On the eve of the state’s secession in 1861, Governor Sam Houston is torn between loyalty to Texas and loyalty to the United States. As he weighs the terrible choice he must make, certain of the devastating cost of either path, Houston tells of a time when he, and the Union itself, stood trial. The searing, world-premiere drama presents the true story involving some of America’s most famous leaders—Andrew Jackson, Francis Scott Key, and John Quincy Adams, among others—in one man’s struggle with what it means to be brave in the land of the free. The playwright uses the theatrical device of having the historical happenings told through the eyes of one who knew Sam Houston when he chose to tell the story through the recollections of Houston’s slave Jeff Hamilton, whom Governor Houston freed and employed as his office clerk. Particularly exciting is the dialogue in Houston’s own words meticulously researched from his recorded speeches, letters and contemporary written accounts.
On Monday evening April 30 at 6:15 we will gather at the Bush Institute of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the SMU Campus for a reception on the Bush Center Terrace, a seated dinner of Sam’s favorite fare in the Bush Center’s Hall of State, then retiring to the Bush Auditorium for the dramatization of a scene between Sam and Jeff Hamilton and a panel discussion critically analyzing the play.
The panel discussion, moderated by the play’s director Kevin Moriarty
, in his usual engaging and enlightening style, will feature a dream cast.
- Dr. Randolph “Mike” Campbell, Regents Professor of History, University of North Texas, and Chief Historian of the Texas State Historical Association; extensively published on Texas history, Sam Houston, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and slavery in Texas.
- John Crain, a Texas historian, vice chairman of the Texas Historical Commission, former president and lifetime member of the board of the Texas State Historical Association, and currently president of the Summerlee Foundation which supports the preservation of Texas history.
- Aaron Loeb, the playwright, author of prize-winning plays including Ideation, which played off Broadway.
- Charles Robinson, guest actor who plays Jeff Hamilton and has starred in over 40 movies (Hotel, Beowulf), TV movies (Buffalo Soldiers), and TV series (8 seasons as Mac Robinson in Night Court)
Valet parking will be available by the entrance to the Bush Institute on Bush Avenue just south of SMU Boulevard.
Seating for the dinner (including the dramatization and panel discussion) is limited to 200. An additional 150 seats are available in the auditorium for the for the 8:00-9:00 p.m. dramatization and the panel discussion. Tickets cannot be sold at the door due to security restrictions of the Bush Center.
Table and Ticket Purchasing
- A table for 10 at the Patron level for $2,500 and be recognized in the printed program and receive seating priority for the dinner and the panel discussion, and a signed copy of James L. Haley’s biography Sam Houston.
- A table for 10 at the Basic level for $1,000 and be recognized in the printed program.*
- Patron-level individual tickets to dinner and panel are $250 each.
- Basic-level individual tickets to dinner and panel are $100 each.*
- Tickets to the 8:00 to 9:00 dramatization and panel discussion only are $25 each.
*The number of $1,000 tables and $100 individual tickets is limited.
We invite your support for Salon 2018
by sponsoring one of more of the following components of the evening’s activity:
- $5,000 - Bush Center’s Hall of State, rental fee for the Dinner venue
- $5,000 - Bush Center’s Auditorium, rental fee for the Panel Discussion venue
- $5,000 - Three-course Seated Dinner
- $2,500 - Guest Reception on the Bush Center Terrace (weather permitting) or Cross Hall
- $1,500 - Speaker travel, accommodations and honoraria
- $1,500 - Valet concession fee for dinner guests and program guests
- $1,500 - Complimentary dinner tickets for program participants and special guests
- $1,000 - Dinner Table decor and centerpieces
- $500 each (seeking 4) - Program tickets for 20 staff, students, Public Works cast members
In appreciation for underwriting, we offer the following benefits:
$10,000 - Presenting Sponsor - a table for ten plus 4 DTC theater vouchers & a signed book*
$5,000 - 4 tickets to the dinner and panel discussion and 4 DTC theater vouchers & a signed book*
$2,500 - 2 tickets to the dinner and panel discussion and 2 DTC theater vouchers & a signed book*
$1,500 - 2 tickets to the dinner and panel discussion & a signed book*
$1,000 - 2 tickets to the panel discussion & a signed book*
$500 - 1 ticket to the panel discussion
*James L. Haley’s biography Sam Houston
For information: Sarah Warnecke 972-333-6659