Development Manager Tonya Wilson-Brown, recently got the chance to catch up with two loyal Stage West Patrons, Mark and Jill Freer.
Where are you two from originally?
Jill: We are from Michigan. I am from a suburb of Detroit and Mark is from Detroit. Work brought us to Texas, and we are here to stay.
How did you become interested in theatre in general?
Mark: My wife. Jill: No, it’s true! (laughs) I was a thespian in high school and have a life-long love of theatre. When we moved back to Texas again in 2014, we dived in. We live in Fort Worth, and Stage West specifically was close to downtown and convenient to get to.
Why do you support SWT?
Mark: We both love theatre. It is important to keep it going strong. We support many local theaters and have season subscriptions to many: Stage West, Amphibian, Jubilee, etc. Overall, we just really like what Stage West is doing.
What’s your favorite show in recent memory at SWT?
Jill: We became season ticket holders in 2017/2018. The show that stands out to us the most is Life Sucks because of the message: life doesn’t suck. It made you think. It resonated. I vividly remember the set. It was two levels and really was amazing to see.
If you could change one thing about SWT, what would it be?
Mark: More cookies! Joking. Stage West is moving in a great direction. We love First Tuesdays. Especially recently, there seems to be more reaching out to members/patrons. Whatever you are doing - keep it up.
What three words would you use to sell SWT to a friend?
Jill: Great. Local. Theatre.