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TWU Drama Brings 'The Long March' Home


DENTON — "The Long March," the latest production by the Texas Woman's University Theatre Department returns to its Denton roots after successful performances in Ireland.

The play, a powerful story of a tribe of outcasts searching for a sense of belonging, will be performed in the Margo Jones Performance Hall, located at Oakland and Sawyer streets on the TWU campus. Show times are 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13. Tickets are $5 for students and senior citizens and $10 for adults. For reservations or more information, contact the TWU Theatre Box Office at (940) 898-2020.

An original play written by Irish playwright Martin Maguire, "The Long March" is the product of an international collaboration between TWU and the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin , Ireland . Patrick Sutton, artistic director of the Gaiety School , served as an artist in residence at TWU in October, working with students on improvisation and documenting their work. Sutton returned to Dublin and gave the pieces to Maguire, who scripted the play using the students' work as his source of inspiration.

The cast visited Ireland for three weeks during TWU's winter break to rehearse and perform the play at the SS Michael and John Theatre in Temple Bar, Dublin . The play was hailed as "fresh and energetic" by The Irish Times, the Irish equivalent of the New York Times.

Michael Scudday, TWU assistant professor of drama, will restage the play and reproduce the intricate lighting design he created for the Dublin production.

"This production requires minimal setting, so we're not building a lot of scenery," he said. Scudday instead chose to create mood and location through lighting, reinforcing the emotions and actions in each scene by changing the color, intensity or direction of the lighting.

The mood of the play also is underscored with live music full of tribal percussion, cello and intriguing melodies directed by Dr. Susan Stewart, TWU's coordinator of choral activities.

The acting ensemble for "The Long March" includes Ben Derby and Sashenka Lopez of Denton; Haley Baldwin and Macy Thornton of Arlington; Frances Chantel-Seman of El Campo; D'Lytha Brown and Camille Thompson of Fort Worth; Victoria Irvine of Garland; Ruth Ann Engel of Keene; Joshua Scott Hancock of Kilgore; Casey Bellows of Rio Vista; Dominic Carbonero of Monticello, Ark.; Jeff Kaplan of Gaithersburg, Md.; Sasha Truman-McGonnell of Ada, Okla.; and Amanda Kidd Kelts of Millarville, Alberta, Canada.

Musicians include Sashenka Lopez of Denton ; Dr. Tony Medlin, TWU assistant professor of drama; and Dr. Susan Stewart.

Meredith Thomas of Grand Prairie is the stage manager for the production. Adding to their acting duties are Casey Bellows, costume designer; Dominic Carbonero, set designer; and Amanda Kidd Kelts, props mistress. Jerry Dawson of Arlington is technical director.


For Further Information Contact:

Karen Treat
Senior Copywriter
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: ktreat@twu.edu

Page last updated January 22, 2009

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