Video Promo by Magic Spoon Productions: VAMPYRESS by Chad Salvata, Vortex Repertory, September 22 - October 21, 2017

Video promo by Magic Spoon Productions (PG-13)


Click to go to NSFW video by Magic Spoon Productions at (nudity)


A Gothic opera by Chad Salvata
Directed by Bonnie Cullum; starring Melissa Vogt in the title role
Presented by Ethos and The VORTEX

For Halloween 2017, Ethos and The VORTEX proudly announce a new production of Vampyress. This Gothic opera is a tale of horror, mysticism, blood, and magic, created by Ethos composer and Artistic Director, Chad Salvata. Vampyress is based on the true story of Erzsebet Bathori, “The Bloody Countess”. Born in 16th-century Hungary, Bathori murdered hundreds of young women and bathed in their blood in order to sustain her youth and beauty, until finally being discovered and condemned. While often vilified for these horrific acts, she has also evolved some cult-like status over the centuries. Salvata’s embellishment of the final days of her notorious downfall produces a powerful and compelling work of mystical storytelling.

Ethos Artistic Director Chad Salvata and VORTEX Producing Artistic Director, Bonnie Cullum team up once again for an all-new production of Vampyress with stunning new costumes, immersive sets, dynamic lighting, and exquisite sound.

Melissa Vogt and Betsy McCann Bromley reprise their award-winning roles as Erzebet and her lover, Stephan. The all-woman cast also features Chelsea Manasseri, Hayley Armstrong, Eryn Gettys, Amanda Clifton, and Micah Gause.

Music and Libretto by Chad Salvata. Directed by Bonnie Cullum. Original Score Composed and Performed by Chad Salvata. Scenic Design Ann Marie Gordon. Lighting Design Jason Amato. Sound Design and Engineering Roy Taylor. Prop and Blood Design Helen Parish. Costume Design Stephanie Dunbar and Chad Salvata. Makeup Design by Amelia Turner. Choreography Sandie Donzica. Stage Manager Tamara L. Farley. Assistant Director Jamie Goodman. Assistant Lighting Design Patrick Anthony. Assistant Sound Design Adam Gunderson. Technical Director Brandi Alexander. Audio Recording Engineer Sergio R. Samayoa. Filmed & edited by Magic Spoon Productions

by Chad Salvata

September 22 - October 28, 2017
Vortex Repertory Theatre
2307 Manor Road
Austin, TX, 78722

September 22- EXTENDED to October 28, 2017 8 pm


Erzebet Bathori’s Bloody Ball -- Saturday, October 14. A Costume Party, Fundraiser, and bloody good time.

“Industry Night” Wednesday, October 18 8pm 

Live-Streaming Friday. October 6th, 8pm CST

ASL-Interpreted Saturday, October 7th (Free to deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences)

VORTEX Connects Post Show Discussions TBA



The VORTEX, 2307 Manor Rd. Austin, TX 78722

Free Parking. Bus Route.

The Butterfly Bar @ The VORTEX opens nightly at 5pm with full bar, hand-crafted cocktails, and snacks.

Patrizi’s @ The VORTEX opens nightly at 5pm with delicious homemade Italian food.


Tickets: $35-$15

$35 Priority Seating  

$25 General Admission 

$15 Discount/Child/Artist/Student/Senior

Advance Reservations Recommended.  Limited seating.  or 512-478-5282


Radical Rush Free Tickets: Limited free tickets for each performance in the spirit of sustainability, accessibility, and the gift economy. Radical Rush tickets released at 7pm each night-in-person only.

2-for-1 admission Thursday and Sunday with donation of 2 cans for SafePlace


Warning:  Nudity, Violence, Blood, and Thrills.  For Mature Audiences.