By Rachel Judy
August 21, 2015
The Americana Theatre Company
Photo courtesy of The Americana Theatre Company
Wrapping up its debut season in Plymouth, Mass., the Americana Theatre Company is already receiving rave reviews. The brainchild of Regent University theatre instructor Derek Martin '09 (Communication & the Arts), the company's summer season featured two shows, Private Lives and And Sarah Laughed.
Martin, a native of the South Shore area of Massachusetts, had been planning to start a theatre company there for years and, with the support of his wife, Jennifer '08 (Com/Arts), a recruitment associate in the School of Communication & the Arts, and several other Regent alumni, plans came together this year.
"We are a company that values good storytelling, good people, positive values and honoring our American heritage," Jennifer—who serves as the company's associate artistic director—said. "What better place to do that than Plymouth, Mass.: 'America's Hometown'?"
From June 24 - July 9, the group performed in three different venues. Regent alumni Hannah Hughes '11 (Com/Arts) and Andy Geffken '11 (Com/Arts) both had starring roles in this summer's performances.
Hughes played one of the lead roles in And Sarah Laughed, which was written by Com/Arts professor Gil Elvgren. The play is a comedic telling of the story of Abraham's wife Sarah. "Audiences raved about the excellent writing, clever and touching music, and the talented performers," Jennifer said.
Geffken starred in Private Lives, along with his wife, Erica, and both Derek and Jennifer. The play tells the story of a divorced couple who encounter their exes during their honeymoon. Michael Hill-Kirkland, a Com/Arts professor, directed the show. "One patron said, 'This production is the highest quality performance we have seen in the area,'" Jennifer said. "We were thrilled to have such an excellent start."