Theatre Wesleyan continues the long-running Playmarket "work-in-progress" series. A reading of Empty Nest by senior theatre major Sam Berg and YATAGARASU by English major Jonathan Kutney will be presented on Sunday, April 11 at the Thad Smotherman Theatre at Texas Wesleyan University (1205 Binkley Street, 76105). The free play readings will also be offered as a live stream.
The production team includes professor Connie Whitt-Lambert (director), Hope Allison (Empty Nest stage manager), Elena Cruce (YATAGARASU stage manager), Meg Lewis (lighting design), David Bates (assistant lighting design), Cameron Hatcher (sound design), Chase Di Iulio (assistant sound design), Bethany Bordelon and Karen Potter (costume design), and Colin Schwartz (live stream coordinator).
Faculty, staff, and students, as well as audience members who attend the play readings will adhere to local and university social distancing guidelines.
All plans and information are subject to change and announcements will be made in the event adjustments are, or need to be, made for the safety of our faculty, staff, students, and audience.
Empty Nest - Sunday, April 11 at 2 p.m.
YATAGARASU - Sunday, April 11 at 5 p.m.
*Times and indoor venue subject to change; please check website for more details and updates.
Admission is free to attend the readings in-person. Reservations are required. Reservations are available online at txwes.edu/theatretickets or by calling (817) 531-4211. Use the code FREE at checkout.
Audience members are required to wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines. To maintain the safety of our faculty, staff, students and audience, a limited number of seats will be available and we will not accommodate late seating.
Patrons can access a live stream performance by registering at txwes.edu/theatretickets or by calling (817) 531-4211. Use the code FREE at checkout. Live stream links will be emailed 2 to 2.5 hours before the performance.
If you have questions, please contact the Theatre Wesleyan office at (817) 531-5867.
Empty Nest will be presented at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 11. Empty Nest contains mature material and sensitive themes.
"This script started out as a scrappy, four-page writing activity on unrequited love from my intro to playwriting class," Berg says of the origins of Empty Nest. "I have been working on it on and off for about three years now."
Berg says that professor Connie Whitt-Lambert's mentorship helped keep her on task throughout the course of the play's development.
"Connie is attentive to details and has helped me develop this script into something bigger than I imagined when writing it," she says.
The cast includes Lori Coughlin (Natalie), Elena Cruce (Mia), Bethany Bordelon (Anna), and the stage directions will be read by Douglas Fournier.
YATAGARASU will be presented at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 11.
"I started [writing the play] about a year ago just as a simple weekly playwriting class assignment," Kutney says of the origins of YATAGARASU. "It wasn’t until winter break that I really revisited it and thought there might be something interesting there. So, at the start of the semester, I really dove back into it again."
The word "yatagarasu" is defined as an East Asian mythological three-legged crow said to inhabit and represent the sun. Kutney's play stemmed from the ideas and influences of samurai films throughout the culture of western entertainment.
"For example, George Lucas has long said that Kurisawa’s Seven Samurai influenced Star Wars. So, I wanted to try reverse engineering that. I took a scene from The Empire Strikes Back -- when Luke first meets Yoda -- and tried turning it into a contained samurai story," Kutney said.
The cast includes Nathan Tobey (Young Samurai), Felipe Trejo (Drunken Monk), and the stage directions will be read by Hugo Morales Saldaña. Elena Cruce will stage manage.