A letter from director Joe Brown about 'Second Samuel,' running Feb. 13-22
Greetings to our Theatre Wesleyan audience!
Get ready to be welcomed into the southern Georgia town of Second Samuel, circa 1949. This play was written by Pamela Parker about thirty years ago and in the last decade has risen in popularity; a movie of the play has recently been independently produced.
Pamela Parker is a self-taught writer and playwright who has lived in Georgia all her life. Second Samuel is inspired by family stories she was told about real people. These were very interesting and, at times, eccentric people. I contacted Pamela Parker through social media and have had many enjoyable phone conversations with her about her play, its development and the characters in the script.
Through the generosity of two of Wesleyan’s Trustees, Claudia Stepp and Jan Fersing, we are able to bring Ms. Parker to our campus to see the production during its second week of performances. She will do a post-show talkback after the Friday, February 21 performance.
Ms. Parker is retired and enjoys trying to see the various productions of her play. Our cast just had a conference call with her to learn more about the characters and the creation of Second Samuel. The information and insight she has provided has been such a valuable asset to our particular production of this show.
We invite you to come and meet eleven interesting townsfolk in Second Samuel, Georgia. Second Samuel, the play, runs February 13-22 and tickets are now available on our website. This is the first show I have directed at Wesleyan in a long time, and I am very excited for audiences to experience what we have created with our students.
You will laugh, you will be moved, and you will leave changed.
Joe Allen Brown
Performances will be held at the Thad Smotherman Theatre at Texas Wesleyan University (1205 Binkley Street, 76105) and will begin on Thursday, Feb. 13.
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.
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.
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 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.