Shelby's Social Diary
Anesthesia was the subject, but the Alley was anything but sleepy at Ether Domeworld premiere
What could be more appropriate than launching a world premiere play dealing with the discovery of anesthesia in Houston, home of the world-renowned Texas Medical Center? That was the feeling among Alley Theatre supporters on Wednesday at the opening of the non-profit's 65th season.
Before the curtain rose on Ether Dome, select guests gathered with Alley managing director Dean Gladden and artistic director Gregory Boyd to toast the upcoming season and the world premiere. Champagne for all the Alley friends!
Award-winning playwright Elizabeth Egloff was on hand to receive good wishes from notables that included Broadway actress Hallie Foote (daughter of the late Horton Foote) and stage, screen and television actor Elizabeth Ashley. Ether Dome director Michael Wilson also joined the pre-performance fete.
The medical significance of the play was not lost on the Memorial Hermann Foundation, which provided sponsorship of the production. Representing that entity were Jim Postl, Ileana Trevino and Dr. Red Duke.
Raising their glasses is celebration of the theater's long life were Kathryn and Jim Ketelsen, Lynn Wyatt, Jane Gladden, Patty Hubbard, Mimi Kilgore, Carmen and Butch Mach,Josephine and Phil John, Kelly and Bill Montgomery, Rose and Jim Garman,Alison and Craig Cordola and Devon Abner, Hallie Foote's husband.