Focus on Community/Arts
Peake Players Head "Deep in the Heart of Texas"

Posted on Monday, October 03, 2005


WYE MILLS – The Peake Players of Chesapeake College kick off their Salute to the Lone Star State season this weekend with the opening of Deep in the Heart of Texas. The season opener is a collection of scenes and monologues which deal with life in the great state of Texas.

The show is based on a monologue collection entitled In the West, which was written by a group of twenty-one authors in Austin, Texas. It also includes several original scenes written by director Anita Livingston. Overall, the show provides a very humorous, though occasionally poignant look at life as a "real Texan."

The Texas season came to be, firstly, because Livingston lived in Texas for twelve years before coming to the eastern shore. "I developed a real appreciation of the intense consciousness of, and pride in, being a Texan," she says. "There is probably no other state in the nation which maintains such a strong unique identity as the Lone Star State. I wanted to pay tribute to this spirit."

But there´s another reason for the Texas theme. Over the past few years, the Peake Players´ scenes and monologue shows have included brief scenes from a hilarious one-act entitled Lone Star. These proved to be some of the funniest and best-loved scenes in the show, so they decided they just had to do the whole show one day. After deciding on Lone Star, together with its companion piece Laundry and Bourbon, as the cornerstone of the season, it was only natural to make the entire season a tribute to the Lone Star State. In addition to Deep in the Heart of Texas and Lone Star/Laundry and Bourbon, the season will include Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music, which opens November 11th; a spring musical, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas; and a summer murder mystery entitled The Demise of the Downhome Dealers.

Deep in the Heart of Texas features the Peake Players´ usual blend of student actors and community veterans. The cast of fourteen includes some audience favorites: Bruce Grove, Erik Murray, Erica Tecce, Pat Fee, Becca Barringer, Toby Scrupski, Dave "Bullet" Wooters, and Les Paternotte. In addition, there are new faces in the group: Mandy Wolf, Curtis Barnhart, Kailyn Bryant, J.R. Murray, Domonique Sturgis, and Chrissie Bahr.

In addition to monologues, the show includes tongue-in-cheek lessons in how to speak Texan, a tribute to famous Texans, instruction in things a Texan would never say, and even a hilarious Texan funeral.

The show will run for two weekends, October 7 through 16. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 and Sunday at 2:30. The show will be performed in the Cadby Theater, located in the Humanities Building of the Chesapeake College campus. General admission is $8 and student and senior admission is $6. Tickets are available at the door. Reservations are not required.

Because of some mature humor, Deep in the Heart of Texas is not recommended for young children. For more information, call director Anita Livingston at 410-822-5400, ext. 278.


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