How the Light Gets In

Angela McLaughlin, TPops Board, Stage Manager, ANP, All New People, Tinkerbell is Dead, Tink, Theatre, PAC

How the Light Gets In

By Board President Angela McLaughlin

Here’s the question I’ve been struggling with. How do we create truly inclusive theatre communities? Or, another way of putting it, how do we call people “in” versus calling them “out?” Theatre Pops has been struggling to find a balance between telling the stories we think people need and want to hear, and working within the resources and talent that we have available to us. How do we achieve the former and expand the latter without compromising our values? I can’t imagine that we’re the only company struggling with these big questions, so I propose to offer a few ideas and a little insight, coming from the world of Intercultural and Diversity/Inclusion work.

I’m going to break it down into a handful of categories, and please kno...

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Was LBJ A True Champion of Civil Rights? – Part Two

Was LBJ A True Champion of Civil Rights? – Part Two

By Adrian Alexander

Writing in 2014, Politifact Texas senior editor Gardner Selby noted that LBJ “was lauded by four successor presidents as a Lincoln-esque groundbreaker for civil rights,” but that his early political career suggested something else. Speaking on April 10, 2014 at the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Library in Austin, President Barack Obama said, “…like any of us, he was not a perfect man. His experiences in rural Texas may have stretched his moral imagination. But he was ambitious, very ambitious, a young man in a hurry to plot his own escape from poverty and to chart his own political career. And in the Jim Crow South, that mean not challenging convention...

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Was LBJ A True Champion of Civil Rights? – Part One

Was LBJ A True Champion of Civil Rights? – Part One

By Adrian Alexander

On Wednesday, November 27, 1963, less than one week after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, his “accidental” successor, Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas, addressed a joint session of Congress as the new chief executive of the nation. The previous spring, in the wake of the manhandling of black American civil rights protesters, including schoolchildren, at the hands of police and firemen in Birmingham, Alabama, President Kennedy had appeared on national television on June 11 to announce that he was sending a tough new civil rights bill to Congress...

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Who is Luella?

Who is Luella and where would she hide?

One generally relies on their mother to be their rock, their voice of reason, their shelter in a storm, the peanut butter to their jelly… but sometimes dear ol’ mom is just a little… off.  We spoke to Deborah Bosworth-Campbell about her character, Luella, and the dynamics in her relationship with daughter Felicity.

Deborah Bosworth-Campbell is Luella in "Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them".

Deborah Bosworth-Campbell is Luella in “Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them”.

What does your character think about Torture?
Luella tries not to “think” about torture because she has experienced it.

If your character had a campaign slogan, what would it be?
Consider a different life’s choice.

What cocktail does your character drink and why?
Luella would prefer to drink Cosmopolitans...

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Who is Zamir?

Who is Zamir and can he do an Irish jig?

Is Zamir a victim? Is he a villain? And is Zamir even his real Irish name? We spoke with Chris Williams to gain some insight into his character. Disclaimer: low on insight, heavy on mystery.

Chris Williams is Zamir in "Why Torture is Wrong (and the people who love them)".

Chris Williams is Zamir in “Why Torture is Wrong (and the people who love them)”.

What makes your character special?

Sometimes he drives a big van, in the middle of the night. 

If Zamir had a campaign slogan, what would it be?

Have a Fresca! Vote Zamir!

What is your character’s cocktail of choice?

Rusty Nail, heavy on the rust.

What is your character’s favorite butterfly?

Zamir knows nothing of butterflies!!

Tulsa native Chris Williams first appeared on stage in 2011 in Just Some Good Ole Boys at The Nightingale Theatre...

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Who is Reverend Mike?

Who is Reverend Mike and what is his favorite cocktail?

Reverend Mike is the spiritual backbone of the show, with an interesting and unconventional side job. Or maybe he’s a filmmaker who gives spiritual advice on the side. Whatever the case, it’s clear that Jack Allen is the perfect actor to make this eccentric good guy come to life.

Jack Allen is Reverend Mike in "Why Torture is Wrong (and the people who love them)".

Jack Allen is Reverend Mike in “Why Torture is Wrong (and the people who love them)”.

What does your character think about Torture?
Only if they’re into that kinda thing.

If your character was an animal, what animal would they be?
A howler monkey, obviously.

Why is your character important to the show?
In a world polarized in its political views, you need a guy like Reverend Mike who can open his mind to all sides of the argument, someone guided by faith, a c...

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Who is “The Voice”?

Who is “The Voice” and what makes him sooooo mysterious??

Recently we got the exclusive scoop on Rick Harrelson and his somewhat mysterious character, known only as “The Voice.” Warning: what you’re about to read is very strange.

Rick Harrelson is "The Voice" in Theatre Pops' production of "Why Torture is Wrong (and the people who love them)" by Christopher Durang.

Rick Harrelson is “The Voice” in Theatre Pops’ production of “Why Torture is Wrong (and the people who love them)” by Christopher Durang.

Editors Note: It is rumored that Rick has been replaced in this production by a super intelligent swarm of killer bees piloting a state of the art “Rick” Robot, though Rickbot continues to swear that this is obviously malicious slander.

What makes your character special?

Wait, what?!? Practically everything about me is special. I’m a beautiful snowflake. And how dare you imply otherwise!

If your character was an animal, what wou...

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Who is Felicity?

Who is Felicity and what does she think of torture?

And now from the much needed voice of sanity, we present a brief chat with Bekah Bachman, who will be playing the part of Felicity.

Bakah Bachman is Felicity in "Why Torture is Wrong (and the people who love them)".

Bakah Bachman is Felicity in “Why Torture is Wrong (and the people who love them)”.

What does your character think about Torture?

It’s immoral to torture.  We can’t just go torturing people… We really can’t.  I’m serious, Father!!!

If your character had a campaign slogan, what would it be?

Let’s start this all over!

What cocktail does your character drink and why?

Cosmos when she’s trying to hold it together. Vodka Tonic when she’s past hope and needs whatever fortification she can get. She also keeps a box of Chardonnay in the fridge.

What is your characters favorite butterfly?

A live one, fluttering about...

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Who is Leonard?

Who is Leonard and what is his favorite butterfly?

What follows is the unofficial transcript of a rather tense interview with Timothy Hunter, who appears to be taking his character, Leonard, very seriously.

Timothy Hunter is Leonard in "Why Torture is Wrong (and the people who love them)"

Timothy Hunter is Leonard in “Why Torture is Wrong (and the people who love them)”

What makes your character special?

Everything about Leonard is special!  He is never wrong.

How does your character feel about torture?

Torture is absolutely necessary in every area of life.

If your character was an animal, what would the be?

Leonard would be a lion, but purple and covered in glitter.

What is your character’s favorite butterfly?

Leonard’s favorite butterfly is the Solomon Island Birdwing – today.

Since making his Tulsa theatrical debut in 2012, Timothy has had the good fortune of appeari...

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Who is Hildegarde?

Who is Hildegarde and what animal would she be?

We recently got to speak with Liz Masters, AKA Hildegarde about her role in Theatre Pops’ “Why Torture is Wrong (and the people who love them).” Read the exclusive, non-redacted, official document here!

Liz Masters is Hildegarde in "Why Torture is Wrong (and the people who love them)

Liz Masters is Hildegarde in “Why Torture is Wrong (and the people who love them)

What makes your character special?

She is the world’s worst spy.

If your character was an animal, what animal would they be?

A fainting goat.

What does your character think about Torture?

It’s better in the abstract.  Up close and personal, it’s a bit too vivid.

What surprises can we expect from your character?

What, and ruin the surprise?

And finally…What is your character’s favorite butterfly?

The Easter Festooooon.

Liz Masters is an actress/singer/mediocre-bu...

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