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Information Page for "Bug"

Temple High School's 2016 Entry in the UIL One-Act Play Contest

Bug is a play by American playwright Tracy Letts, an American playwright, screenwriter and actor who received the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play August: Osage County. A film version of the play was released in 2006 and starred Ashley Judd, Harry Connick, Jr and Michael Shannon.

The play takes place in a seedy motel room in Oklahoma City. Lonely cocktail waitress Agnes (Emma Tolleson) lives there, hiding from her violent ex-con ex-husband Jerry Goss (Ta'Shawn Chunn). One night, her biker friend R.C. (Latrice Scott) introduces her to Peter (Andrew Tye), a Gulf War veteran who might be AWOL. She gets involved with Peter, who grows increasingly paranoid about the war in Iraq, the Oklahoma City bombing, cult suicides, and then secret government experiments on soldiers — eventually drawing Agnes into his delusions. The play deals with the issues of love, paranoia, conspiracy theories, and Agnes' slow descent into insanity under Peter's influence. Dr. Sweet is played by Daniel Eshbaugh.



Agnes = Emma Tolleson
R.C. = Latrice Scott
Peter = Andrew Tye
Jerry Goss = Ta'Shawn Chunn
Dr. Sweet = Daniel Eshbaugh


Stage Manager = Chase Yerkes
Sound = Derresha Webb
Lights = Sam Little
Backstage Lights = Dylan Prather
Props = Taylor Wilson


Gabe Fontanez
Grace Mellette
Mikayla Craig
James Equels


Lights = D’Andre Wright, Christopher Brown, Rebecca Alley
Costumes = Oliver Marshall, Kaiya Fowler, Arreyon Blocker
Sound = Sierra Amalbert, Chantal Cyrus, Seth Little
Hair & Make-Up = Bailee Poelker, Callie Ortega, Anaiya Harris
Props = Nick Winkler, Adara Felix, Chris Apgar, Robert Solar
Set Crew = Isabel Suarez-Cruz, Emma Poehlmann


DELETED FROM THE UIL TEAM = Abryanna Ingram, Timothy Jarrett 





Thespian Troupe #1966
Temple High School
415 South 31st Street
Temple, TX 76504

Natasha Tolleson
(254) 215-7036

Technical Director
& Assistant Director
Carlen Gilseth
(254) 215-7302

Theatre Instructor,
Lights & Sound Teacher
Kayla Stewart
(254) 215-7112


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25 Years

Temple's UIL One-Act Play team has been the District Co-Champion for 25 years in a row (as of March 2017). No other UIL team at Temple High holds such a record.

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2015-2016 Highlights

Texas UIL 5A State Finals
One-Act Play Competition
(Out of over 250 schools)

3rd Place in Texas, Div. 2
UIL Dramatic Design Group

3rd Place & 6th Place
Individual Entries in
UIL Dramatic Design

Texas Thespians,
All-Star Troupe
(one of seven in Texas)

Seven Events Advance to
International Competition

Three Students Participate in
All-State Show (Big Fish) 

2014-2015 Highlights

International Thespian
Champion, Theatre Marketing

Texas Thespians,
All-Star Troupe
(one of four in Texas)

Six Events Advance to
International Competition

Three Students Selected for
All-State Show (Big Fish) 
Cast and Crew

Natasha Tolleson named to
Texas Thespian Hall of Fame

Second Runner-Up
Texas UIL 5A State Finals
One-Act Play Competition
(Out of over 250 schools)

2013-2014 Highlights

International Thespian
Champion, Film

Texas Thespians,
Main Stage Performance
The Secret Garden

11 Events Advance to
International Competition

10 Students Advance
to State Finals in
UIL Theatrical Design
(2nd Highest Number of
Any School in Texas)

Texas Top 12, UIL 5A
One-Act Play Competition
(Out of 257 schools)

Texas State Champion
UIL Film Contest
Division 2, Narrative

Texas State Champion
UIL Group
Theatrical Design

2nd Place in Texas,
UIL Set Design

4th Place in Texas,
UIL Marketing Design