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TWU Drama program announces 2011-12 season


DENTON — The TWU Drama program’s 2011-12 season is a mix of rarely produced classics and original, student-driven works that serve as graduate thesis projects.

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, and to reserve tickets online, visit and click on “Box Office.” For more information, call the TWU Box Office at (940) 898-2020.

The season will open with one of Tennessee Williams’ later plays, A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, directed by drama program chair Sharon Benge. Set in the mid 1930s in St. Louis, Mo., the play tells the story of four women who are desperately trying to come to terms with their stations in life. Taking place on a Sunday morning, the play follows Dorthea, a Blanche Dubois-type character, as she waits for a very important phone call. When those around her try to prevent her from receiving disappointing news, hilarity and devastation follow. The show will run Oct. 13-16.

In November, Dr. Patrick Bynane, TWU assistant professor of drama, will direct French romanticist Alfred de Musset’s tragicomedy Don’t Trifle With Love. Written in response to his own ill-fated love affair with the authoress George Sand, the story focuses on an innocent love-triangle gone wrong. What appears to be a light-hearted romantic comedy takes a turn for the worse as the stakes turn deadly. The show will run Nov. 17-20.

The fall semester will conclude with the student project American Roulette. Written and co-directed by graduate student Zane Harris, American Roulette explores the dystopia of the modern American dream while utilizing various forms of traditional staging, film, social media and music. The show will run Dec. 1-3.

In February 2012, the department will present a new play festival with two original shows in repertory, Mark I and BrideZilla.

Mark I, written by graduate student Rene Serradet Fuller, tackles the difficult subject of a senseless act of violence. When a shooter enters His Holy Vessel Baptist Church, taking the lives of several people, it’s up the pastor and his wife to discover the true cause of such a tragedy. After learning that the shooter is their lost son, they must come to grips with how their past decisions led to such devastation.

Written by North Texas playwrights Natalie Gaupp and Steven McGaw, BrideZilla is a new eccentric one-act comedy. As a part of his graduate thesis project, director Nick Irion will lead the production through the workshop process, which will include discussions with the playwrights, staged readings and a full production. Both shows will run, alternating nightly, Feb. 23-March 4, 2012.

The season will close with the classic American Bluegrass musical, The Robber Bridegroom, written by Alfred Uhry and Robert Waldman and based on the Eudora Welty novel of the same name. Directed by TWU assistant professor Steven Young, the musical comedy tells the story of the “Bandit of the Wood” Jamie Lockhart as he tries to con a wealthy landowner and woo his lovely daughter, all at the same time. The musical takes place in 18th century Mississippi and is filled with an eclectic mix of characters and award winning songs. The show will run April 19-22, 2012.

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Karen Garcia
Senior Writer

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