Elaine and I are so happy to welcome Divergent Theater as a local sponsor to our LTYM Southeast Texas family.
Divergent Theater aims to create theatrical works for the benefit of the community, with an emphasis on plays and readings that highlight women’s experiences. Divergent Theater also offers educational acting workshops for children, teens and adults, as well as interesting plays that cover the range of human experience.
“While women’s issues are our emphasis, Divergent’s overriding mission is to enrich and elevate the theatrical opportunities in Southeast Texas,” founder Ramona Young says.
Divergent has presented several plays in various locations around Beaumont. In September, the troupe presented “Gab Fest,” a collection of monologues gathered from a variety of sources, including some by local authors. They presented “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” a reader’s theater by Nora and Delia Ephron, which played to standing-room only audiences. Another popular show was “Motherhood Out Loud,” which was centered on stories about mothers told from the perspective of mothers, daughters and sons.
“Reader’s theaters are a great form of storytelling,” Young says. “They are a great way to introduce people who would not normally come to a show to the excitement of theater. Also, it allows us to cast people who want to try acting but are hesitant to commit to a full show. We have uncovered several really talented actors this way.”
In November, Divergent brought award-winning Los Angeles-based playwright Chambers Stevens’ show, “My Dirty Little Secret” to Beaumont. Stevens was on hand to lead the actors, and he also held workshops on the skills required to audition for television shows and commercials.
Most recently, Divergent Theater presented Itamar Moses “Love/Stories,” a modern collection of short plays about love and theater. Young also co-hosted the Symophony of Southeast Texas’ pops concert.
Divergent Theater will present the play “Birth,” a play by Karen Brody, May 15 and 16 at the Logon Café, with proceeds benefiting the Whole Mothering Center.
Divergent Theater hopes to have a permanent space within the next couple of years, which will allow them to expand the opportunities for local actresses.
We are also happy to announce that founder and artistic director Ramona Young has been named emcee for the 2015 “Listen To Your Mother” event.
“Women have a wealth of knowledge and experiences that need to be spotlighted,” Young says. “Events like ‘Listen To Your Mother’ are important to educate and, above all, entertain. This is such a great concept,” she says. “It is a natural fit for Divergent’s commitment to women’s stories and experiences.
“It is really important that we spread the word about the transformative power of theater and storytelling. As a drama teacher and director, I have seen how kids and adults have found confidence and inspiration through theater.”
For information, visit Divergent Theater on Facebook, or visit www.DivergentTheater.com.
Tickets are on sale now for the show on May 9, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the Lamar University Theatre. Buy your ticket today to help support this wonderful organization.
We would like to thank our cast member Andy Coughlan for interviewing Ramona and writing this post.