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The Freedom Factor (A WORLD PREMIERE) Opening at Artisan

The Freedom Factor (A WORLD PREMIERE) Opening at Artisan

Artisan Center Theater proudly presents THE FREEDOM FACTOR at its newly renovated 196-seat theater-in-the-round. The theater and box office are located in the historic Belaire Plaza at 444 East Pipeline Road. The show runs Friday October 10 – Saturday November 8, 2014. Performances are at 7:30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with 3 pm matinees on Saturdays 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8/2014. Reserved seating tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for students and seniors, and $9 for children 12 and under. Monday through Thursday tickets are $14. The box office number is 817-284-1200. More information can be found on the website at

THE FREEDOM FACTOR will be interpreted for the deaf and hearing impaired by Kim Roberts and Stephanie Montez on Tuesday October 14, 2014 at 7:30pm


What would America be like today without our Constitution? It’s a document we take for granted, but Artisan Center Theater’s THE FREEDOM FACTOR – A WORLD PREMIERE will give us a very dramatic answer to that question. The production is based on a Gerald N. Lund book much-admired by Artisan Co-Founders Dee Ann and Richard Blair. This exciting play has been adapted for the stage by Jen Geigle Johnson in collaboration with Amy and Dave Sorter, Joe Sturgeon, Dorothy Sanders and Rick and DeeAnn Blair.

The play introduces us to Bryce Sherwood, a senatorial aide in Washington, D.C. who is recruited to be a key player in an attempt to pass an amendment that would eliminate the checks and balances built into the Constitution. But, when Founding Father Nathaniel Gorham, one of the original signers of the Constitution, appears to him, his refusal to understand the dangers of his position gets him transported by Gorham into a world where the Constitution was never ratified. Thrown into a strange land of violence, oppression and fear, Bryce begins to appreciate the true value of the great document and the price that must be paid to keep the freedoms it has given us. But, will he be able to pay that price?

“THE FREEDOM FACTOR is a gripping story of courage and love,” said Mrs. Blair, Executive Producer and Director of the Premiere. “We are passionate about telling this timely story and I am honored and grateful that Mr. Lund allowed us to bring it to life. This adaptation makes every effort to carry Mr. Lund’s compelling story to the stage. We hope that it will help each of us to appreciate the gift our forefathers gave us – the Constitution of the United States of America,”

Bryce Sherwood Robert Hamilton, David Cook
Nathaniel Gorham Bob Willey, Jonathan Russell
Paul Adams Bill Brooks, Neal Gregory
Elliot Mannington Tim Raif, Brandon Wimmer
Sterling Burkhart John Lattimore, Paul Borish
Capt. Rodale Tori Beth Pilcher, Megan Jakubik
Senator Hawkes/Prime Minister Travis Miller, Greg Fitzgerald
Lewis Daniel Orges, William Foreman
Wesley/Principal Dan Johnston, Scott Collins
Neal Lambert Brandon Shreve, Dawson Graham
Guard #1 Charles Bryant, Max Mandudi
Guard #2 Alex Swanson, Nathan Griffin
Leslie Adams Rian Slay, Raven Garcia
Vera Adams Susan Spangler, Debbie Hillaker
Jessie Lambert Amy Sorter, Judi Conger
KathyKelly/Bus Woman Julina Durling, Cassondra Plybon
Pretty Girl on Bus Sarah Johnson
Anchor Woman Meredith Stowe

Producer – Dee Ann Blair
Artistic Director – Joe Sturgeon
Director – Dee Ann Blair
Stage Managers – Amy and Dave Sorter
Set Design – Dee Ann Blair
Light Design – Dan Hall
Video and Projection Design – Rick Blair and Joe Sturgeon
Sound Design – Joe Sturgeon
Props Design – Elaine Plybon
Videography – Rick Blair, Joe Sturgeon
Costumes – Ellen Borish, assisted by Nita Cadenhead and cast

Who: Artisan Center Theater, a 501c3 non-profit 196 seat theater-in-the-round
When: October 10 – November 8, 2014
Where: Artisan Center Theater, 444 East Pipeline Road, Hurst, Texas
Director: Dee Ann Blair, assisted by Joe Sturgeon
Showtimes: 7:30pm M/T/Th/F/Sat with 3pm matinees on Saturdays 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8/2014
Tickets: Reserved seats: $18.00 for adults, $16.00 for students and senior citizens, $9.00 for children 12 and under. Mon – Thurs are $14.00 for ages 13 and up and $7.00 for 12 and under (Group discounts for 15+)
Reservations: Call 817-284-1200 or purchase online at