dust-posterOctober, 2016 at the Pony Shed, The VORTEX

Dust by Nicole Oglesby is a full length play about three sisters fighting to stay alive in the Texas panhandle during the dust bowl in the shadow of a dying farm and a miraculous apricot tree. With little money or hope, they choose to love dangerously and question the dark parts of their heritage and faith. What unfolds is a meditation on motherhood, heartache, and what it means to be a young woman in Texas.

Poster and logo design by Daniel Berkowitz

Accolades for Dust:

Nicole Oglesby was nominated for the David Mark Cohen New Play Award for Dust

Allison Wojtowecz was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama by the B. Iden Payne Awards for her performance as June in Dust

Dust won first place in the 11th Annual Southwest Playwrighting Competition and will be presented as part of the New Play Readings Festival at the Stage West Theater on Sunday, April 22.

Reviews for Dust:

Dust is the first production from a new Austin theatre company, The Heartland Theatre Collective, and if it is to be any measure, then Heartland is a name we’ll be hearing remarkable things about in the years to come.” – Andrew Friendthal, American-Statesman freelance arts critic. Read the full review here.

“Dust is a courageous beginning to the self-proclaimed feminist theatre troupe’s first show . . . is a thoughtful, pain-filled, and poetic take on the hardships of the dust bowl and relationships during that time period.” – Catherine Dribb, CTX Live Theatre. Read the full review here.


Liz – Baylie Figueroa
June – Allison Wojtowecz
Annie – Molly Martinez-Collins
Vera – Hope Higgins
Jed – Chance Steward

Creative Team:

Playwright – Nicole Oglesby
Director – Marian Kansas
Stage Manager – Austin Dowling
Assistant Stage Manager – Joshua Sauseda
Costume Designer – PJ Kelly
Set/Lighting Designer – Oscar Franco
Dramaturg – Francesca Ghizzoni