2019/2020 SEASON

ADMISSIONS: Sept 19 - Oct 6, 2019

THE NICETIES: Jan 16 - Feb 2, 2020

MOTHER OF THE MAID: Mar 26 - Apr 19, 2020

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Denise Hodgson

David R. Jarrott

Mark A. Kiester

© 2019 by Jarrott Productions. 

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ADMISSIONS

By Joshua Harmon
Directed by DAVID R. JARROTT

September 19 - October 6, 2019

“a stunning examination of race in millennial America…” “not just intelligently crafted, but the production it was given was fine-tuned (which we’ve come to expect from Director David Jarrott), and played with rare emotional intelligence.”

- Austin Arts Watch

 

“The real revelation—and it is one—is Tucker Shepherd as Charlie Luther Mason…Tall, tangle-haired and moody, Tucker sets Charlie’s character vividly in place with his restless intensity…Shepherd is right out of high school in Round Rock; by finding him and casting him in this role, director Jarrott does great service both to the actor and to the broader theatre community.”

– Central Texas Live Theatre

“Gripping and unsettling…ADMISSIONS highlights the good, bad and ugly of white liberalism…the entire cast deftly approaches the ebb and flow of the 90-minute piece…Director David Jarrott succeeds in turning Joshua Harmon’s words into an accelerant that forces white progressives to re-examine themselves and where their allyship stands.”

- Broadway World Austin

 
CAST

TIM BLACKWOOD

BETH BURROUGHS

REBECCA ROBINSON

TUCKER SHEPHERD

JENNIE UNDERWOOD

We asked our cast about their personal experiences about college and “life after high school.”

TIM BLACKWOOD (Bill) I am excited to help tell this story although my experience with college admissions was far less dramatic. I was confronted with several applications for schools like Notre Dame, MIT and University of Chicago, all of which extensive forms including multiple essays. However, I then saw the essentially one page application for Purdue University, and I thought "this is school for me." Yes, my entire future was determined by my creative writing laziness and I wouldn't change a thing.

 

BETH BURROUGHS (Ginnie) When I applied to college, I had no idea what I wanted to do or where I wanted to go. My brother is 3 years older and was already going to Virginia Tech, and so I applied there for early admission. I grew up in Corning, NY and there is also a Corning plant in Blacksburg, VA where Virginia Tech is located, and so VA Tech became a known entity and a school of choice for a good number of us from Corning. I got accepted, and so I went. I try to think that I got accepted for having good grades and participating in activities and writing a killer essay, and not because I was from Corning and my brother already went there. But I am a HOKIE through and through... and if you want to know what a HOKIE is... ask me sometime! And yes, we do the Hokie Pokie at football games.   

REBECCA ROBINSON (Sherri) I’ve always been terrible in math and in grad school I was required to take a statistics class in order to graduate. Knowing I’m terrible at math, I went to every class, I sat in the front, I went to group study sessions outside of class, I hired a tutor.  I was prepped to master the final. I walked out thinking I aced it. I got a D. I needed a C to graduate. The professor told me that he’d never seen anyone work harder, so he took pity on me and changed my grade so I could graduate. I don’t think I’ve ever used statistics. 

TUCKER SHEPHERD (Charlie) I just left high school, that's crazy! This is the real world now and I've gotta blast my way into being a productive member ASAP. All I've known for a few years is high school theatre. The moment I discovered that's where I needed to be I filled my schedule with it, and hopefully the time I spent there gave me what I need to continue doing what I love. I'm incredibly excited to continue theatre and that excitement is inversely proportional to my excitement for college and it's potentially monstrous debt. But who knows, maybe they'll give me a discount if I ask nicely. 

JENNIE UNDERWOOD (Roberta) My parents were both teachers and I was an only child.  They were adamant that I would go to college and get my Undergraduate AND Master’s  teaching degrees as they insisted I have something to fall back on before I moved to NYC to become an actress.  So my mother filled out the paper work for Kansas State Teachers College (she didn’t have to pay a $50,000 bribe)—thank goodness they had a theatre program, albeit one that prepared you more for being a theatre teacher than professional.  I fulfilled their dream and mine—less than 3 months after getting my MA, I was in New York.  PS. I have never taught nor had any desire to.

CREATIVE TEAM

DIRECTOR

David R. Jarrott

SCENIC DESIGNER

Michael Krauss

SOUND DESIGNER

Craig Brock

COSTUME DESIGNER

Aaron Flynn

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Alison Lewis

PRODUCTION MANAGER

Lisa Goering

PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER

Morgan Brochu

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Carlo Lorenzo Garcia

HOUSE MANAGER

Will Douglas

MARKETING DIRECTOR

Natalie Garcia

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