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THE B-SIDE: “Negro Folklore From Texas State Prisons”
A Record Album Interpretation

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Due to the intimate nature of the staging of this performance, a negative COVID-19 test (or vaccination) is required to attend The Wooster Group.

Proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of this event is required for entry. Guests who are fully vaccinated may voluntarily show proof of COVID-19 vaccination instead of providing a negative test result. Please note that proof of vaccination is not required for entry.

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  • The test must be administered within 72 hours (3 days) of the start of the performance.
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  • UT students, faculty, and staff may show their Activity Pass with Cleared status from the Protect Texas Together app.
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  • The name on the vaccination document must match the guest’s photo ID.
  • UT students, faculty, and staff may show their immunization record from the MyUHS portal after voluntarily uploading their proof of vaccination.
Texas Performing Arts does not maintain any record of guests’ vaccination status.

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Influential and trendsetting, legendary and revolutionary, The Wooster Group is a New York City-based experimental theater company directed by Elizabeth LeCompte since its founding in 1975. Their productions tour nationally and internationally, though have never been presented in Texas until now. In January 2022, the Wooster Group will make their long-overdue Texas debut with a two-week residency on campus. They will present both a full production and present work-in-progress showings of a second work in the McCullough Theater, which will be transformed into a black box-style theatre with all audience seating on the stage.

THE B-SIDE is an original production based on the 1965 LP record Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons, which features work songs, blues, spirituals, preaching, and ‘toasts’ from inmates in Texas’ then-segregated agricultural prison farms.  Performer Eric Berryman plays the album, and along with performers Jasper McGruder and Philip Moore, channel the inmates’ voices, via in-ear receivers, recreating them live.  Berryman also provides context from the book Wake Up Dead Man: Hard Labor and Southern Blues by Bruce Jackson, the folklorist who recorded the album at the prison in 1964. THE B-SIDE is directed by long-time Group member Kate Valk and designed by Elizabeth LeCompte.

The production was a New York Times Critics Pick, was nominated for a 2019 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience, and was included in ‘Best Theater of The Year’ lists in The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Post-Show Photo Exhibit
Experience some of Bruce Jackson's photos from Full Color Plantation: 1964-1979 in the McCullough Theatre lobby immediately following each performance of The B-Side.

Post-Performance Discussion
Fri, Jan 28, immediately following the performance
McCullough Theatre
For Ticket-holders Only
Stay in your seat to join members of the Wooster Group for a discussion immediately following the performance.
Check out Michael Barnes' interview with Eric Berryman and Kate Valk in the Austin American-Statesman.


Nothing short of transcendent. An extraordinary masterclass in listening.

The New York Times

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Media Sponsor: KUT-FM

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