Tyler Junior College

Theatre TJC to present ‘Prodigal’

Published Monday, 5th November 2012

"Prodigal" is Theatre TJC’s second production of the 2012-13 season.

Written and directed by Tyler Junior College theater professor Dr. David W. Crawford, the production will run 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Nov. 14-17, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, in Jean Browne Theatre located in Wise Cultural Arts on the TJC main campus.

All seats are $5. Tickets are on sale in the TJC Box Office located in Wise Cultural Arts. Box office hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, or reservations can be made by calling the box office at 903-510-2212.

Crawford said “Prodigal” has been in the process of creation for the last three years, during which time he studied cattle ranching on four different ranches. 

“I learned just enough to be dangerous,” he said. “My purpose was to learn concepts, philosophies and enough vocabulary to be believable, not proficient.”
“Prodigal” is not a cowboy story; but Crawford, a third-generation Texan himself, said a ranch is as good a setting as any.

“Prodigal could take place at anytime, anywhere,” he said. “The initial telling took place in the Middle East. It could and does happen around the world. My telling happens to be ‘where the Piney Woods meets the Post Oak Savannah,’ in Central Texas, roughly anywhere around an hour’s circumference of Centerville.”

The cast includes: Tyler sophomore Braden Socia as Will Briley; Bullard sophomore Doug Lake as Jake Briley; Tyler sophomore Hannah Johnson as Chrissy Briley; Ferris sophomore Trevor Commons as Buck; and Tyler sophomore Ashley McClelland as Bobbie. The Movers are Frankston sophomore Timmy Blackmon and freshman Kevin Bailey of Emory. Assistant director and stage manager is Tyler sophomore Rachel Creason.

An off-Broadway reading of “Prodigal” is under negotiation for summer 2013.

For more information on the TJC Department of Theatre, go to www.tjc.edu/theatre.

Author: Elise Mullinix 

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