DawnDAWN is a new play with music, steeped in the sounds of the American south.

Set in 1978 and inspired by true events, the play centers around Dawn Pearce, a fifteen-year-old girl whose parents leave behind everything to follow their deep desire for more – from life and from God. Dragging their daughters in tow, the family follows the evangelist Brother James Childress a thousand miles to his isolated community in Fredonia, Texas, where in the midst of poverty, struggles of faith, and sexual exploitation, Dawn’s journey leads her to a moment of self-discovery and a battle for self-salvation. Banjos

SRT recently staged a reading of DAWN at The Ford Foundation Studio Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center.

Preview the music from DAWN!

Love Song

What Would Jesus Do

Dear Sherrie

Playwright, Composer and Lyricist: Hayley Treider
Composer and Musical Director: Daniel Emond
Director: Samip Raval
Assistant Director: Matthew Van Gessel
Associate Producer: Rebecca Wolf
Stage Manager: Lindsay Eberly*

Katie Barton
Katie Barton*
as Sherrie Pearce


Daniel Emond
Daniel Emond*
as Congregant/Incidental roles

 Jeffrey Hawkins
Jeffrey C. Hawkins*
as Brother James Childress


Sarah Hund
Sarah Hund*
as Laura Pearce/Barbara Childress

Pearl Rhein
Pearl Rhein*
as Alma Hicks


 Jessie Shelton
Jessie Shelton*

as Julie Pearce/Carry Sterling

 Sydney Shepherd
Sydney Shepherd*
as Dawn Pearce


Sam Sherwood 
Sam Sherwood*
as Bob Hicks/Joe Pearce

Luke Smith
Luke Smith*
as Scott Hendricks/Timmy Childress


 *Member of Actors' Equity Association. 
   AEA Staged Reading Guidelines.