Thursday, June 12, 2008
I couldn't help myself when Deanna Dunagan shouted out for the Odessa Globe Theatre
At Tuesday's Theatre World Awards, Deanna Dunagan talked about her picture being published in the 1974 Theatre World Book for a production of a Shakespeare play that she did at the Globe Theatre on the campus of Odessa College in West Texas. I may be one of the few people outside of West Texas who knows about the Globe. It's an authentic replica of the real Globe Theatre that was built in London in 1598. In 1948, the Odessa High School Shakespeare Club decided that they needed their own Globe and so it was born. It's officially known as The Globe Theatre of the Great Southwest and productions finally began twenty years later in 1968. I saw my first Shakespeare there when I was twelve years old. It was The Tempest and it was absolutely wonderful. I can still see the actors running around us and through the aisles. So when Deanna shouted out the Globe, I simply couldn't help myself. I was the only dope who applauded in the house. It was involuntary of course! The word "Odessa" isn't said very often in this part of the world unless you're in Brighton Beach and it's a reference to the Odessa in Russia. But, Deanna laughed, "Oh you know it!" You bet I do.