Mitch Pileggi joins the cast of Zach’s Texas Premiere of ‘Tribes’

AUSTIN, TX – ZACH Theatre is pleased to produce the Texas premiere of NINA RAINE’s family drama, Tribes, January 27 – February 28, 2016 on stage in the Topfer Theatre featuring MITCH PILEGGI (The X-Files), STEPHEN DRABICKI (Tribes Canadian Premiere), AARON JOHNSON, BABS GEORGE (Mad Hip Beat and Gone), IRIS McQUILLAN-GRACE, and recent Texas State University graduate AVA L’AMOREAUX.

Zach Theatre Tribes

 Tribes is one of the most exciting and powerful family dramas in the past decade,” says Director Dave Steakley. “This show is not written exclusively for the Deaf community – Austin has the second largest Deaf population in the US – it’s a show we can all share and experience together, truly examining how we say what we need to say. I am delighted to bring the extraordinary Mitch Pileggi back home to ZACH.  He began his career here, and his performance in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair De Lune by Terrence McNally twenty-five years ago clinched my decision to take my job at ZACH. I’m thrilled that Stephen, who has played Billy across the United States, is joining us.  He is a dear guy and brings an incredible sincerity to this role,” says Steakley.  “Our initial plan was for Russell Harvard to play Billy, but Russell made his Broadway debut this fall in the critically acclaimed Deaf West production of Spring Awakening. The production’s extended run prevents him from returning to Austin for rehearsals for our production of Tribes.” 

As the only deaf member of his sharp-tongued family, sweet-natured Billy has spent much of his life feeling out of place.  But when he meets a young woman on the brink of deafness, he finds out what it means to belong for the first time.  This provocative and touching play is as much about the tyranny of language, as it is about the challenge of not being able to hear it.  Tribes won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play in 2012. The Wall Street Journal calls Tribes“The best-written, best-plotted, deepest, most daring and funniest new play in recent years.” Tribes is recommended for mature audiences.

The Tribes creative team includes DAVE STEAKLEY as the Director, MICHELLE NEY as Scenic Designer, CARL J. BOOKER as Costume Designer,SARAH MAINES as Lighting Designer, ELIOT HAYNES as Video Designer, CRAIG BROCK as Sound Designer, and SCOTT GROH as Properties Designer.

Tickets start at $25 and are available online at, by phone at

512-476-0541 ext. 1, or in person at the ZACH Theatre Box Office, in the Topfer Theatre, 202 South Lamar Blvd. (corner of Riverside Drive and South Lamar Blvd.) Monday through Saturday, 12 noon – 7 pm.  ZACH Theatre is wheelchair accessible. Discounts are available for groups of 8 or more. Student Rush Tickets are $18 one hour before show time (with valid ID).

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