Angelina College Theatre Presenting Critically Acclaimed ‘’Night, Mother’


Night Mother (Program)Angelina College Theatre will present Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “’Night, Mother” for three nights beginning Thursday, April 21 at the Angelina Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre (ACA Room 110) on the AC campus.

Each show begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

The 1986 film version of Norman’s play starred Academy Award-winning actresses Sissy Spacek and Ann Bancroft. The Broadway version ran for 380 performances and earned four Tony Awards.

AC student/actors Retha Powers (as Thelma Cates) and Kesley Grimes (as Jessie Cates) will present the story of Jessie, a young woman who has decided life is far too complicated and hard to endure. Jessie informs her mother Thelma she intends to end her life. The ensuing dialogue and interaction between the determined Jessie and her helplessly disbelieving mother leads to a story NY Magazine called “…honest, uncompromising, lucid, penetrating, well-written, dramatic, and…unmanipulatively moving…”

The AC Production team includes Kary Raine, Director; Eric Walker, Assistant Director and Set Design; Chance Chunn, Stage Manager; Eric Manus, Assistant Stage Manager; Andy Reed, Lighting Design; Kesley Grimes, Costume/Makeup Design; Nicholos Trusclair, Sound Design and Board Operator; Chris Reeves, Props Master; Adrian Torres, Program Artist; Brenda Vallejo, Program Editor; and Amy Young, House Manager.

Tickets prices are $5 for adults and $4 for seniors, students, and children. For ticket information, contact the Temple Theater Box Office at 936-633-5454.

Gary Stallard
Sports Information Director Gary Stallard, who also serves as a Liberal Arts Instructor, begins his eleventh season with Angelina College. Following a career as a U.S. Marine, Stallard completed his bachelor’s degree at Stephen F. Austin University, where he majored in English and Journalism. For more than 16 years, he has worked as a sports writer/columnist/photographer for the Lufkin Daily News; he continues to contribute free-lance articles on occasion. Stallard has won several awards for writing, including the Golden Hoops Award for basketball writing in 2003, Regional Sports Writer of the Year in 2004, and the Texas Press Association’s first-place award for column writing in 2007 and in 2014. He has also done basketball, football and baseball radio and live streaming play-by- play and color commentary for an ESPN affiliate. Currently Stallard serves as play-by-play broadcaster for AC basketball, baseball and softball games. Prior to arriving at Angelina College, Stallard taught English at Lufkin High School for four years. He currently teaches Developmental Writing classes at AC. He and his wife Susan live in Lufkin.

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