2307 Manor Rd.
This 75-seat Eastside theatre may have been built out of a dilapidated metal barn, but for over 20 years it’s been home to some of the city’s most cutting-edge and risk-taking theatre – often bending both mind and gender. Nude dinner with Salvador Dalí? Check. Aerialist space operas? Check. Musicals based on goddesses and elements of nature? Check. Check it out? Check. For all its envelope-pushing, the Vortex is as welcoming a theatre as you’ll find in town. Come for the show, stay for cocktails at the Butterfly Bar and sumptuous Italian dishes at the Patrizi’s food truck outside.
This is where seven world-premiere plays are written, cast, directed, rehearsed, scored, designed, and performed twice in 24 hours – and the entire process is repeated the next day with seven new plays. Participants and audience members complete the sentence: “I want to see seven ten-minute plays about _____," then one answer per night is chosen at random and writers spend the night scripting it. Next day, directors choose scripts and casts at random, the band writes original theme music, and designers build sets and find costumes. Get it? Now see it – how theatre works, accelerated – in action. Fri., Oct. 21 - Sat., Oct. 22Oct. 21-22. Fri.-Sat., 7:30 & 10pm. $15.
Monthly get together with witchy wares with the option of drinks from the Butterfly Bar and food from Patrizi's. Sun., Oct. 23, 5-11pm. Free.