Second Samuel, a touching and relevant play by Pamela Parker, will begin performances on Thursday, Feb. 13 as part of Theatre Wesleyan's 2019/20 season. The production will be directed by Joe Allen Brown, professor of theatre and communications and assistant dean of freshmen.
Through the generosity of two of Wesleyan’s Trustees, Claudia Stepp and Jan Fersing, the playwright will be in attendance during its second week of performances. She will do a post-show talkback after the Friday, February 21 performance. Audience members will be able to ask questions and hear from Ms. Parker about the real-life people and experiences that inspired the writing of the play.
Performances will be held at the Thad Smotherman Theatre at Texas Wesleyan University (1205 Binkley Street, 76105) and will continue through Saturday, Feb. 22.
Tickets are now available at the Theatre Wesleyan website (www.txwes.edu/theatre). For more information regarding group ticket sales at a discounted rate, please contact the Box Office at 817-531-4211 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ticket prices range from $5-10.
Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. – Opening Night
Friday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. – Matinee
Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. - Post-Show Talkback with playwright Pamela Parker
Saturday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. – Closing Performance
About Second Samuel
It was a simpler time in the late 1940s, especially in South Georgia and specifically in a sleepy little town called Second Samuel. What had been called the Great Depression was quickly fading into memory. The war had been won, the election was now over, and "Give 'em Hell Harry" was still president. It had been an exciting time for sure, but the folks in Second Samuel were ready for things to settle down and get back to normal. Except—this was the summer Miss Gertrude passed away, and deep dark secrets were about to be revealed. Nobody could have imagined how the death of one sweet little old lady would turn the entire town upside down, leaving everybody in Second Samuel wondering if anything would ever be normal again!
The cast includes Texas Wesleyan University students, many with previous onstage and backstage theatre experience in the DFW area, all pursuing a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre. The cast includes six upperclassmen and five current freshmen: Darin Michael Martin (B Flat), Logan Underhill (Frisky), Kristian Thomas (U.S.), Brian Johnson (Mansel), Douglas Fournier (Mr. Mozel), Leia Murray (Omaha), Hope Allison (Jimmy Deeanne), Nicole Davis (Ruby), Robyn Bradley (Marcela), Jonathan Burt (Doc), and Nathan Tobey (June).
The creative team, also consisting of Texas Wesleyan University students and faculty, includes Joe Allen Brown (director and scenic design). Sabrina Alegria (stage manager), Reagan Fraze (asst. scenic design), Ryan Simón (sound design), Hope Allison (asst. costume design), Malik Offor (costume design), Jeanne Everton (dialect coach), Tristen Brown (asst. dialect coach/asst. sound design), Lauren Garza (graphic design), and Joseph Laws (dramaturg).
The Texas Wesleyan Student Theatrical Experience Fund (STEF), a partnership with Texas Wesleyan University’s Student Government Association and Theatre Wesleyan, since 2016, allows TXWES students to be able to see Theatre Wesleyan productions at no cost. Service organizations for the performing arts, including the Theatre Development Fund (since 1968), which inspired STEF, have allowed and enabled attendance of unique theatrical experiences for everyone, including students, at discounted rates.