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TWU drama program announces 2008-09 schedule
DENTON —The Texas Woman’s University drama program mixes classics, a twist on Greek tragedy and more into its 2008-09 season.
All shows will take place in TWU’s new Redbud Theater Complex, located on the northwest side of historic Hubbard Hall on the university’s Denton campus. Tickets for all shows are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. For a complete schedule, visit www.twu.edu/soa/drama and click on “Box Office.” For reservations or more information, call the TWU Box Office at (940) 898-2020.
The season opens with “Helen” by American playwright and actress Ellen McLaughlin. This modern adaptation of “Helen of Troy” seeks to discover whether one can rewrite their past, especially if that past was an illusion. Directed by Dr. Patrick Bynane, TWU assistant professor of drama, performances run Oct. 9-13.
A production of Thornton Wilder’s “The Long Christmas Dinner” kicks off the holiday season Nov. 20-23. Directed by TWU master of arts student Craig Hertel, the play follows one family’s transition through 90 Christmas dinners.
TWU takes on the classics in the spring, first with Tennessee Williams’ award-winning “The Glass Menagerie.” The play, which runs Feb. 26-March 1, 2009, is told through the memories of Tom Wingfield, a son longing to escape from his stifling home and overbearing mother. Sharon Benge, director of the TWU drama program, will direct the production.
The season will close with William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” slated April 23-26, 2009. Set on an island with fantasy around every corner, this romantic comedy follows Prospero, an exiled musician, on his quest to regain his dignity and position of duke. TWU alumnus Dennis Sloan will direct the production.
In addition to the main stage season, the TWU drama events include:
“Monkey: The Quest of the West,” based on the Chinese comic novel The Journey to the West. Created and performed by critically acclaimed actors Laura Jorgensen and Fred Curchack, performances will be held in conjunction with TWU’s Asia and the Arts festival. Show dates are Oct. 24-25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Redbud Theater Complex. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.
Karen McIntyre, a master of arts candidate in dance, will present her original work, “Crazy Good LuckLady” at 4 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Redbud Theater Complex. This one-woman performance combines music, dance and dialogue created by McIntyre.
Potluck Playfest, scheduled at 8 p.m. Jan. 31, 2009, will feature new, 10-minute plays written, directed and rehearsed in the 24 hours leading up to the performance. This free event will be held in the Redbud Theater Complex.
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