THE SPEAKER SPEAKS
By Clay Nichols
Produced by Will Douglas
March 4th, 2021 - Ongoing
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Sam Rayburn of Texas served as Speaker of the U.S. House longer than any person before or since his time. During World War II, Mr. Sam spoke directly to America via public radio; and in this series of episodic audio theatre acts, he will again.
Written by Clay Nichols, The Speaker Speaks was adapted and performed by David R. Jarrott, and produced by Will Douglas.
This audio-theatre presentation is based upon The Public Domain Theatre Company’s 1999 stage production of The Speaker Speaks: An Evening with Sam Rayburn, directed by Robi Polgar.
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David R. Jarrott
David has been involved in making theatre for over 65 years, beginning with a cameo role at the San Antonio Little Theatre at age 10. He has appeared in theatres all over Texas, although most of his work has been on Austin stages. David has appeared in productions locally at ZACH Theatre, The Bijuberti Players, Austin Shakespeare, The Public Domain Theatre Company, Austin Playhouse, St. Edward’s University, the University of Texas, Center Stage, The Company and others. For nearly 40 years his day jobs were in radio and television as well as in advertising, where he won numerous local, state, national and international awards as a writer and producer. In 2011 he was elected by his peers to the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.
He created Jarrott Productions in 2015 because, even though Austin has well over 100 theatre companies, he felt the audience for contemporary plays written in traditional form was being underserved. There are many extremely good productions of musical theatre, Shakespeare, American and other classics, and the avante garde being done by theatre companies every week in the Austin area. However, there are not many productions of late 20th/early 21st century comedies and dramas that deal with themes of love and redemption, forgiveness and reconciliation, and what playwright Rory Kinnear calls “the irresistible pull of family.”
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