Local performance organization Troupe Texas presented its third play and poetry reading at Wake the Dead Coffee House Wednesday.
John Hood, adjunct faculty, founded the theater ensemble at the University of Texas in 1990 when he served as head of design and technology at the department of theatre and director of productions at the Performing Arts Center.
Hood brought Troupe Texas to Texas State in 2001 when he began teaching as an adjunct professor in the department of theatre and dance, University College and Honors Program.
According to its Web site, Troupe Texas “is an ensemble of writers, actors, directors, designers, technicians and producers who are committed to bringing dramatic texts to life.”
“We have plenty of good, new playwrights, but few places to produce their work,” Hood said. “We’re here to produce new plays and new versions of classics.”
The purpose of the bi-weekly readings is to allow the writer of the poem, play or short story to hear his or her words presented by an actor in front of an audience.
The audience is asked to offer constructive criticism to the writer on comment cards passed out before the performance.
“This is an opportunity for actors to read the words writers have written and for the writers to hear their words acted out,” said Lela Holt, theater graduate student and Troupe Texas literary manager.
The program began at 6:30 p.m. and started with a poem written by Grady Hillman, program faculty in the School of Art and Design. The evening proceeded with works from various students and faculty.
Troupe Texas chose to hold the readings at Wake the Dead for the laid-back atmosphere.
“If you can relax, then you are more comfortable with providing commentary,” said Zachary Christman, alumnus and Troupe Texas associate artistic director. “We wanted to create a sort of ‘coffee theater’ so our audience can participate.”
Caitlin Hagans, international studies junior, said she enjoyed the performance
“I hope there are more in the future,” Hagans said.
Troupe Texas’s next reading will take place at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 25 at Wake the Dead.