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TWU Drama presents works by Edward Albee
DENTON — The Texas Woman’s University drama program joins the national celebration of playwright Edward Albee’s 80th birthday by presenting two of his best works, “The American Dream” and “The Sandbox.”
Performances, which are free and open to the public, will be Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1. Both performances will take place at 8 p.m. in the Redbud Theater Complex, located on the northwest side of Hubbard Hall on TWU’s Denton campus. For reservations or more information, call the TWU Box Office at (940) 898-2020.
The first show of the evening is a staged reading of “The American Dream,” an allegory of the “American Scene” gone awry. The scene is set with a sadistic Mommy (Susan Serota of Corpus Christi), an emasculated Daddy (Dan Pucul of Sherman) and an embittered Grandma (Audrey Lewis of Corpus Christi). Visiting this absurd household are Mrs. Barker (Taylor Reed of Seattle, Wash.) and Young Man (Tristan Decker of Fort Worth).
Following a brief intermission, audiences will follow the same family to another time in their lives in “The Sandbox,” as they search for the proper place to lay Grandma to rest. Luis Rendon of Laredo joins the cast as the musician.
Sherrie Wollenhaupt, a master’s degree candidate from Highland Village, will direct the productions. Stage manager Jill Laney of Fort Worth is assisted by Kristina Gerling of Houston. The set is designed by Dan Pucul of Sherman, costumes by Georgana Jinks of Richardson and lights by Brandianne Kramer of Haltom City. Chris Taylor of Tyler is the assistant director.
Albee, a member of the Dramatists Guild Council, has received three Pulitzer Prizes for drama — “A Delicate Balance” in 1967, “Seascape” in 1975 and “Three Tall Women” in 1994. He also received a special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2005, as well as the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts in 1996. Theaters across the United States are celebrating Albee’s 80th birthday by producing a number of his greatest works.
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