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TWU Drama presents ‘Helen’
DENTON — The Texas Woman’s University drama program opens its 2008-09 season Oct. 9-12 with “Helen,” a revisionist tale of Helen of Troy from Greek mythology.
Performances will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9; at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 10-11; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12. All performances will take place in the Redbud Theatre Complex, located on the northwest side of historic Hubbard Hall on TWU’s Denton campus. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. For reservations or more information, call the TWU Box Office at (940) 898-2020.
“Helen,” written by American actress and playwright Ellen McLaughlin, is an update of a play by Euripides that suggests the beautiful Helen stayed in an Egyptian hotel room for 17 years, unaware of the outcome of the Trojan War. Helen (played by Sabrina Sia of Lewisville) has spent every day alone in her hotel room, with no visitors except her Egyptian servant (Taylor Reed of Seattle, Wash.). The play takes place on the day Helen’s waiting finally comes to an end. She is visited by fellow Greek sex symbol Io (Brittany Fowler of Decatur), Greek goddess Athena (Erica Cole of Denton), and finally by Menelaus (Daniel Pucul of Sherman), the husband she feared she had lost.
Dr. Patrick Bynane, TWU assistant professor of drama, directs the production.
“The play challenges our notions of the role of beauty in our lives,” Dr. Bynane said. “It also asks us to seriously consider the responsibility we have to our personal histories. We may wish we had happier life stories or more exciting pasts, but, ultimately, we must accept our lives as they have been lived.”
Rhonda Gorman, a visiting lecturer at TWU, will design both the set and the costumes for this production. Gerald Young of Denton is the lighting designer. Christopher Taylor of Tyler serves as stage manager and is assisted by Colleen Carroll of Irving.
For more information on the TWU drama program, visit www.twu.edu/soa/drama.
Tel: (940) 898-3456