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FIFTY YEARS OF THE HOUSTON FIELD HOUSE



S. (Sam) Berliner III ’56 Glen Head, N.Y.

One wonderful evening, the Field House was the venue for the first drama quartet. Nothing to do with Ned Harkness or with sports in general.

The quartet consisted of Tyrone Power, José Ferrer, Elsa Lanchester, and Agnes Moorehead. They sat on a darkened stage on high stools in tight spots of light, each— no scenery or other illumination—in dark clothing, reading the “Don Juan in Hell” sequence from George Bernard Shaw’s Man and Superman.

Oh, my, THAT was theater at it’s best! The house was totally spellbound. I’ve seen those same magnificent actors on stage and on film before and since, but this was one of those transcendent moments. Nothing even Ned ever led his boys to do could beat that for intensity.

S. (Sam) Berliner III ’56 Glen Head, N.Y.

 

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