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    This February, the Zilker Botanical Garden in Austin, Texas is excited to welcome Estado Vegetal / Vegetative State, a play by Manuela Infante directed by Khristián Méndez Aguirre performed in Spanish and English.

    This play is a collaboration between local Spanish-language theater company Teatro Espacio, the Zilker Botanical Garden Conservancy, and a team of designers and directors who met during their time at the University of Texas Austin. The same set of actors will perform two versions of the play: one in Spanish and one in English with different casting for each. There will be subtitles available for all performances.

    Synopsis: Firefighter Manuel ran his motorcycle into an overgrown tree and is now in a vegetative state. His mother is on the search to find who is responsible…
    Equal parts ode to plant beauty, meditation of grief, virtuosic performances, plant philosophy, and Austin-grown weirdness, Estado Vegetal / Vegetative State tells the story of a neighborhood rocked by a disaster.

    Teatro Espacio (formerly Teatro Espacio Agua Viva) has been performing plays in Spanish since 2007 in Austin, TX. Notably, their performance "Dos Mujeres" at the Santa Cruz Theater received a nomination from the B. Iden Payne Awards council for Outstanding Lead Actress, for Lorena Elias. Our team of designers is largely comprised of Austin- and Chicago-based designers who met during their time at UT Austin. They have collaborated on previous productions, such as Everybody by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play, both at UT Austin.


    This ticket is valued at $25, but the Conservancy is offering this experience free of charge! We encourage a minimum donation of $10 per ticket to support accessible programming for the Austin Community at the Zilker Botanical Garden.

    The first 50 donors to donate $100 or more will be gifted a limited print series of four handmade woodblock prints made by the Director, Khristián Méndez Aguirre.

    Performance Dates & Times

    Friday, Feb 3rd, 7-9 pm, Spanish
    Saturday, Feb 4th 7-9 pm, English
    Sunday, Feb 5th 6-8 pm, Spanish
    Saturday, Feb 11th 7-9 pm, Spanish, Includes Talk-Back
    Sunday, Feb 12th 6-8 pm, English
    Friday, Feb 17th, 7-9 pm, Spanish
    Saturday, Feb 18th, 7-9 pm, English

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