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UNDARK: A Radioactive Puppet Play
Feb 29 - Mar 16 at The Vortex

Women Workers
The Government Industrial Complex

UNDARK tells the true story of the young women who worked as painters of luminous watch-faces, compasses and instruments that were crucial to the American armed forces fighting in World War I, focusing on the horrifying results of their exposure to radium paint and their struggle for justice.

Thurs-Sat @ 8pm, Sundays @ 6pm (no show Mar 17)

Feb 29 through March 16, 2024

The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd.

Created with support from

The Jim Henson Foundation

and from Peter Dart, Susan Kelso, and Ted Chauviere

Co-produced by The Vortex

Saturday June 17
at the Vortex

Our Workshop in Building and Performing
concludes with a short PERFORMANCE

using text from our 2019 operetta American Blood Song and puppets created by workshop participants
over the last few weeks. 

The performance will be followed by a QnA with these (mostly) first-time builders and performers about their experience getting into Trouble

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Saturday June 17, 8 PM @The VORTEX 2703 Manor Rd.

- Announcing -
ummer Workshop in Building and Performing
Learn by doing as Trouble Puppet plunges back into the wilderness, reimagining our 2019 operetta American Blood Song. Making new puppets, both tabletop and shadows, we will explore a new approach to the show in a two-part workshop focusing first on Building and then on Performance.


Trouble Puppet Workshop @ The VORTEX


LOCATION: The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road, Austin, TX, 78722


TWO-PART WORKSHOP SCHEDULE:  building and rehearsing/performing.

BUILDING: two weeks, three sessions per week.  Sun-Tue-Thurs, 5/28 through 6/8. Sun 12-3:00, Tue/Thu 6:30-9:30

REHEARSING: 1 week, Sun 6/11 through Sat 6/17th. 7:00-10:00. One night off, Wednesday June 14th.

PERFORMANCE: Saturday, June 17, 8 pm @ The Vortex. Open to the Public.


Registration: Online registration available through


Cost: Suggested donation of $100 to hold your spot, but smaller donations are also welcome and sufficient for signup.

[Austin, TX]-- Trouble Puppet Theater Company presents an exciting new workshop exploring the art of puppetry through building puppets and performance. Participants in this workshop intensive will learn construction of tabletop puppets, covering materials, tools, engineering, and design. Learn it by doing it! Participants may come to some or all the building days, the more you’re there, the more you’ll learn. Using our newly made puppets we will explore storytelling and performance techniques on the Eloise Stage at The VORTEX, culminating with a public performance of scenes from an original Trouble Puppet show-in-progress. Attendance is required for all 5 rehearsals and the public performance. Spots are limited, reserve yours today!


UNDARK: A Radioactive Puppet Play
May 27-June11 2022 at The VORTEX
A work-in-progress presentation supported by a Workshop Grant from The Jim Henson Foundation.

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