor of English at Metropolitan State University of Denver, where she teaches playwriting, screenwriting, cinema studies, and the graphic novel.

In Mynx & Savage, Adam, a comic book writer, is torn between the superheroes that make him money and a dark, true story that he is afraid to tell.  Ket is an artist-assistant sent by Adam's publisher to make sure he hits his deadlines.  As Adam learns to trust Ket as a colleague and not a corporate tool, Adam's characters start bleeding through: both the bright and glossy Mynx and Savage, and the sweet, quiet, and true story of Adam's troubled past.  In the end, Ket makes Adam realize that his stories—no matter what form they take—will always betray his truth.