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
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.”
Productions in the 2014-2015 season:
5-7, 12-14 at 7:30pm and February 15 at 2:00pm
19-21, 26-28 at 7:30pm and March 29 at 2:00pm
for general admission into a musical are $10, for military/senior/student are
$7, and for HSU faculty/staff/students are $5.
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