LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Students from the School of Theatre and Dance at Texas Tech University are bringing theatre and art to the clients of Grace Campus, a transitional shelter for homeless people in Lubbock.
It’s a collaboration between students at Texas Tech University, Hearing the Homeless, BLNKA and Grace Campus. They came together to spotlight the need that Grace Campus is satisfying and help them by providing visibility and resources.
Alec Lee Williams is working toward his Master of Fine Arts at Texas Tech University. He’s passionate about meeting needs in his community.
“This is something that I personally am very passionate about and it inspires me as an artist to work with community organizations like Grace Campus."
“People sometimes get into hard positions and difficult positions, and sometimes we need a hand. And, Grace Campus has been that hand for these individuals, and we want to be the artistic hand even further, trying to assist them with that,” Williams said.
All proceeds from the play go directly back to Grace Campus, which is privately funded and relies on community partners to stay open.
Chris Moore, the Executive Director of Grace Campus, said they love it any time someone is willing to talk about Grace Campus and the wonderful people they help.
The play is The Hairy Ape by Eugene O’Neill, which asks questions about what it means to belong in the world.
“I read through the script, it’s a really cool play. It’s going to be amazing. I think we are going to have quite a few people out here who can relate," O’Neill said.
Williams’ hope is for more people to learn about Grace Campus.
“More arts individuals know about it and the possibilities of collaboration and how we can use our art to directly affect people in the community,” Williams said.
He also hopes to provide a sense of normalcy for the residents of Grace Campus, who do not often get the opportunity to see or appreciate the arts.
“People here at Grace Campus for the most part don’t have the means to do that, so just the fact that people would be wanting to bring that out here, not for just the community, but for our clients as well, it’s beautiful and I think they’re going to absolutely love it," Moore said.
The play will run from May 17 to May 24.
You can purchase tickets for $20 at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4078741