COM Wasn’t Built in a Day by H. Russ Brown

A down-home comedy VERY loosely based on actual people and events!  It is Fall of 1967 in the small town of Texas City, Texas and Dr. Herbert F. Stallworth already has plenty to contend with in getting his new community college off the ground in their temporary quarters in an old dilapidated high school, but an Open House Night for local VIPs with no A/C just before a vital bond election doesn’t make it any easier! Throw in a greedy mayoral candidate, a wily local business owner, a very vocal student senate, a well-meaning custodian and additional pressure from “the powers that be” and you’ve got a hurricane of commotion! But with his trademark wit and affability, Dr. Stallworth navigates the rocky waters in this funny and affectionate mix of fact and fiction. The rest, as they say, is history!

Winner of a 2016 KCACTF Region VI Meritorious Achievement in Playwriting award!

  • Cast Size: 8M 3W
  • Running Time: About an Hour
  • Royalty Rate: $40 per performance

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About the Playwright

H. Russ Brown is a Theatre Artist/Educator currently serving as Head of Theatre/Artistic Director for the College of the Mainland Theatre program in Texas City, TX. 

H. Russ began his career over 25 years ago in his native Texas. He has worked professionally in the theatre as an actor, director, dialect specialist, movement coach, fight director, and nationally award-winning playwright – writing dozens of shows that have been produced in theatres across the country.

He has been honored numerous times for his plays including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts New Visions/New Voices award for his musical adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s classic short story, THE SELFISH GIANT, and the 2005 Kenndy Center American College Theatre Festival’s NST Fellowship for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Playwriting for his comedy, STUD DUCKS AND HORNY TOADS.

H. Russ has taught/guest lectured at the University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of Houston, Texas Tech University, Illinois State University, North Carolina School of the Arts, Ball State University, Lon Morris College, Nicolet College, Spoon River College and Western Illinois University – just to name a few. He holds a B.S. degree from Texas A&M University and an M.F.A. in Acting from Western Illinois University.

His greatest source of pride, however, is his beautiful wife, Elizabeth, and his amazing kids, Grant and Auben.

“Love is my Sword, Faith is my Armor,& Humor is my Shield.” – H. Russ Bown


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Kudos from an original cast member

What a pleasure it was to play the shady politician Walter Carp in the world premiere production of this delightful comedy. Its wide age range of ethnically diverse characters plus its humorous combination of slapstick action and philosophical moments make it a perfect choice for all levels of community and educational theaters. – Paul Hager, Theatre Columnist – WAVES Entertainment Magazine, Galveston, Texas.

2 years ago

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