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a dark, bearded middle-aged white man in jacket and open shirt smiles spookily into camera
Ken Webster stars in HPT's production of St. Nicholas. Photos by Katherine Catmull.


Hyde Park Theatre presents

St. Nicholas
Conor McPherson

Ken Webster

March 16 - 18, 2023 & March 30 - April 22, 2023

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It was a lovely opening weekend for St. Nicholas by the brilliant Irish playwright Conor McPherson--two encores Friday, what?--which has now been capped by a wonderful review in the Chronicle:

"Overflows with powerful imagery . . . riveting theatre. . . miraculous . . . leaves the audience pretty damn euphoric." - Austin Chronicle

If you caught FronteraFest this year, you heard Ken Webster mention this play about a drunken Irish theater critic who finds himself in the employ of vampires. (Why is it called St. Nicholas? We don't know, no one does, sometimes you have to let the mystery be.)

This is a revival of a production we first did in 2006, when Ken Webster was much too young for the role but nevertheless won the Austin Critics Table Award for Outstanding Lead Actor for Ken Webster, and raves like these:

Austin Chronicle: "Conor McPherson wrote one hell of a one-man show, and Ken Webster executes it beautifully. St. Nicholas is storytelling at its finest." And: "a veteran performer, a famous young playwright, and a good evening of theatre. . . . Webster is a joy to watch."

Austin American Statesman: "Webster is the ultimate storyteller . . . more enthralling than his vampires."

The Austinist: "A captivating escape . . . a deliciously odd one, too. We went into the evening with high expectations. We weren't disappointed. . . . top-rate storytelling."

Get a taste for yourself: check out this short trailer created by Eric Graham of IC Pictures:

St. Nicholas at Hyde Park Theatre from Eric Graham on Vimeo.

MASK POLICY: In our small space, we continue to encourage masking, but we no longer require it.

Come early! Prices go up the last two weeks of the run. The show runs at 8:00 PM on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, March 16 - 18, 2023 & March 30 - April 22, 2023. Tickets range from $21 to $28. with $2 off for seniors, active service members, and ACA/F members. Every Thursday is Pay What You Can Night at the door. Buy tickets online or call 512-479-PLAY (7529). Please note: There are no performances the weekend of March 23-25.

Hyde Park Theatre is located at 511 W. 43rd Street. Covered off-street parking for the patrons of HPT is available during performances in the lot at 4315 Guadalupe Street, just north of The Parlor. You can drive through The Parlor's parking lot to reach it. Evening HPT parking also available at Kenneth's Hair Salon, just south of HPT, and at the Hyde Park Church of Christ on the northeast corner of 43rd & Avenue B. We are grateful to them all for their generosity.

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This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, and by an award from The National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.

HPT is also funded by grants from The Still Water Foundation and Tocker Foundation.

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