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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
Theatre Arts Department
415 South 31st Street
Temple, TX 76504

Natasha Tolleson
Office 254-215-7278

Theatre Instructor,
Lights & Sound Teacher
Kayla Stewart

Technical Director
Brad LaMotte

YouTube (thespiansrus)

29 Years

Temple's UIL One-Act Play Team has been a District Champion for 29 years in a row (as of March 2021). No other UIL team at Temple High holds such a record.

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2019-2020 Highlights

Texas Thespian Convention
Six Events Advance to
International Competition

Named a Texas Thespian
Outstanding Troupe (1 of 6)

Named Texas Thespian
All-Star Troupe (1 of 23)

Second Place in Texas
Team Mask Making

Performed Marathon Play
Wilderness for 500 people

UIL One-Act Play Mac Beth
District Champion. Contests
after district were cancelled

2018-2019 Highlights

Mrs. Tolleson Named a
TETA Educator of the Year

Texas Thespian Convention
All 8 Events Advance to
International Competition

Team Mask Making

Team Set Design

Nominee, Texas Thespian
Troupe of the Year (1 of 6)

5th Place
Baby with the Bathwater

Texas UIL 6A State Finals
One-Act Play Competition
(Out of 254 schools)

5th Place in Texas, Div. 2
UIL Dramatic Design Group

2017-2018 Highlights

Texas Thespian Convention
All 10 Events Advance to
International Competition
(More than any other troupe)

Texas Thespian Performance
of Wonder of the World

Texas Thespian All-Star
Troupe (1 of 10 in Texas)

Nominee, Texas Thespian
Troupe of the Year (1 of 3)

4th Place On the Verge
Texas UIL 5A State Finals
One-Act Play Competition
(Out of over 250 schools)

2016-2017 Highlights

Texas UIL Hair & Make-Up
Design (Division 2)

5th Place in Texas, Div. 2
UIL Dramatic Design Group

14 Students Advance to
International Competition

Texas Thespian Mainstage
3 Performances of Cabaret