The Trinity River Plays

January 15 – February 20, 2011 In the Albert
Approximate running time: 3 hours and 10 minutes

A world premiere

Jar Fly, Rain and Ghoststory create this intimate and compelling performance of three timeless works—a moving exploration of family loyalty and betrayal.

In Jar Fly, a teenaged Iris Spears teeters on the brink of maturity when an event shatters her innocence—and changes her life forever. In Rain, a 34-year-old Iris flees a collapsing marriage to return home to Texas and the comfort of her mother's embrace, only to find that the once-solid ground has shifted beneath her feet. And in Ghoststory, a surprise visit from her estranged husband forces Iris to confront the past and the ghosts that have continued to haunt her. The trilogy is inspired by the rhythm of the cicada—a part of Iris' young life in the south—the insect that emerges every 17 years to take wing.

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    Iris (Karen Aldridge) reads some of her writing on her 17th birthday.

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    Rose (Penny Johnson Jerald) looks down from her Pecan Tree in the back of her yard.

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    (l to r) Iris (Karen Aldridge) and Daisy (Jacqueline Williams) prepare dinner while Frank (Jefferson A. Russell) and Jack (Samuel Ray Gates) get acquainted in the yard.

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    Jasmine (Christiana Clark) dreams of moving to New York City and becoming a famous dancer/choreographer.

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    (l to r) Daisy (Jacqueline Williams) wishes her niece Iris (Karen Aldridge) a happy 17th birthday, reminding her to cherish her youth.

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    Iris (Karen Aldridge) gets a lesson in beauty from her cousin Jasmine (Christiana Clark).

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    Jack (Samuel Ray Gates) comes over to thank Iris (Karen Aldridge) for helping him with his schoolwork.

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    Iris (Karen Aldridge) gets a laugh from her Uncle, Ray Earl, (Jefferson A. Russell).

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    Iris (Karen Aldridge) uses her writing as a way to escape from the reality of her everyday life.

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    (l to r) Iris (Karen Aldridge), Daisy (Jacqueline Williams), Ray Earl (Jefferson A Russell) and Jasmine (Christiana Clark) prepare for their morning breakfast.

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    (l to r) Jasmine (Christiana Clark) and Iris (Karen Aldridge) reminisce about their past.

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    Daisy (Jacqueline Williams) tries to understand her niece while coping with her sister's illness.

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    Iris (Karen Aldridge) (center couch) returns home to find nothing has changed in the past 17 years as (l to r) Daisy (Jacqueline Williams), Rose (Penny Johnson Jerald) and Jasmine (Christiana Clark) dance around the house.

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    Jasmine (Christiana Clark) and Iris (Karen Aldridge) find a moment of understanding between the two of them.

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    Iris (Karen Aldridge) comforts her mother Rose (Penny Johnson Jerald) as they sing songs from their past.

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    Jasmine (Christiana Clark) and Daisy (Jacqueline Williams) hold on to Iris (Karen Aldridge) as she succumbs to her feelings.

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    (l to r) Iris (Karen Aldridge) tries to hold on to her mother Rose (Penny Johnson Jerald) for as long as possible.

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    Frank (Jefferson A. Russell) makes a surprise visit to see Iris at her Texas home.

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    Iris (Karen Aldridge) is reacquainted with her high school crush Frank (Samuel Ray Gates).

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    l to r) Iris (Karen Aldridge) listens as Daisy (Jacqueline Williams) revisits her past relationships.

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    (back l to r) Daisy (Jacqueline Williams), Rose (Penny Johnson Jerald) and Iris (Karen Aldridge) watch as (l to r) Jack (Samuel Ray Gates) and Frank (Jefferson A. Russell) play a game of basketball.

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