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Estado Vegetal / Vegetative State, Presented by Teatro Espacio (Eng)

February 4, 2023 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm

CANCELLED due to the winter storm impacting Central Texas. An email will be sent with information about rescheduling on 2/2/23. We appreciate your patience at this time.

This February, the Conservancy is excited to welcome Estado Vegetal / Vegetative State a play by Manuela Infante directed by Khristián Méndez Aguirre.

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.

This performance will take place in the Garden Center Auditorium. There will be a limit of 60 seats per showtime.

80 min show time no intermission

Handmade Woodblock Prints, created by Khristián Méndez Aguirre

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. (pictured above)

Performance Dates

  • Friday Feb 3rd, 7-9pm, Spanish
  • Saturday Feb 4th 7-9pm, English
  • Sunday Feb 5th 6-8pm, Spanish
  • Friday Feb 10th 7-9pm, English, ZBGC Members Only
  • Saturday Feb 11th 7-9pm, Spanish, Includes Talk-Back
  • Sunday Feb 12th 6-8pm, English
  • Friday Feb 17th, 7-9pm, Spanish
  • Saturday Feb 18th, 7-9pm, English

About the Director, Khristián Méndez Aguirre

Khristián Méndez Aguirre (he/el) is a theater director and scholar from Guatemala City. His work interrogates and articulates the relationship between environmental activism and theater practice. He’s currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Performance as Public Practice at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a B.A. in Human Ecology (College of the Atlantic) and an M.F.A. in Performance as Public Practice (UT Austin). www.khristianmendez.com


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