FW: Leaving San Jacinto - Play
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The Houston Masonic Library & Museum Foundation are producing a play entitled LEAVING SAN JACINTO ...
It will be performed at the Country Playhouse, 12802 Queensbury Lane, Houston, Texas on the following dates / times ...
Thur., Feb. 28th - 7:30 p.m.
Fri. & Sat., Mar 1st & 2nd - 8:00 p.m.
Sun., Mar 3rd - 2:00 p.m.
Website to order tickets ....
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PLAY INFORMATION ....
TIME & PLACE: The play is set in early May 1836, on the open deck of the side-paddle-wheel steamboat Yellow Stone, that is ready to take off from a rural landing, and head south down the winding San Jacinto River toward Galveston Bay.
CONCEPT: The Houston Masonic Library & Museum Foundation became interested in producing a play involving three prominent Freemasons who played significant roles in the winning of Texas Independence.
The last shots have fired, but the battle for the soul of Texas has just begun. Aboard the steamship Yellow Stone sits the captured Mexican dictator and self-proclaimed "Napoleon of the West," Santa Anna. Defeated at the Battle of San Jacinto and taken prisoner only days earlier, Santa Anna, with the blood of Goliad and the Alamo fresh on his hands, has every reason to fear for his life.
Sam Houston, the badly wounded hero of the battle is compelled by the ship's captain to get medical attention in New Orleans. They will not depart without him. Thus the general finds himself accompanying his defeated foe for the short voyage to Galveston and knows he may be the only one standing between Santa Anna and an unceremonious execution.
But as the paddle wheels begin to churn the murky waters, a third man walks the deck and guards the prisoner. Lorenzo De Zavala, once a compatriot of Santa Anna but angered by his cruel dictatorship, is fiercely loyal to the Texas cause. The former Mexican diplomat is now vice-president of this new republic and unexpectedly becomes a bridge between the two men.
Leaving San Jacinto paints a vivid dramatized account of the birth of the Republic of Texas. How would history -- and legend -- portray the three men at its center? Would vengeance have its day? Would politics ignite a new revolution? Or would an underlying fraternal bond guide these three passengers of the Yellow Stone?
Lynna Kay Shuffield - P. O. Box 16604 - Houston, Texas 77222 ~~