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Sterling Houston Theater

September 11, 2009

At last night’s Sterling Silver Gala, Jump-Start Performance Co. kicked off their 25th year with a dedication and renaming of their theater to the Sterling Houston Theater. The festivities also included a preview performance of Houston’s High Yello’ Rose, which will run at the theater for the next three weekends.

High-Yello Rose promotional brochure, undated

High-Yello Rose promotional brochure, undated

The production corresponds with the release of ‘High Yello Rose’ and Other Texas Plays, the latest compilation of Houston’s plays, which was edited and includes essays by Dr. Sandra Mayo, professor and theater historian at Texas State University. Dr. Mayo also editing and introducing a previous anthology of Houston’s work, entitled Myth, Magic, and Farce: Four Multicultural Plays by Sterling Houston in 2005.

Veronica Gonzales, Kim Corbin, Katherine Griffith perform High-Yello Rose, 1992

Veronica Gonzales, Kim Corbin, Katherine Griffith perform High-Yello Rose, 1992

Sterling Houston had a thirty-year career in professional theater as an actor, musician and writer in San Antonio, New York and San Francisco. Houston’s work frequently deal with issues of alienation, racial identity, mythology and more. His plays are known for their biting social commentary, burlesque humor, and intensive musical ideas. UTSA Archives and Special Collections purchased Sterling Houston’s personal papers in 2006, just prior to his death. The collection primarily documents Houston’s involvement in the San Antonio theater community through scripts, screenplays, programs, and press materials of his theatrical works. Also present are materials related to the many other projects and artistic endeavors in which Houston was involved. For a complete description of the Sterling Houston Papers, please see A Guide to the Sterling Houston Papers, 1926-2006.

Le Griffon watercolor in unidentified notebook, circa 1995

Le Griffon watercolor in unidentified notebook, circa 1995

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