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From Ireland to Texas to New York – TWU Drama takes ‘The Long March’ to off-Broadway March 31 to April 2


DENTON – A powerful original play about a tribe of social outcasts searching for a sense of belonging will mark the off-Broadway debut of Texas Woman’s University’s Drama Department when “The Long March” is performed at New York’s Greenwich Street Theater March 31 to April 2, 2006.

Thirty-two TWU students and five faculty and musicians will travel to New York City to present the original performance art piece written by Irish playwright Martin M. Maguire and directed by Patrick Sutton, artistic director of the Gaiety School of Acting in Ireland.

“It is very rare that university drama students have the opportunity to perform in a production off-Broadway,” said Sharon Benge, director of TWU’s Drama program. “This experience will serve as a wonderful showcase for our drama program and our exceptional student actors and production staff.”

“The Long March” is the product of an international collaboration between TWU and the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland. Sutton served as an artist-in-residence at TWU in October 2004, working with TWU drama students on improvisation and documenting their work. Sutton then returned to Dublin and gave the ideas and images to Maguire, who scripted the play using the students’ work as his inspiration.

TWU undergraduate and graduate drama students performed “The Long March” in January 2005 at the SS Michael and John Theatre in Temple Bar – the avant-garde theater district in Dublin. The play was hailed as "fresh and energetic" by The Irish Times, the Irish equivalent of The New York Times. The play also was performed on TWU’s Denton campus in February 2005.

Maguire and Sutton will travel to Denton for play rehearsals and then accompany the TWU cast and crew to New York. The three New York performances include two evening shows and a Sunday matinee. Ticket prices will range from $15 to $20.

More information, including details about media opportunities during Denton rehearsals in late March, will be released soon.


For Further Information Contact:

Amanda McKeen Simpson
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: asimpson1@twu.edu

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