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From Houston to HBO: Local Writer Pens a Baylor-Inspired Comedy for the Cable Giant

Robert Askins's conservative-college experience is the butt of the joke in Brotherhood.

By Jeanne Lyons Davis December 20, 2016

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broadway's buzziest playwright and Cypress native Robert Askins puts another feather in his creative cap: screenwriting. The Tony-nominated writer of the 2011 play Hand to God is developing a half-hour comedy called Brotherhood for HBO that's inspired by his undergraduate experience at Baylor University in Waco.  

"The comedy takes place at the largest Baptist university in the world where a young man joins a secret organization that has two goals: party harder than anyone else and write the funniest, most incisive campus humor magazine in history," says The Hollywood Reporter.

At Baylor, Askins was a member of the university's not-so-secret society The NoZe Brotherhood, who, along with perpetrating decades of pranks across campus, have published satirical newspaper The Rope since 1924. The series was pitched as “Animal House set at a conservative college and told from the perspective of the administration and the secret society.” 

No release date has been set for Brotherhood, but fans of Askins can see the playwright go back to his roots and workshop his new play, The Carpenter, in Houston at Alley All New Festival, which runs Feb 2–12.

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