My Big Fat Bahookie
by Renaissance Austin

Apr. 21 - May. 06, 2017

Cast off your self-loathing and celebrate the wonderful being you are!

Welcome to the No More Diets Club!  Founded by former failed dieter, Marianne McGonigle, this is the only club of its kind in the whole world . . . a place where you can be yourself, just the way you are. To celebrate the club’s grand opening, Marianne has gathered together an impressive group of celebrities to entertain and enlighten club members: the illustrious Chef Alfredo, Yogi to the Stars Tantric Ruse, Dr. Latest Fad and his Diet Mist, Pastor Adipose, and many other stars of the No More Diets Industry.

 My Big Fat Bahookie is an original comedy about body image, self-esteem, diets, and the diet industry.  Conceived and written by Lorella Loftus, the show presents a positive message that self-esteem is more important than social approval.  The attitude that overweight people should be socially ostracized has resulted in extremely negative effects for individuals suffering from self-esteem and body image issues.  In deconstructing the diet industry and all its propaganda, the show promotes an unashamed love of one’s body and celebrates the uniqueness of every person.


Promo Video by Magic Spoon Productions



Directed by Lorella Loftus.  Scenic Design by Ann Marie Gordon.  Lighting Design by James Jennings.  Original Music and Sound Design by Chad Salvata.  Video Design by Jose Lozano.  Costume Design by Jacob Rosenbaum.  Prop Design by Jamie Goodman.  Choreography by Sandie Donzica.  Graphic Design by Melissa Vogt.  Stage Management by Suzanne Smith.  Assistant Directors: Vikki Schwarz, Dillon Yruegas, and Diane Christopherson.

CAST: Lorella Loftus, Melissa Vogt, Mindy Rast Keenan, Heidi Penix, Eva McQuade, Sandie Donzica, Jennifer Haston, Boye Nagle, Gina Marie, Lamont Akpojotor, and Jacob Rosenbaum.

My Big Fat Bahookie is funded in part by VORTEX Repertory Company and by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Tickets and more information


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My Big Fat Bahookie
by Lorella Loftis
Renaissance Austin

April 21 - May 06, 2017
Vortex Repertory Theatre
2307 Manor Road
Austin, TX, 78722

 April 21-May 6, 2017

ASL-Interpreted Saturday, April 22 (Free to deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences)

Live Streaming April 28 at 8pm CST on

 “Industry Night” Wednesday, May 3 at 8pm

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Where: 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 Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday with donation of 2 cans for SafePlace