TWU Drama presents 'The Half Moon Couple' Feb. 18-21
DENTON — After a successful world premier at the Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin, Ireland, the Texas Woman’s University drama program will restage “The Half Moon Couple” by Martin M. Maguire for its American debut on TWU’s Denton campus.
Performances will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18; 8 p.m. Friday, Feb 19; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21. All performances will take place in the Redbud Theater Complex, located on the north side of historic Hubbard Hall. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. For more information, visit http://www.twu.edu/drama or call the TWU Box Office at (940) 898-2020.
“The Half Moon Couple” is the result of collaboration between the TWU drama program and the Gaiety School of Acting, Ireland’s national acting school.
The process began in October 2009 when Patrick Sutton, director of the Gaiety School of Acting, led a weeklong workshop in the Redbud Theater. The workshop produced a series of images and starting points for writer Martin M. Maguire and composer Susan Davenport to harvest and shape into the “The Half Moon Couple.” The process continued in December when the students traveled to Dublin. The play, directed by Sutton, was staged and rehearsed over a three-week period, and debuted on Jan. 14, 2010 at the historic Smock Alley Theatre.
“The Half Moon Couple” is a play about the tension between what is known and not known, seen and unseen, between the dark and the light. Two lovers fail to speak their love and suffer the consequences — A disastrous marriage. A lost child. Suicide.
They set out on their separate journeys to find all the precious things that have been kept from them. Once they realize that they must ask for what they want, the couple is finally able to find happiness.
Rhonda Gorman, TWU assistant professor of design, created costumes for both the actors and the 8-foot-tall puppets that add to the minimal set. Dr. Patrick Bynane, TWU assistant professor of drama, will restage the show for the Redbud Theater.
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