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Blinn – Brenham theatre to present Lee Harvey Oswald play

The audience will follow the unsettled and drifting life of Oswald

February 14, 2017

The Blinn College-Brenham Campus Theatre Arts Program will continue its 50th season with a character study of the man who assassinated President John F. Kennedy.

The play, “Lee Harvey Oswald: A Far Mean Streak of Indepence Brought on by Negleck,” follows the unsettled, drifting life of Oswald through the eyes of his wife, mother and the Warren Commission’s report.

“This will be a peek into the personal life of Lee Harvey Oswald and how his family reacted to his actions,” said Bradley Nies, Brenham Campus Theatre Director. 

Shows begin at 7 p.m. Feb. 23-25 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, in the Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts (map). Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students with ID. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.blinn.edu/boxoffice, by calling 979-830-4024, or by emailing BoxOffice@blinn.edu.

The play is a character study of Oswald, his wife, and his mother. Through flashbacks, the work depicts the life of Lee Harvey Oswald, his loveless marriage to Marina Oswald, and his dysfunctional relationship with his mother, Marguerite Oswald.

“This play is an in-depth study that allows the audience to see how someone as inconspicuous as Lee Harvey Oswald was able to assassinate the president and change the 1960s in America,” Nies said.

Nies will direct the play, Kevin Patrick will oversee the technical direction, and Jennifer Patrick will oversee costume, makeup, and hair design.

This play will be an entry in the 2017 Texas Community College Speech and Theatre Association Play Festival. The TCCSTA Play Festival is designed to promote educational theatre at the community college level.

The play is part of Blinn’s 50th anniversary theatre season, which includes three plays with connections to the 1960s. The season began in September with “The Odd Couple,” followed by “Jungalbook” in October and “Glitter and Gold! 50 Years of Theatre” in November.

The season’s final performance will be the annual Theatre Arts Student Showcase, in which students present the acting and technical skills that they have acquired throughout the course of the year. This performance will take place on April 20-21 at 7 p.m. in the O’Donnell Center’s MRW Studio Theater.