Tyler Junior College theater opens season with original production ‘Olive Press’

Published on Thursday, 21 September 2017 12:55 - Written by

ELISE MULLINIX, TJC Communications

Theatre TJC begins its season with an original play written and directed by Tyler Junior College theater professor Dr. David W. Crawford.

“The Olive Press: The Gethsemane Event” is a story based on a sermon by 18th century theologian Charles Spurgeon.

“The evening before the crucifixion, Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane,” Crawford said. “What happened there? We have an outline, but Jesus suffered what some theologians say what was far worse than the cross. ‘The Olive Press,’ a transliteration of Gethsemane, explores that event.”

The production runs 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday in Jean Browne Theatre in Wise Cultural Arts Center on campus.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and free with a TJC ID. The Box Office opens Wednesday. Box office hours are from noon to 6 p.m. weekdays through the run of the show. For reservations, call 903-510-2212.

The cast includes Isaak Stafford, of Tyler, as Jesus; Ashton Eichelman, of Harmony, as Satan; J.W. McFarland, of Bullard, as Peter; Levi Hawkins, of Hughes Springs, as James; Joseph Herrera, of Katy, as John and Sean-Riley Cunningham, of Tyler, as The Angel Gabriel.

Assistant directors are Carson Moreland of Hughes Springs and Stone French of Whitehouse. Stage manager is Brittany Puente of Dallas.

Coming to TJC

-- “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” Oct. 25-28 and 31, in Jean Browne Theatre

-- “Circle Mirror Transformation,” Nov. 15-18, in Jean Browne Theatre

-- “In the Heights,” Feb. 21-24, 2018, in Wise Auditorium

-- “Hamlet,” April 25-28, 2018, in Jean Browne Theatre

More information

For more on TJC cultural arts events, go to  www.tjc.edu/PerformingArts .