Past Productions

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

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