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July 29th, 2014 | Posted by Tyrrell in Upcoming Shows - (0 Comments)

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The next production from Trebuchet Players is a doozy of Shakespearean adaptation.

Act I: The world premiere of Waiting for Othello, a short play by Houston’s own Bryan Maynard.

Act II: Award-winning playwright Paula Vogel’s Desdemona, A Play About a Handkerchief.

Running September 5-20 at The Company OnStage, 536 Westbury Square, Houston, TX, 77035

Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. + Sunday, September 14, at 3 p.m., and Thursday, September 18, at 8 p.m.

To make a reservation, e-mail tyrrell@trebuchetplayers.org with your name and then number of tickets required. We accept cash and cards. (Checks can be done, but we prefer to avoid them.)


March 3rd, 2014 | Posted by Tyrrell in Auditions - (0 Comments)

Coming up next for Trebuchet Players is Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief by Paula Vogel.

Auditions will be July 7 and rehearsals begin July 21.

This show will run from September 5-20 at The Company Onstage.

Join Trebuchet Players for a reading of this hilariously filthy, brilliantly irreverent, new play by Christopher Buehlman, author of Those Across the River, Between Two FiresThe Necromancer’s House, and renowned at Renaissance festivals as Christophe the Insultor.

This play depicts the last Christmas Eve and Day that Christopher Marlowe, poet, spent alive. For now, let it suffice to say that he wasn’t in church. Also, leave the kids at home for this one. :O)

Enjoy some delightful refreshments (e.g., various comestibles and beverages, including beer, wine, soda, and maybe even a wassail bowl!) as we regale you. Sacrilege, poetry, and buggery abound!

Tickets: only $5!! E-mail tyrrell@trebuchetplayers.org or call 318-423-0281 to make reservations.

Scott McWhirter as Kit Marlowe
Molly Searcy as Thomas Nashe
Bryan Maynard as Sir Walter Raleigh and the Devil
Jackie Pender-Lovell as Puritan
David Clayborn as Rent-Boy and an Angel
Ruth S McCleskey as Woman and Queen
Bob Galley as Helper and Neddy
Megan Nix reading stage directions like a boss

Christopher Marlowe Much Ado About Something

We are currently taking reservations for our upcoming production of HAMLET!

Where: Obsidian Art Space, 3522 White Oak Dr., Houston, TX, 77007 (in the Heights between Studemont and Heights Blvd.)

– Friday, 11/29, 8 p.m.
– Saturday, 11/30, 8 p.m.
– Friday, 12/6, 8 p.m.
– Saturday, 12/7, 8 p.m.
– Sunday, 12/8, 3 p.m.
– Thursday, 12/12, 8 p.m.
– Friday, 12/13, 8 p.m.
– Saturday, 12/14, 8 p.m.

All shows are at 8 p.m. except the Sunday matinee on 12/8, which starts at 3.

How to reserve tickets:
– E-mail tyrrell@trebuchetplayers.org
– Call (318) 423-0281

We’ll need your name, the number of tickets requested, and the date of the reservation.

Payment can be made at the door or through our website — click the “Contribute” tab to access our PayPal button.

Announcing the cast of HAMLET!

September 6th, 2013 | Posted by Tyrrell in Auditions - (0 Comments)

Announcing the cast of William Shakespeare’s HAMLET, produced by Trebuchet Players and running Nov. 29-Dec. 14 at Obsidian Art Space:

Hamlet, prince of Denmark – Aaron Echegaray
Claudius – Jonathan Gonzalez
Gertrude – Cheryl Tanner
Polonius – Michael Raabe
Ophelia – Clarity Welch
Laertes – Sarah Heddins
Horatio – Taylor Wildman
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern – Chelsea Curto & Sam Martinez

The Players:
Alicia Cox
Wade Gonsoulin
Callina Situka
Julie Oliver
Helen Rios
Jackie Pender-Lovell
Bob Galley
David Lege

Break your legs, you beautiful, shiny, Shakespearean Steampunk circus troupe!

Audition dates are set for HAMLET!

July 8th, 2013 | Posted by Tyrrell in Auditions - (0 Comments)

Auditions for Hamlet are next month; click the “Auditions” tab to get more info!

The bard turns 449 next month, and we of Trebuchet Players say a party is imperative!

Oh yeah, AND — we need moneys for our November production of _Hamlet_, directed by Kathy Drum and starring Aaron Echegaray in the title role.

So join us on Saturday, 20 April, for a Steampunk Circus celebration!

THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR ADMISSION. There will, however, be plenty of opportunities inside if you care to donate to our thespianic cause.

The evening’s attractions include:
– food and drink,
– a silent auction,
– fortune-telling,
– an exhibition of stage combat,
– music,
– magic,
– bellydancing,
– and the main event, a Shakespearean Monologue Competition starring renowned local actors Brian Heaton, Raymond Deeb, Travis Koneschik, David Rainey, Tom Stell, Matt Zipko, John Mitsakis, John Zipay, Leighza Walker, Samantha Walker, Rebecca Bernstein, Holly Wilkison, Elyse Freeman, Anna Julia, Clarity Welch, Karen Schlag, and more!

**There is still time to sign up for the monologue contest. If you are interested in competing, please send an e-mail to tyrrell@trebuchetplayres.org.**


March 15th, 2012 | Posted by Tyrrell in Auditions - (0 Comments)

Coming in 2013:

William Shakespeare’s


Prince of Denmark

directed by Kathy Drum (!!!)

more details coming soon


Below is last year’s announcement for TandC.


Trebuchet Players


William Shakespeare’s

Troilus and Cressida
Directed by

Tyrrell Woolbert and Jim Cook


Honor, kingship, faith, and love – each has emerged in human societies all over the planet as a source of cohesion, binding people’s lives together, and each is thoroughly deconstructed in William Shakespeare’s seldom-produced Trojan War tragicomedy, Troilus and Cressida.

Trebuchet Players will perform the play July 20-21 and 27-28 (with a preview performance on July 19) at Super Happy Fun Land, a visually stimulating, bohemian venue just east of downtown Houston, at 3801 Polk St.

Troilus and Cressida, as the prologue explains, “leaps o’er the vaunt and firstlings” of the Trojan War, “beginning in the middle,” seven years into the Grecians’ siege of Troy.  All the expected characters are present: Agamemnon, Ulysses, Menelaus, Achilles, Ajax, Hector, Paris, Helen, etc.  At the dramatic forefront is the turbulent relationship between the title characters, two Trojan lovers who, despite a profound and mutual attraction, have hitherto failed at consummation.  Facilitating their eventual “deal-sealing” is Cressida’s uncle Pandarus, a smooth-talking broker-between who has assumed a paternal role toward both the youngsters; in a tragic twist, however, the lovers learn almost immediately that Cressida has been traded to the enemy in exchange for the return of a Trojan warrior.  Their dreams’ crumbling is mirrored by other disillusionments throughout the play: honorable rules of war, confidence in monarchical authority, and even faith in the gods all become inaccessible.

The plot might lend itself to the category of “tragedy” if it weren’t for the hilariously ironic tone in which much of it is colored.  Scholars often read strikingly modern, even existential, themes in Troilus and Cressida.  Indeed, if there is a moral or philosophical prescription to be discovered, it is that humanity has an imperative to embrace and even find humor in the absence of any ultimate “meaning” or meta-narrative in our lives.

Trebuchet Players’ founding members Tyrrell Woolbert and Jim Cook are co-directing and appearing in the production.

According to Woolbert, “Our primary goal is to remind anyone who’s forgotten why we study this material in school.  It isn’t merely to observe the use of meter or learn Elizabethan vocabulary.  We want to emphasize the continuous relevancy of the themes and social/philosophical concerns so prevalent in this somewhat obscure work by the bard.”

The dramatic action of Troilus and Cressida will be introduced, punctuated, and concluded by live rock-and-roll, an original score inspired by the stylings of Queen and Holst.  The audience can also expect direct interaction between them and the players, as several characters make a point of reaching across the fourth wall to translate or comment on the action.


Super Happy Fun Land

3801 Polk St.

July 20-28, 2012

Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.


General Admission: $15

Students/Seniors: $10

*Preview on July 19: $5

 Tickets available at the door, by phone (832-308-0881), or by e-mail (tyrrell@trebuchetplayers.org).

Performance Dates and Times

Preview: Thursday, July 19 @ 8 p.m.

Friday, July 20 @  8 p.m.

Saturday, July 21 @ 8 p.m.

Friday, July 27 @ 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 28 @ 8 p.m.


Tyrrell Woolbert