MARCH 2017 SALON

published March 14 2017

IN SEARCH OF A BLEAK OUTLOOK by Ty Spencer Hoppe
Sunday, March 26 at 6:30 pm
Austin Playwrights Studio
5555 N. Lamar, Bldg. K, Ste. 125

Seventeen-year-old Henry David Winters has read every word Lord Byron, Edgar Allan Poe, and Sylvia Plath ever wrote. His life’s goal is to be a tortured poet. Problem is… he’s never been tortured. He’s led an idyllic young life, and no matter how much black eyeliner he puts on, or how much Marilyn Manson he listens to, he can’t seem to find the right mixture of angst and malcontent he needs to be like his heroes. All that changes though when something tragic happens to Henry for the first time in his life. Will he be able to turn it to art, like he’s always believed, or will he be proven the poser everyone already thinks he is?

Ty Spencer Hoppe is a graduate of The University of Texas with dual degrees in English and Theatre. He also holds a Master’s in Education from The University of North Texas Denton. He has taught Advanced English on the secondary level for the past five years and currently works at J.B. Connally High School in Austin. The first act of this play is an effort to write for audiences his students’ age. The second half is an effort to write for audiences his own.

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