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SEASON 4 | 2019–2020

Aaron Joseph Herrera as Soren & Adina Owen as Shirley-Diane in The Dead Eye Boy. PHOTO BY GARY GRIFFIN

WRITTEN BY Angus MacLachlan
DIRECTED BY Bonnie Hewett

FEB 21 ‒ MARCH 7, 2020

MATCH | Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston

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RUNTIME: 2 hrs (including one, 15-minute intermission)

Shirley-Diane sees her teenage son, Soren, as a painful reminder of her past. Her ex-con boyfriend, Billy, sees Soren as a reflection of his own childhood. As Billy tries to help the troubled boy, the dysfunction of hard-core addiction and manipulation blur the lines of control and love between the three. The Dead Eye Boy playwright, Angus MacLachlan is the award-winning screenwriter of the critically acclaimed film Junebug.

The Story

The Reason

MALINDA L. BECKHAM, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

When I begin the process of selecting plays for our season, I look for works that leave a lasting impression on the mind, heart, and soul. The Dead Eye Boy, which was suggested to me by longtime Dirt Dog, Kevin Daugherty, is such a play. I have personally witnessed these situations, lived with these people, and escaped this environment. Throughout this production, I have been reminded that good people get trapped and abandoned in bad environments, left teetering on the edge, not sure how to change their own circumstances. They are in dark places where they struggle with their own shortcomings, battle their own demons, and oppose good intentions that would compromise their dysfunctional comfort. This oft-overlooked segment of society, hidden in the fringe, can get stuck in a cycle of abuse, both to themselves and to those they love, without intervention. Unless the cycle is broken, many more will fall. Any of us could have been born into the family that Soren was, or been dealt crippling blows that forever changed the course of life, as in Shirley-Diane’s case. Each of us could be one bad hand away from despair, if not already existing in it. We do the best that we can.

star-solid
star-solid

“Raw. Real. Riveting Theatre.”

Photos by Gary Griffin

The Reviews

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It’s remarkably tough to portray easy going with any kind of natural flow, but Giffen’s brand is not only spot on, it's also alluring to watch.

Owen plays her [Shirley-Diane] with palpable toughness, explosive anger and overt sexuality.

The Promotion

MEET THE CAST

Melody Gray of Houston Drama Club interviews Artistic Director Malinda L. Beckham, Director Bonnie Hewett and actress Adina Owen.

HOUSTON DRAMA CLUB PODCAST

Download: 2020_0215 Dead Eye Boy.mp3

The Reaction

This is one of the most bruising, blistering nights I have ever spent in the theatre. Paradoxically, it is also one of the most exhilarating.

This play was amazing. The acting was spectacular and the story exquisitely disturbing. Don’t miss it!

...the whole experience was a 10.

...delivers a powerful punch that will impact a person's soul...

Wow, this is a helluva fantastic play...LONG LIVE DIRT DOGS!!!

...intense and unpredictable, with scorching performances all around.

The Dead Eye Boy Team

CAST

Bill Giffen

Billy

Aaron Joseph Herrera

Soren

Adina Owen

Shirley-Diane

CREATIVE TEAM

Bonnie Hewett

Director

Malinda L. Beckham

Scenic & Costume Design

John Baker

Scenic & Lighting Design

Mark Lewis

Sound Design

John Patterson

Fight Choreographer

Gary Griffin

Photographer

Holly Vogt Wilkison

Lobby Artist

CREW

Barbara Alicea-Aponte

Production Stage Manager

Josh Arvizo

Sound & Light Board Operator

Ananka Kohnitz

Stagehand

Brandon Lopez

Stagehand