The Prophet Darla Comes to a close on the Van Ellis Stage of Hardin-Simmons University

HSU Alum returns to the campus with an original play, performed by the theater department


 November 16 brought the end of The Prophet Darla’s performance at Hardin-Simmons University. 

The Prophet Darla was written by Jared Strange a Hardin-Simmons University alum himself now working at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. He said about writing the play, “I embraced an opportunity to explore the trials and triumphs of life as a Christian in America,”  

The Prophet Darla by Jared Strange: Little Babylon, Texas is rocked when the local drug store clerk is deemed a prophet with the power to heal. As the eccentric locals stream in to get a closer look, we may even catch a glimpse of ourselves. Or at the very least, we may ponder, “Who actually profits from a prophet?” Reagan Dyer a sophomore Acting major from Evant, Texas says about the play, “I learned a lot of stuff about the old testament and different prophets that I never even realized before.”  

The Prophet Darla is directed by Victoria Spangler professor and Artistic Director of Van Ellis Theater. The cast boasts only 6 members who all play multiple roles, except Darla, who never changes role. And the cast list includes Courtney Mentzel as Darla, Branden Loera, Mackenzie Coffey, Braiden Fisher, Sam Cress, and Reagan Dyer all in various parts and personas.  

Reagan goes on to say, “Playing several different characters was difficult because each one has their own voice, mannerisms, and story. So I had to actually become them, and change not just my physical appearance, but my mental focus as well.”  

Other Productions in the 2014-2015 season:

Hay Fever

February 5-7, 12-14 at 7:30pm and February 15 at 2:00pm 


March 19-21, 26-28 at 7:30pm and March 29 at 2:00pm 

Tickets for general admission into a musical are $10, for military/senior/student are $7, and for HSU faculty/staff/students are $5. 

DirectFEST 2015 

April 23-25 at 7:30pm   

All tickets for general admissions are $8, for military/seniors/students are $5, and for HSU faculty/staff/students are free.

For more information about the HSU theater department visit


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