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to Texas to New York – TWU Drama takes ‘The Long
March’ to off-Broadway March 31 to April 2
Media alert: Media are invited for interviews/photo opportunities
with “The Long March” Director Patrick Sutton,
Playwright Martin M. Maguire and cast and crew on Thursday,
March 23 at 4 p.m. at the TWU Redbud Theater in Denton.
Call Amanda Simpson at 940-898-3456 for details.
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 Theatre March 31 to April
students and six 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, director of the Gaiety School of Acting in Ireland.
The three New York
performances are Friday, March 31 at 8 p.m., Saturday, April
1 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 2 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20
for adults and $15 for students. To purchase tickets visit
call 212-868-4444. The Greenwich Street Theatre is located
at 547 Greenwich Street, located between Charlton and Vandam
Streets in Soho.
“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 acting ensemble
for “The Long March” is a mix of TWU graduate
and undergraduate students and includes: Haley Baldwin of
Arlington; Jamie Hogue of Brownwood; Christopher Becher, Brista
Hurst, Sashenka Lopez and Alison Trapp of Denton; D’Lytha
Myers of Fort Worth; Victoria Irvine of Garland; Jaymes Gregory
of Haltom City; Sherrie Wollenhaupt of Highland Village; Ruth
Engel of Keene; Thomas Stratton of Krum; Lindsay Turman of
Lamesa; Nic Carbonero of McKinney; Tristin Bunting of Plano;
Sasha Truman-McGonell of The Colony; and Frances Seman of
Ms. Lopez; Sherika Gaines of Texarkana; and Dr. Susan Stewart,
former coordinator of choral activities at TWU and currently
with Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
of Denton is the stage manager for the production and Joshua
Hancock of Kilgore serves as the costume designer. TWU faculty
Judith Drouin serves as the lighting designer and Ms. Gaines
adds to her musician duties by also serving as the assistant
here for detailed bios for the director, playwright, cast
and production staff.
March” is the product of an international collaboration
between TWU and the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland.
Mr. Sutton served as an artist-in-residence at TWU in October
2004, working with TWU drama students on improvisation and
documenting their work. Mr. Sutton then returned to Dublin
and gave the ideas and images to Mr. Maguire, who scripted
the play using the students’ work as his inspiration.
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
Mr. Maguire and
Mr. Sutton will travel to Denton for play rehearsals March
23 through March 26, and then accompany the TWU cast and crew
to New York on March 27 for rehearsals at the Greenwich Street
The New York production of “The Long March” is
generously underwritten by: Paula Britt, Louise Britt Carvey,
the Fifth Avenue Foundation, the Garvey Texas Foundation,
Pier 1 Imports, Rosalyn G. Rosenthal, Betty Sanders and the
Ann Bradshaw Stokes Foundation.
For more information,
Amanda McKeen Simpson
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456