Craig Wright's nostalgia play The Pavilion opens Stages Repertory Theatre's newly named John and Jean Yeager Theatre Oct. 5. Directed by Rob Bundy, The Pavilion plays through Oct. 28.
The Pavilion is a place former sweethearts Peter and Kari remember from their high school years when they were named "Cutest Senior Couple." Returning to their small Minnesotan hometown for a 20 year reunion party, they find themselves again at the pavilion, looking back on the past, while realizing how far the present is from what they had dreamed for themselves. Wright is also the author of Molly's Delicious and a Christian minister.
Anne Quackenbush is Kari with Brian Byrnes as Peter. Philip Lehl (Titanic, Blood Brothers) is the narrator.
Designing The Pavilion are Kirk Markley (sets), Kyle Pearson (lighting), Ken Donaldson (sound), Jodi Bobrovsky (props) and Brooks Ashley (costumes). Debs Ramser is the production stage manager.
The John and Jean Yeager Theatre will be dedicated before the Oct. 5 opening night performance. The 170-seat thrust space at the Houston Center for the Arts is named for the two longtime Stages Rep board members, who have served the company since 1993. John was president of the board of directors from 1995-96 and both he and Jean were honored at the 1996 Stages gala. Tickets to The Pavilion are $19-$42. Stages Repertory Theatre is located at 3201 Allen Parkway at Waugh Drive. For reservations, call (713) 527 8243. Stages Repertory Theatre is on the web at http://www.stagestheatre.com.
— By Christine Ehren