Fuex began acting in a lead role at 12 years old in front of 8000 people at a religous convention. That's when she got the Theater Bug. She continued acting all throughout her school years, taking many acting classes centered on Method Acting, and Stage Tech. In her college years, she directed two Anton Chekov plays.
AJ resumed her passion for theater after retirement in 2009 in such roles as The Cowardly Lion in Oz!; The White King in Wonderland at the Bastrop Opera House; and in Playhouse Smithville's production of Dracula as Van Helsing and as the Villain, Meaghan DeBacon in the melodrama Egads!".
She first tried her hand at directing and producing with the play The Boardinghouse, putting together a stellar cast for rave reviews. Daughters of the Lone Star State was her second production to achieve shining reviews through the oustanding and believable character portrayals by her cast, and a higher level of excellence in staging and production.
The troupe began to tour with Dixie Swim Club (its second show), and were subsequently asked to became a regular part of the season at the beautiful and historic Stafford Opera House in Columbus, Texas. The cast's portrayals were superb, genuine, and, as remarked one audience member: " .. you would never know they weren't real!"
The next two shows, 'Til Beth Do Us Part and Bridesmaids, also jones/hope/wooten collaborations, were received with loads of uproarious laughter, plenty of gags, and barrels of jokes!
The Hasty Retreat Players turned toward their first dramatic performance in Agnes of God in the Spring of 2015, and the cast's three members delivered stunningly intense, emotionally deep, and authentic portrayals that left audience members awed.
"Sealed For Freshness takes me back to the days when my Mom used to drag me to all the Tupperware parties given by the ladies at church. Ours were never quite *this* exciting or dramatic, but then ... those were church ladies! This Tupperware party is a bit more complicated than that, and gives me a real challenge on balancing comedy with drama. Quite a challenge, but I'm ready to see how I do!" says Fuex.
Savannah Sipping Society really echoes with me. Four older ladies, in a rut, decide to hire a life coach to remake their lives ... and through their crazy adventures find everlasting friendships, deeper connections, and a self-awareness and confidence they never had before! A truly beautiful show. I can't wait~
Alana Adams, in addition to being an actress in most of Hasty Retreat's presentations, is also the troupe's Assistant Director. She is very good at keeping everyone on task, actors updated, informed, and on schedule, and managing to keep her sanity despite the insanity of staging a theater production. She understands AJ's style of directing and management and can implement it efficiently and effortlessly.
STAGE MANAGER/PROPERTIES ACQUISITION