Guest Artist Workshop Performance: Contradiction of the Southern Soul
Written by Sally Mayes
Directed by UH alumnus Brett Cullen
Music by Sally Mayes, Tex Arnold, Alex Rybeck and Ethan Fein
Orchestration by Cooper Baldwin
The School of Theatre & Dance is excited to announce a special guest artist residency and workshop performance with actress, singer and Tony Award nominee Sally Mayes.
Growing up in East Texas gave Mayes many things — a love for music of all kinds, a high tolerance for extremely spicy food and an appreciation for all things odd and quirky. Most of all, it gave her a bone-deep love for a people that are frequently caricatured but not often understood, and a longing to tell their stories in all of their complicated messiness.
Described as a memory play with music, “Contradiction of the Southern Soul” tells the story of an actress returning to her East Texas hometown in the wake of a family tragedy to make peace with the past and accept the future.
“I say it’s a show about looking back in order to be able to move forward. It’s a love letter to my family and the colorful people who formed me, this place and these people made me who I am.” – Sally Mayes
All ticket sales support School of Theatre & Dance scholarships.