“Leaving San Jacinto” by Diana Howie

TIME & PLACE: Early May 1836, on the open deck of the side-paddle-wheel steamboat Yellow Stone, that is ready to take off from a rural landing, and head south down the winding San Jacinto River toward Galveston Bay.

CONCEPT: The Houston Masonic Library & Museum Foundation became interested in producing a play involving three prominent Freemasons who played significant roles in the winning of Texas independence.

I looked for a particular time and place when these three might have been together, and discovered this fairly short boat trip. What happens here is imagined, but not improbable as the three great men were together aboard the Yellow Stone that day. The more improbable is that Houston and Santa Anna conversed directly; neither was known to be bilingual. 
Diana Howie

Playwright

Come enjoy this Houston Masonic Library & Museum play celebrating
Texas Independence Day 



Leaving San Jacinto by Diana Howie, is an original production debuting on the Country Playhouse’s main stage for four performances only.  Care has been taken for historical detail and you may leave with a new, and more accurate perspective into this moment in history.

May of 1836, the last shots have fired, but the battle for the soul of Texas has just begun. Aboard the steamboat “Yellow Stone” sits the captured Mexican president, Santa Anna. Defeated at the Battle of San Jacinto and taken prisoner only days earlier, Santa Anna, with the blood of Goliad and the Alamo fresh on his hands, has every reason to fear for his life.  Sam Houston, badly wounded in battle, knows he may be the only one standing between Santa Anna and an unceremonious execution.

But as the paddle wheels begin to churn, a third man walks the deck and guards the prisoner. Lorenzo de Zavala, once a compatriot of Santa Anna but angered by his claim as dictator, is now the first Vice President of the Republic and fiercely loyal to the Texas cause. Will it be the peaceful journey that Sam needs desperately, or will vengeance have its day?

 The cast includes Cameron Cooper as Sam Houston, with Scott McWhirter as Santa Anna and Daniel Perez Vertti as Lorenzo De Zavala.  The play is directed by Dianne K. Webb and The Lone Star Cowboys will provide historical Texas music.

The Country Playhouse is located at 12802 Queensbury, Houston 77024 (in Town & Country Village, across from CityCentre), just two blocks east of the Sam Houston Tollway.


Sponsorships

Leaving San Jacinto is the first installment in a series of plays celebrating Texas History.  This series brings alive our rich multicultural Texas history, underscores the integrity and character of our founders and sets the highest example for the coming generation of Texans.  Please consider sponsoring.  Proceeds benefit:
 

Care Coordination
Patient Transition Fund

Texas History Drama Series




  $500 Copper Sponsor Level
Honorable Mention in the Playbill
Two reserved executive seating tickets
Private cocktail reception to meet the playwright
$1,000 Bronze Sponsor Level
Honorable Mention in the Playbill
Four reserved executive seating tickets
Private cocktail reception to meet the playwright
  $2,500 Silver Sponsor Level
Honorable Mention in the Playbill
Six
reserved executive seating tickets
Private cocktail reception to meet the playwright
$5,000 Gold Sponsor Level
Honorable Mention in the Playbill
Eight
reserved executive seating tickets
Private cocktail reception to meet the playwright
Private limousine transportation

$10,000 Platinum Sponsor Level
Honorable Mention in the Playbill
Twelve
reserved executive seating tickets
Private cocktail reception to meet the playwright.
Private limousine transportation

Permanent Recognition on Houston Masonic Library Wall of Honor


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