Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Life With Father closes out theatre season

KINGSVILLE - April 11, 2006

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143


Actors Post for a family portrait

Life with Father rounds out a season of plays at Texas A&M University-Kingsville dealing with the American experience.

The comedic play was written by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse and based upon the Clarence Day Jr. book about a colorful Victorian father. The play first opened in 1938, with a long run on Broadway. This production’s director, professor of theatre Dr. David Deacon, ranks Life with Father as one of the finest plays in the lexicon of 20th century American theatre.

Performance dates and times are Friday and Saturday, April 21-22, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 23, at 2:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre, on the A&M-Kingsville campus. Admission is $3.

It chronicles the life of Father, a New York City stockbroker named Clarence Day Sr. (played by Clifford Moore, recently featured in the Texas A&M-Kingsville production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), who is carefully managed by his loving wife Vinnie (played by Jinnelle Aguilar Henley, a senior drama major from Orange Grove).

The hilarious plot centers around Vinnie's attempts to get Father baptized in the Episcopal church so that they are assured a spot in Heaven. Father Day vigorously resists such christening efforts by his wife, calling it "folderol." Meanwhile, Father's four sons have their own problems as they deal with the patriarch. The sons are Clarence Jr. (played by Heraclio Gonzalez, a theatre arts sophomore from Kingsville), John (played by Kingsville student Austin Dale, also featured previously in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Whitney (played by Kingsville student Garrett Henke, previously featured in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and Harlan (played by Kingsville student Matt Hewitt).

Eldest son Clarence Day Jr. falls in love with the pretty Mary Skinner from Ohio but, alas, she's a Methodist. Could a Methodist possibly marry an Episcopalian? John gets into trouble selling snake oil medicine and Whitney attempts to master his church catechism, although he would much rather be playing baseball.

The cast is rounded out by Cindy Gutierrez (theatre arts freshman from Zapata) as a visiting cousin Cora Cartwright from Ohio and Mary Skinner (played by Angie Laurenz, a Kingsville animal sciences freshman), whom Cora brings along to New York.

James Maupin Taylor, a Falfurrias freshman theatre arts major, plays Dr. Humphreys. Edgar Torres, sophomore history major, appears as Dr. Somers. O’Ryan White, a senior math major from Kingsville, is featured as the bumbling prelate the Reverend Loyd. The Day’s maids are Margaret (played by sophomore theatre arts major Felicia Morin of Kingsville); Annie (played by Lorraine Rodriguez, a junior theatre arts major from Laredo); Delia (played by Shannon Moore); Nora (played by theatre arts freshman Aleida Moreno of Kingsville) and Maggie (played by sophomore theatre arts major Georgina Spelvin of Houston).

Deacon directs his last production after 41 years of producing theatre at Texas A&M-Kingsville. He is assisted in the direction by O’Ryan White, who also doubles as the production stage manager. Griselda Gonzalez a junior biology and theatre arts education major from Driscoll, and Lisa Vela, a theatre arts junior from Kingsville, head up the props crew.

More information is available at 361-593-3401.


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