Jessie Cates is utterly disappointed by life. A physical disability wracks her, she can’t keep a job or marriage, her son is a criminal and without her widowed mother, she would be homeless.

Jessie’s untreated chronic depression suddenly lifts one day. That’s when she gets things in order and asks her mother for her dead father’s service revolver. 

“‘night, Mother,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about life’s cruelties, is the latest offering from Company 11, an upstart troupe targeting edgier adult fare. They utilize a 70-seat facility in the Center for Creative Living (60 N. Ann St.), on the southwest corner of Ann Street and Old Shell Road.

The play runs July 26 through Aug. 2. Curtain for the Thursday through Saturday shows is 8 p.m. 

Tickets are $15, $12 for seniors and students. Visit company11.org for tickets and information.


Student winners announced

Winners of the 12th annual MAWSS “Fun with Water” Watercolor Contest have been selected from more than 150 entries submitted by area students in grades K-12. 

• Overall winner: Jeremy Bankston (Theodore High School), “Hide ‘n Seek”;
• Grades 9-12: Lindsey Imsand (Theodore High School), “Adventure Under the Sea”;
• Grades 6-8: Catherine Chung (Dunbar Magnet School), “Dragon Boat Race”;
• Grades 3-5: Dylan LeGros (Council Traditional School), “Fishing with Dad”; and
• Grades K-2: Camille Chancey (home-schooled), “Colorful Kayaks.”

Winners will be recognized at an Aug. 3 awards ceremony at The Shoppes at Bel Air. MAWSS officials will present them with gift cards.   

Judges were Amberly Harris of Cumulus Broadcasting, Shelby Mitchell of 95 KSJ, Kelly Finley of FM Talk 106.5, local artist Ardith Goodwin and Jennifer Caillavet, marketing coordinator for The Shoppes at Bel Air. 

Congratulations to all the winners!


MTG hands out Zoghby awards

Mobile Theatre Guild presented its annual Zoghby Awards for the 2017-2018 season July 14 at the Lafayette Street playhouse. Named for Fr. Anthony Zoghby, who founded the Catholic Theatre Guild that became MTG, this completes their 68th season.

Winners are:

• Best Show: “Assassins,” directed by Gene Murrell;
• Best Actress (nonmusical): Jo Ann Olivera;
• Best Actor (nonmusical): Timothy Guy;
• Best Actress (musical): Kat Hewitt;
• Best Actor (musical): Larry Andrews;
• Best Female Newcomer: Melissa Summersell;
• Best Male Newcomer: Nick Smith;
• Dr. Leslie L. Leslie Award: Gay Gandy and Trish Kellar;
• Nibbles Award: Susan Vinson (“Assassins”);
• Jerry Carre Award: Phillip Tapia;
• Danny Conway Award: Jo Ann Olivera;
• Presidents Award: Alessia Vinson;
• Tres Costa Award: Corrine March;
• Director’s Awards: Angel Ashley (“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”); Susan Vinson (“Tuna Does Las Vegas”); Josh Harper, Savannah Teague, Gavin Reeves (“Assassins”); Gayle Alexander (“The Pot”); and Stan Chapman (“Closed Session”).