National Geographic : 1961 Feb
Script in hand, Dr. Paul Baker directs a rehearsal at the Kalita Humphreys Theater in Dallas. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the playhouse holds 440. Seats crowding the rotating stage permit the actors to capture an Elizabethan intimacy with the audience. Director of unorthodox dramatic productions, Dr. Baker divides his time be tween Dallas and the Baylor University Drama Depart ment in Waco. Sometimes he uses more than one actor to portray different facets of a character's personality. Arms outflung, an actress in Studio One, an experi mental theater at Baylor University, expresses her self with motion. Her ges ture represents "glide," one of the basic stage movements studied at the school. Drama students at Baylor act, write and direct plays, design scenery, and work backstage. Studio One seats playgoers in swivel chairs surrounded by six stages. wind was chilly, and the grass still brown. They drove on through the hills, and his wife finally asked, "Where are the beautiful plains of Texas you have told me so much about?" "My dear," said Kendall, gesturing about him at the hills and valleys, "here they are!" He knew. And, in time, Mrs. Kendall came to see the country somewhat as he did, though she was nonetheless dismayed one day to discover a rattlesnake coiled around her beautiful French clock on the mantel. She outlived her husband many years and became a thorough Texan. In the Hill Coun try the names of George Wilkins Kendall and his wife are still held in respect. The old-timers had prophetic glimpses of what was going to happen. I've heard it said that, as a young Army officer stationed in Texas before the Civil War, Robert E. Lee observed, "I hear the footsteps of coming 156 millions." Those millions have arrived, and more are on the way. Texans, perhaps more than the people of any other State, are fascinated by their own history-and with reason. It has been quite a history. Six flags have flown over the land-those of Spain, France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the Confederate States of America, and the United States. On gala occasions all six are sometimes flown today. The visit of the Spaniard Alonso de Pineda in 1519 was the first break in the era of the aborigine. Later explorations, and the long story of the Spanish and French claims, the mission era and the rise of Mexican influence, have produced an enormous literature. Mod ern history, however, may be said to begin with 1821, when Austin established his first brave and tattered little colony.