TWU drama program announces 2010-11 season
DENTON — The TWU Drama program’s 2010-11 season is an eclectic mix of classic, contemporary and original material designed to offer something for everyone. In addition to entertaining audiences, the shows in the upcoming season also will act as thesis projects for several drama graduate students.
All shows will take place in TWU’s Redbud Theater Complex, located on the north 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, or 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 will open in October with Noël Coward’s classic comedy of manners, “Private Lives.” Premiering in 1930, the play took audiences by storm with its sharp wit and humorous exploration into the dynamic between men and women. “Private Lives” will be directed by drama program director Sharon Benge, and also will serve as an acting thesis for graduate student Maribeth Ayers Stickle. Performances run Oct. 14-17.
The following month, TWU assistant professor of drama Dr. Patrick Bynane will produce an original work titled “The Panther’s Scream and Other Texas Tales.” The script will be developed through an improvisational rehearsal process led by Dr. Bynane. Designed to be taken to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011, the family friendly show will feature innovative costuming and musical accompaniment. As a part of his thesis project, Dave Trosko will compose original music for the show. Performances will run Nov 18-21.
The spring semester will open with the classic 18th century laughing comedy “She Stoops to Conquer” by Oliver Goldsmith. Written in 1773, the play, with its misunderstandings, mistaken identities and secret love affairs, still appeals to audiences today. Directed by assistant professor Steven Young, performances will run Feb. 24-27, 2011.
Next up will be a new translation of Pedro Calderon’s “Life is A Dream,” created by TWU students Arturo Garcia and Edward Laredo. The 17th century Spanish play focuses on the philosophical questions regarding the meaning the life. As a part of their graduate thesis projects, Garcia and Laredo will write a new English translation of the play and produce a staged reading. Performances will run March 3-6.
The season will close with the contemporary drama “Boy Gets Girl” by the award-winning American playwright Rebecca Gillman. Often referred to as a “contemporary thriller,” the play delves into the gritty reality of what it means to be stalked. “Boy Gets Girl” also examines society’s reaction to the issue of gender roles, power and control. Rebecca McDonald will direct the show as part of her thesis project. The play also will serve as an acting thesis for Taylor Reed. Performances run April 14-17, 2011.
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