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TWU Drama’s 2009-10 schedule includes performance in Ireland
DENTON — The TWU Drama program’s eclectic 2009-10 season includes an original theater piece to be developed and performed on both sides of the Atlantic, and a “Potluck Playfest” to be written, rehearsed and performed within a matter of hours.
TWU Drama once again will collaborate with Patrick Sutton and Ireland’s Gaiety School of Acting to create an original work titled “The Half Moon Couple.” The development process will begin in Denton in October with a weeklong workshop run by Sutton, director of the Gaiety School of Acting. Once ideas have been solidified, Sutton will return to Ireland where he will team up with writer Martin Maguire to continue the development of an original play. In December, TWU students will travel to Dublin, Ireland for three weeks to participate in the intensive rehearsal process. The final product will be an hour-long play that will be performed in Dublin at the historic Smock Alley Theatre Jan. 15-16, 2010. The show will be brought back to TWU where performances will run at the Redbud Theater Feb. 18-21, 2010.
The remaining TWU Drama schedule offers something for everyone. The season will explore several genres of theatre beginning with a contemporary drama, moving on to a Greek classic and an original theater piece, and ending with a timeless musical revue.
All shows (excluding the Dublin performance) will take place in TWU’s 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, and to reserve tickets online visit www.twu.edu/drama and click on “Box Office.” For more information, call the TWU Box Office at (940) 898-2020.
The season opens Oct. 8-11 with the contemporary drama, “Dead Man's Cell Phone” by American playwright Sarah Ruhl. When a woman answers a dead man’s ringing cell-phone, she thrusts herself into the mysterious relationships he left behind. This critically acclaimed new play provocatively examines the nature of our most cherished relationships in a culture drowning in technology. Directed by Dr. Patrick Bynane, TWU assistant professor of drama.
Steven Young, TWU’s new assistant professor of drama, makes his TWU directorial debut Nov. 19-22 with the classic Athenian tragedy “Oedipus The King” by Sophocles. One of the three Theban plays, “Oedipus The King” tells the story of the doomed King of Thebes and his quest to save his plagued city. In order to save his people, Oedipus must bring the murderer of the former King of Thebes to justice. As he begins to unravel the mystery surrounding the killer’s identity, Oedipus is forced to confront the secrets of his own past that will lead to his eventual ruin.
The season will close with the Parisian musical revue “Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris” by Eric Blau and Mort Shuman, directed by TWU drama program director Sharon Benge. Performances run April 22-25, 2010. Presented in conjunction with the TWU music department and music director Dr. Soojeong Lee, the show features 25 songs written by the Belgian born singer-songwriter Jacques Brel. Known for his poetic lyricism and his interest in exploring the gritty reality of life, Jacques Brel is considered to be one of the most prolific European songwriters of the 1950s and ’60s. Debuting in 1968, “Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris” is an English translation of 25 of his songs written between 1956 and 1968. The original cast featured a small company, but Benge has chosen to stage the show with a much larger cast that will include music and dance ensembles comprised of TWU students.
In addition to the main stage season, TWU Drama events include a “Potluck Playfest,” a play festival where students will write, direct and perform short plays all within a 24-hour time period. Performances will run Jan 29-30, 2010 at 8 p.m. Student-directed One Acts will run March 4-7, 2010. A night of cabaret-style musical performances will run in the Redbud Theatre Complex March 25-28, 2010.
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