On Sunday, June 5, 2011, another Baytown Little Theater (BLT) production closed during this 50th Anniversary Season. Kim, director, our son, Ryan, assistant director and yours truly “production secretary”, (Definition: costumes, props, coffee maker,budget keeper & general flunky) were satisfied with the outcome of this world premiere production.
The Lost Tribe centered around two elderly Holocaust survivors and the one who came into the aging barber’s shop one day resurrecting feelings of revenge in the barber’s wife. New playwright, Jeff Stolzer, from the “Big Apple”, wrote his first play project as an assignment for a playwriting class several years ago. Noting difficulty getting his play on stage, Stozler chose to enter his script in the Texas Non-profit Theatre (TNT) POPS festival for new playwrights where his play earned the opportunity to be produced by one of its member community theaters. The BLT added The Lost Tribe to its regular six-play season for 2010-2011.
Delighted that Jeff decided to fly down from New York for the play’s premiere, May 20, 2011 at the BLT; the usual champagne reception was particularly festive. The TNT association was well represented by its director, Linda Lee, and other TNT members. With anxious anticipation, the show opened to a moderate crowd of regular patrons along with a handful of new faces. As curtain came down on opening night, we sensed an acceptance of the play and the message to remember the atrocious events of the Holocaust.
Jeff Stolzer joined our cast and crew afterwards at the opening night cast/crew party. Pleased by what he had seen on stage that evening, Stolzer said it was “just like he had imagined it in his head.” His comments made us feel that the play was a success.
As Kim and I relax back into our summer routine, we are happy it does not include the theater’s summer musical. However, we will do our part to help with box office work, house managing and other peripheral production tasks.
Next up at the BLT: Roar of the Greasepaint, Smell of the Crowd
July 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31, 2011