Hold Me Well

A World Premiere by Eva Suter

Directed by Rudy Ramirez

From left: Elizabeth Mason, Taylor Flanagan, Ellie McBride, Emily Rankin and Hayley Armstrong (at bottom). Photo by Errich Peterson.

About the Show

Is desire the key to humanity’s survival or its destruction? What happens when past mistakes inflict fresh wounds? When fear turns to paranoia and dedication turns to deception? Join us for Shrewd Productions' world premiere of Hold Me Well, a post-apocalyptic re-imagining of one the most captivating tales of seduction, jealousy and betrayal ever written, William Shakespeare’s Othello.


Inspired by 70's era sci-fi and Shakespeare's Othello, Eva Suter’s Hold Me Well envisions a desolate, Central Texas inhabited solely by women after a weapon, the result of a catastrophic war, has eradicated the male population. With the threat of another war dangling precariously over their heads and a new romance quickly unfolding before them, five women bound by the tragedy must entrust their lives to one another in order to save themselves and humanity. Charged with the treacherous task of protecting “the seed,” an old grudge, constant fear and waning hope threatens to upend their unity and their safety. #HoldMeWell

Ellie McBride as Amelia.  Photo by Errich Peterson.

About the Creative Team

Directed by award-winning director and Shrewd company member Rudy Ramirez, Hold Me Well boasts a stellar cast and crew including Ellie McBride as Amelia, Elizabeth Mason as Odele, Hayley Armstrong as Des, Emily Rankin as Casey and Taylor Flanagan as Raquel with set and lighting design by Patrick Anthony, costume design by EL Hohn and sound design by David Demaris.

About the Playwright

Eva Suter is a writer and theatre artist hailing from the great Northwest. Last year she received her MFA in Playwriting as a Michener Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. In Portland, Oregon, she was a founding member of The Working Theatre Collective, A DIY based company dedicated to the production of new and devised works in unexpected spaces. An alum of the Great Plains Theatre Conference and the WildWind Performance Lab, Eva was a Theatre Masters' Visionary Playwright of 2015. Medusa, A Perfectly Normal Girl was awarded the Portland Drammy for best new play in Spring 2011, and the Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship in Drama in 2012. She rides a bike, bakes bread and is the host of the Beer and Cookies Occasional Cabaret.

© Shrewd Productions, Photos by Errich Petersen, Kimberley Mead, Maureen Martinez, Sara Erensoy, Tate English and Bret Brookshire


Shrewd Productions is a sponsored project of the Austin Creative Alliance.
This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future.  Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.


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