Texas Tech University

School of Theatre & Dance Hosts Final WildWind Public Readings

Amanda Castro-Crist

June 26, 2018

The final readings of the summer performance lab will include four new plays from visiting artists and Texas Tech University students.


WHAT: Final set of 2018 WildWind Performance Lab public readings


  • Wednesday (June 27)
    • 2:30 p.m.: “Shame On Me”

  • Thursday (June 28)
    • 2:30 p.m.: “Of Beauty Queens and Childhood Dreams”

  • Friday (June 29)
    • 2:30 p.m.: “Rita También Rita”
    • 7 p.m.: “The Hat”

WHERECharles E. Maedgen, Jr. Lab Theatre, 2812 18th St.

EVENT: The Texas Tech University School of Theatre & Dance, housed within the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts, will host the final set of public readings of the 2018 WildWind Performance Lab. Four plays are featured in this final set of readings:

  • “Shame On Me,” a play from Texas Tech playwright and graduate student Dillon Rouse, is set at a bar in Lubbock, Texas, and follows the story of Ryan, a newly hired employee of The Lost Pick, who is caught in the middle of a dispute between the owner and his long-forgotten sister. As Ryan becomes involved with the dispute, he begins to uncover secrets, stories and a tragedy the employees of The Lost Pick have a hard time letting go.
  • “Of Beauty Queens and Childhood Dreams,” a play from Texas Tech playwright and graduate student Michelle Benson, is set in 1932's Hollywood and follows Emma Jane, a young woman who wins the prize of a lifetime, a contract to a Hollywood studio. In her journey to success, she finds that she is more important than her dreams.
  • “Rita También Rita,” a play from guest artist and playwright Tony Meneses, focuses on Rita Hayworth, the glamorous Hollywood icon celebrated for her beauty and elegance. Hayworth was the face of an all-American star, but she also was a Latina woman forced to rid herself of that identity and lose herself entirely within the expectations of what and who she was supposed to be. The play explores the various refractions of all the Ritas she became and the confrontations between herself and the part of herself she thought she lost.
  • “The Hat” is a play from guest artist and playwright Emily Feldman. In the wake of a national news cycle addressing the abuse of women, the play is a project investigating fear, gender, sports and the role of mentorship in shaping a young woman's experience of dread and her growing understanding of her own power. The play is in the earliest stages of development, with work during the WildWind Performance Lab probing themes and generating brand new material through group exercises and conversations.

The readings are free and open to the public.