The Hairy Ape | Description and Partners
Renegade Productions partnered with students from the School of Theatre and Dance at Texas Tech University, leaders from Grace Campus, Hearing the Homeless, and artists with BLNKA to bring theatre and art to the clients of Grace Campus. Performed May 17th through May 26th at Grace Campus, 1301 Avenue A, the collaborators behind The Hairy Ape hoped to provide visibility and resources to the nonprofit, which serves as a transitional shelter for homeless individuals in Lubbock.
“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 serving and serve them in every way possible with this classic play,” explains Alec Lee Williams, Producer of The Hairy Ape by Eugene O’Neill.
Whether in a transitional capacity, due to unfortunate and unforeseen circumstances like a house fire, or due to chronic issues, Grace Campus gives the homeless of Lubbock a place to rebuild their lives. The campus has small homes with beds, men and women’s restrooms with toilets and showers, laundry facilities, and a large barn which allows people a place to engage in community activities. While these resources build a much higher quality of life for the clients, there is always a need for food, upkeep costs, and material items to maintain these facilities.
“This production will not only benefit the homeless coming through our gates seeking shelter, but demonstrate how the Lubbock community can support those in need. Our Board believes that we truly make the greatest impact in the lives of others when we work together,” Says Chris Moore, Executive Director of Grace Campus.
The Hairy Ape is a 1922 expressionist play by American playwright Eugene O’Neill, depicting a beastly laborer known as Yank who searches for a sense of belonging in a world controlled by the rich. The classic O’Neill play investigates identity by an alienating society.
Over 100 people visited Grace Campus to watch The Hairy Ape, $1,500 was raised for Grace Campus, and 6 sources of publicity highlighted the production and Grace Campus’ mission.
Alec Lee Williams was the Producer for The Hairy Ape by Eugene O’Neill