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Heartland Film & Theater

  • The Vortex
  • 2307 Manor Rd.
  • Austin, TX 78722
  • January 17, 2019
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  • Phone: (512) 478-5282
  • Time: 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Price: $15-35

by Gabriel Jason Dean
directed by Rudy Ramirez
Gabriel Jason Dean's new play, Heartland, opens on January 17th as a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere!

This marks Gabriel's third play on the VORTEX stage, after his award-winning productions Qualities of Starlight (2013) and Terminus (2016).

We now journey far from Attapulgus, Georgia in this new drama. Dr. Harold Banks, a retired University of Nebraska professor of Comparative Literature and Afghan Studies, is reeling after his adopted daughter Getee is killed by the Taliban while teaching children outside of Kabul. When Afghan refugee Nazrullah arrives at his door carrying Getee's prized books, the two men form an unlikely bond. Heartland draws a line from the “Cold War” to the “War on Terror” and demands that we reckon with the consequences of defending an American Empire. Set in both Maidan Shar, Afghanistan and Omaha, Nebraska, and inspired by true events, Heartland is a story of healing, grace, and connection.

Heartland was conceived and written by Gabriel Jason Dean as a direct response to the true story of the US government’s textbook propaganda contributing to the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan. With the longest war in US history still ravaging Afghanistan with US involvement since 2001, we must continue to be engaged in public discourse on this devastating conflict.