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HPU’s theatre department to present original drama “Mouthpiece” at Brownwood’s Lyric

Howard Payne University’s Department of Theatre has announced performances of “Mouthpiece,” an original one-act drama written by Dr. Nicholas Ewen, assistant professor of theatre. The play will be performed Friday through Sunday, May 10-12, at Brownwood’s Lyric Theatre. Each performance will begin at 7:00 p.m. and last approximately 50 minutes.

“Mouthpiece” depicts the story of a senator who, after an accident, prompts those around him to consider the power of God’s Word.

“Simply staged with beautiful renditions of traditional hymns, ‘Mouthpiece’ poses deep questions and portrays the profoundly human cost of belief and unbelief,” said Dr. Ewen. “Particularly poignant in today’s world of corruption and shifting definitions of truth, our drama expresses in rich dramatic detail that the Word of God is, as Hebrews 4:12 says, sharper than any two-edged sword, able to penetrate even to dividing soul and spirit, and judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to assist with expenses for the group to travel to the International Collegiate Theatre Festival (ICTF) in August to perform “Mouthpiece.” The ICTF is held in conjunction with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland.

“This play will be performed as part of the HPU Department of Theatre’s mission to share the love of Christ with the world at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe,” said Dr. Ewen. “We invite the public to support this mission through prayer that God’s kingdom would be revealed through the witness of these student missionaries and through the performance of this play.”

Participating in the production are Dr. Ewen, who wrote the play, directs it and performs music; Christopher Ewen, a sophomore at May High School, who operates lights; Jessica Catlett, a senior from Alleyton majoring in social work and the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, who operates sound; Isaac Williams, a senior from May majoring in Christian education, who performs music; and cast members Sara Heinrichs, a junior from Hico majoring in theatre arts with all-level certification; Deejay Moses, a senior from May majoring in theatre arts with all-level certification; Jake Bowren, a junior from San Antonio majoring in theatre; Cassia Rose, campus visit coordinator and 2018 HPU graduate; and Laurel Pinkney, a sophomore theatre major from Carrollton.

“This show is affecting and personal,” said Pinkney. “Filled with memorable characters and interspersed with traditional hymns, this play will linger in audience members’ minds long after they’ve left the theatre.”

For more information, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2019 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options. For more information about HPU, contact the Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at


Cutline #1: On stage for HPU’s production of “Mouthpiece” are, from left, Laurel Pinkney, Cassia Rose, Jake Bowren, Deejay Moses, Sara Heinrichs, Isaac Williams and Dr. Nicholas Ewen.

Cutline #2: The play “Mouthpiece,” written by HPU’s Dr. Nicholas Ewen, will be performed at Brownwood’s Lyric Theatre May 10-12 at 7:00 p.m

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