REVIEW: "The Hairy Ape" at Grace Campus

The west Texas wind whips, and the walls of the barn performance space rattle slightly. The sounds of trucks rumbling by on the nearby street creep into the space. This is the setting for an imaginative staging of Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape, currently being presented at (and to benefit) Grace Campus.

The Hairy Ape is a 1922 expressionist play by American playwright Eugene O'Neill centering around a beastly, unthinking laborer known as Yank as he searches for a sense of belonging in a world controlled by the rich. When the rich daughter of an industrialist in the steel business refers to him as a "filthy beast", Yank undergoes a crisis of identity. One can’t help but see the same great divide between the classes in our own contemporary society—especially given the evocative location of the performance.

 
Photo by Lindsay Rigney

Photo by Lindsay Rigney

Photo by Lindsay Rigney

Photo by Lindsay Rigney

The Hairy Ape by Eugene O’Neill to Bring Together Local Artists and Benefit Grace Campus

"We have an opportunity to directly affect the lives of the individuals at Grace Campus. My colleagues and I are passionately working to spotlight the need that Grace Campus is satisfying and serve them in every way possible with this classic play," explains Alec Lee Williams, Producer of The Hairy Ape by Eugene O'Neill.

Photo by Alec Lee Williams

Photo by Alec Lee Williams

‘The Last Five Years’ launches West Texas Education Project

As an arts administration student at Texas Tech University, Alec Williams might not have imagined himself on the directing side of a musical. But his determination to use the arts to help other students was paramount. To get the ball rolling on his West Texas Education Project, he took on the director and producer roles for the project's first production, “The Last Five Years,” which opens this weekend at Odessa College Globe Theatre

Photo by Lindsay Rigney

Photo by Lindsay Rigney

Production of The Hairy Ape at Grace Campus is coming soon

Lydia McBee Reed, Christopher Moore, and Alec Lee Williams join Rache Adhey on Trends and Friends.

Photo by Steve Goff

Photo by Steve Goff

Williams combines education, music to pursue dreams

Alec Williams, an art administration graduate student and a fellow for the Charles Adam studio project, transferred from Odessa College to Texas Tech in his undergraduate years. Now, he is returning to Odessa College and bringing his love for theater with him.

Photo by Lindsay Rigney

Photo by Lindsay Rigney

Texas Tech theatre students producing play to benefit Grace Campus

Students from the School of Theatre and Dance at Texas Tech University are bringing theatre and art to the clients of Grace Campus, a transitional shelter for homeless people in Lubbock.It’s a collaboration between students at Texas Tech University, Hearing the Homeless, BLNKA and Grace Campus. They came together to spotlight the need that Grace Campus is satisfying and help them by providing visibility and resources.

Photo by Steve Goff

Photo by Steve Goff

The Front Row: West Texas Education Project

A graduate student at the Texas Tech University School of Theatre and Dance launched a collaborative project between the school of theatre and dance, Odessa College and Odessa’s Globe Theatre. Alec Williams, graduate student, visits with the Front Row to talk about that collaboration.

Photo by Steve Goff

Photo by Steve Goff

Thursday's Art Update

Randy Ham and Alec Williams join Lupe on Fox 24 News A.M. Live.

Photo by Lindsay Rigney

Photo by Lindsay Rigney

Raider Red’s One-Act Play and Dance spectaculars runs through Saturday

This week sparks originality as it finds Tech students writing and directing plays and further filling all roles in the casts and on crews. Truth be told, initially there were some weaker early efforts, yet no doubt a great many students found new inspiration.