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TWU celebrates the opening of its new Redbud Theater Complex with “The Fantasticks” April 12-15

TWU’s historic Hubbard Hall transformed into exciting new theater venue


"The Fantasticks" Press Release

March 29, 2007 - DENTON —Texas Woman’s University will open the new $3.2 million Redbud Theater Complex with the drama program’s production of the popular musical “The Fantasticks” April 12-15.

Located on the Denton campus on the northwest side of historic Hubbard Hall, the new, state-of-the-art complex features an intimate, 110-seat proscenium theater with tiered seating.

“The new Redbud Theater Complex will showcase the talent of our students and faculty, while also serving as a classroom in which students can learn their craft,” TWU Chancellor Dr. Ann Stuart said. “The location also is ideal to bring theater patrons to the heart of our beautiful campus.”

“The Fantasticks” will be the Redbud Theater Complex’s inaugural production and performances will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 12; at 8 p.m. Friday April 13; at 2 p.m. Saturday April 14 and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 15. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. For reservations or more information, call the TWU Box Office at (940) 898-2020. A Saturday evening performance is an invitation-only gala.

After receiving notice from the state’s fire marshal that the original Redbud Theater was not up to code and could not stay open, Chancellor Stuart suggested Hubbard Hall as the site for a new theater and drama education complex. The 19,000-square-foot Redbud Theater Complex occupies two former dining halls and associated lobby space of Hubbard Hall’s main level.

Elements reminiscent of the original Redbud Theater — including a full-length undulating wall in the lobby — were included in the design. A handicapped-accessible entry also was added at the east end.

The undulating wall is the organizing element that stretches from the Complex’s east to west ends. The shape has subtle references to a theater curtain, the scrim on a stage and the exterior brick wall that fronts the retired Redbud Theater. The wall forms a string of public spaces along the windowed north wall of Hubbard Hall and is adorned with brightly colored red and orange laminate.

The Complex features practice rooms, a make-up classroom, conference rooms and faculty offices, as well a scene shop, a costume shop and laundry, storage and more. This marks the first time in the history of the TWU drama program that all of these elements have been housed under one roof.

The new Redbud Theater Complex was designed by Bottino Grund Architects of New York and Austin and is being built by Joe Funk Construction Engineers, Inc. of Dallas.

While the Redbud Theater Complex has been under construction, TWU Drama staged productions at venues in Denton, Dallas, Fort Worth and even Dublin, Ireland. The Irish production, titled “The Long March,” also was performed in New York City’s Greenwich Street Theatre in March 2006.

“We’ve been fairly resourceful in performing ‘on location’ during the past two and a half years, but for drama to have a new home is a thrill for us,” Sharon Benge, director of TWU’s drama program, said. “Walking into the complex, you are met with bold, highly saturated colors that give off an exciting energy, which invigorates the students and should foster increased creativity for our classes and productions.”

TWU drama students intern at more than 80 theaters around the country, and graduates have gone on to work in professional theater companies including the Dallas Theater Center, Stage West and the Dallas and Fort Worth Shakespeare Festivals.

Donors to the new Redbud Theater Complex include: Ann Stuart, Ph.D.; Patsy and Fred Patterson; Betty J. Sanders; the Nunneley Family; the Denton Benefit League; Wanda Clift Farris; Patricia Lewkowicz; Sharon and Charles Venable; Joyce Mullican Cashell; Deborah Deering Schwartz; the TWU Former Students Association; Kathleen Varner; Lou H. Rodenberger, Ph.D.; Norma M. Kudiesy; Therese Bartholomew Bevers, M.D.; Cene and Ken Ingram; Tegwin Dyer Pulley; Helen and Harry Crumpacker; Ann Williams; Justine Roach Frank; Pier 1 Imports; Lybeth Hodges; Sheila Marlow; Ann Q. Staton; and Cheryl Kadane Carroll.

For more information on the new Redbud Theater Complex, visit www.twu.edu/redbud-theater.


For Further Information Contact:

Amanda McKeen Simpson or
Karen Garcia

Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: asimpson1@twu.edu

Page last updated January 22, 2009

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