The Savannah Disputation
by Evan Smith

The Savannah Disputation
Rebecca Mozo, Anne Gee Byrd, Josh Clark, Bonnie Bailey-Reed

Scenic Design
Costume Design
Lighting Design
Sound Design
Properties Design & Set Dressing
Production Stage Manager
Public Relations
Technical Director
Assistant Director
Dialect Coach
Production Crew

Light Board Operator
Sound Board Operator
Stage Crew
Key Art
Production Photography

Cameron Watson
Stephen Gifford
Kate Bergh
Jared A. Sayeg
Becca Kessin
Gil Tordjman
David Elzer/Demand PR
Robert T. Kyle
Katie McDonough
Susan Larkin
Watson Bradshaw, Sean Kozma,
Dustin Maberry, Christopher Rivera
Kathryn Horan
Brian Cordoba
Andrea Dean, Heather Waters
Doirean Heldt
Michael Lamont

(in order of appearance)

Father Murphy

Anne Gee Byrd
Rebecca Mozo
Bonnie Bailey-Reed
Josh Clark


The Present


Savannah, Georgia

Scene 1: Thursday Morning
Scene 2: Friday Morning
Scene 3: Sunday
Scene 4: Thursday Evening

Running Time

Approximately 90 minutes
The Savannah Disputation is performed without intermission


This spring we mourned the loss of a member of our Colony family, Jude Wadler.

Jude WadlerJude curated our gallery for many years,and was responsible for the wonderful exhibitions our audiences have enjoyed. Those who knew her would describe her as generous, funny, kind, smart,warm, enthusiastic, helpful, headstrong,mischievous, honest, luminous, and passionate.

Twelve adjectives. But there is only one noun to describe her: Artist. There was artistry in everything she did.

Her major passion was painting, which was when she was happiest. She was a truly gifted painter. Her works were often whimsical, full of life, and deep. The more you look at them, the more you see – and feel. When asked why her giraffe was green and her tiger blue, she replied: “I paint animals the colors they should be, not the colors they are."

Another example of her artistry: For weeks she worked with her husband Michael (one of the founders of The Colony) hanging over a hundred of the production pictures you see in our lobby and gallery. Michael insisted that they had to measure and calculate, to make sure that the job was done right. Nonsense, she said. Let's just start here and work our way around. He reluctantly agreed. But after a while, she got tired of working chronologically, from our earliest shows onward, and decided to move to our latest show, work backwards, and meet in the middle. As they continued, Michael worried every day about what would happen when they either wound up with a huge gap in the middle, or with a dozen extra pictures and no place to hang them. But in the end, there was no gap and no overlap; the two tracks met precisely. Jude had a knack for making things turn out exactly right.

Painting is a solitary affair, whereas theatre is by definition, social. Jude loved meeting actors, directors,and other theatre artists.She referred to them as“quality people,” and was always grateful to us for introducing her to this art form.

She leaves behind a wonderful legacy at The Colony, as well as family and friends who adored her, a standard of excellence and perfection that inspired those who knew her, and extraordinary works of art.

We have named our Gallery after her to honor her memory. She was not only an artist – she, herself, was a glorious work of art.

Barbara Beckley
Artistic Director


Brad Brown   Sheri Carroll   Natasha Detmer
Rev. Andrew Eagles   BillyGeorge   Stacy Godwin   Hugh Gorson
Carroll Minnick   Ellen Roberson   Wadler Data Systems

Phil Torf & House of Props