The Hairy Ape by Eugene O’Neill to Bring Together Local Artists and Benefit Grace Campus

The Hairy Ape by Eugene O’Neill to Bring Together Local Artists and Benefit Grace Campus
Provided by Grace Campus

Provided by Grace Campus

Students from the School of Theatre and Dance at Texas Tech University, Hearing the Homeless, leaders from Grace Campus, and artists with BLNKA are banding together to bring theatre and art to the clients of Grace Campus. Performing May 17th through May 26th at Grace Campus, 1301 Avenue A, the collaborators behind The Hairy Ape hope to provide visibility and resources to the nonprofit, which serves as a transitional shelter for homeless individuals in Lubbock.

"We have an opportunity to directly affect the lives of the individuals at Grace Campus. My colleagues and I are passionately working to spotlight the need that Grace Campus is satisfying and serve them in every way possible with this classic play," explains Alec Lee Williams, Producer of The Hairy Ape by Eugene O'Neill.

Whether in a transitional capacity, due to unfortunate and unforeseen circumstances like a house fire, or due to chronic issues, Grace Campus gives the homeless of Lubbock a place to rebuild their lives. The campus has small homes with beds, men and women's restrooms with toilets and showers, laundry facilities, and a large barn which allows people a place to engage in community activities. While these resources build a much higher quality of life for the clients, there is always a need for food, upkeep costs, and material items to maintain these facilities.

"This production will not only benefit the homeless coming through our gates seeking shelter, but demonstrate how the Lubbock community can support those in need. Our Board believes that we truly make the greatest impact in the lives of others when we work together," Says Chris Moore, Executive Director of Grace Campus.

The Hairy Ape is a 1922 expressionist play by American playwright Eugene O'Neill, depicting a beastly laborer known as Yank who searches for a sense of belonging in a world controlled by the rich. The classic O'Neill play investigates identity by an alienating society and serves as a spiritual search in a rapidly-industrialized and technological world.

The mission of Grace Campus is to inspire hope, instill value, and equip the homeless in the community. It is their desire to not only provide temporary shelter for the homeless in Lubbock, but to also come alongside these individuals helping them realize their potential and ability to live an independent life that positively contributes to society.

All ticket sales will benefit Grace Campus directly. More information about Grace Campus and their material needs can be found at www.gracecampus.org, for more information on The Hairy Ape and tickets visit bit.ly/HAGRACE, more information about BLNKA can be found at https://blnka.org/, more information about Hearing the Homeless can be found at https://www.facebook.com/HearingTheHomelessNonProfit/, and more information about Alec Lee Williams can be found at www.alecleewilliams.com.

Who: Grace Campus, BLNKA, Hearing the Homeless, and School of Theatre and Dance students from Texas Tech University with the assistance of other local arts nonprofit organizations

What: The Hairy Ape by Eugene O’ Neill

When: Friday, May 17th and 24th at 8:00 PM, Saturday, May 18th and 25th at 8:00 PM, and Sunday, May 19th and 26th at 2:00 PM with the possible addition of a third weekend

Where: Grace Campus | 1301 Avenue A Lubbock, Texas

Why: Ticket sales directly benefit Grace Campus, a transitional homeless shelter in Lubbock, Texas

How: Tickets can be purchased at bit.ly/HAGRACE

How Much: $20 per ticket. Arrangements can be made pending financial difficulties.