Friday, April 15, 2011

Houston play to cover TV news troubles in 'Youwitness News'

There aren't many productions hitting the stages of Houston with a local TV news angle outside of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas revivals, but that is about to change.

Houstonian Steve Stewart is putting on a short play called "Youwitness News." It will be produced as part of an evening of short plays at the Museum of Printing History (1324 West Clay Street Houston, TX 77019 - website) in Houston, April 29-30 and May 6-7 at 8pm.

"My play is about a news station transitioning to a newscast built around all viewer-submitted videos/commentary and an anchor team who doesn't quite grasp the change," Stewart told the mikemcguff.com blog. "The festival had a theme that playwrights were asked to focus on 'How information dissemination has changed in the last 10 years thanks to technology.'"

Sounds like a great topic to address since all TV and newspapers newsrooms across the world are grappling with that sticky situation.

It also just so happens that my former KTRK 13 producer colleage Mike O'Neill has been cast as the news director character for the play.

This production is a fundraiser for Scriptwriters/Houston.

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