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TWU Drama announces 2013-14 season

9/9/13

DENTON — The TWU Drama Program’s 2013-14 season features a Pulitzer Prize-winning meditation on grief and redemption, a shipwrecked storyteller, one of the world’s greatest farces and the world premiere of a work by an award-winning TWU playwright.

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.

All shows will take place in Texas Woman’s University’s Redbud Theater, 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.

In an effort to provide the community with an opportunity to attend a performance they might not otherwise be able to afford, TWU Drama now offers a “pay what you can” option at every 2 p.m. Saturday performance. This option does not apply to tickets purchased online. Tickets must be purchased at the box office prior to the scheduled performance and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

The season opens with the 2007 Pulitzer Prize-winning Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire. Directed by Sharon Benge, TWU Professor Emerita of drama, the play tells the bittersweet story of family members wrestling with the grief of having lost their 4-year-old son in a tragic accident. The play explores the difficult process of searching for hope, grace and forgiveness after the unthinkable happens. The show will run Oct. 16-20.

In November, drama program director Dr. Patrick Bynane will direct the world premiere of NightWitches by award-winning playwright and TWU assistant professor of drama Steven Young. NightWitches is a fictionalized account of the first all-female bomber squadron. Based on actual events from the Soviet Union during World War II, this new work examines the uneasy intersection of gender, combat and patriotism. The show runs Nov. 20-24 at TWU; then, in May 2014, the drama program takes the show to the Brighton International Fringe Theatre Festival in England.

In February, TWU Drama will present Shipwrecked! An Entertainment: The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As told by himself) by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies. Dr. Patrick Bynane will direct this theatrical look at one of the great media hoaxes of all time. Louis de Rougemont convinced Edwardian England that he survived decades on a desert island, only to be exposed by the same tabloids that made him a hero. A cast of three portrays 30 characters; all the while making us question the roles that honesty, wonder and storytelling play in our lives. The show will run Feb. 19-23, 2014.

The season finale is the classic French farce A Flea in Her Ear by Georges Feydeau. This production, directed by Steven Young, has been translated and adapted by David Ives. This masterpiece of French comic playwriting turns the rules of marriage upside down and inside out. One misplaced letter leads our naïve couples on a mad dash through Paris involving mistaken identities, drunken doppelgangers, indecipherable servants, crazed Castilians and an unpredictable revolving bed. The show will run April 9-13, 2014.


Media Contact:

Karen Garcia
Senior Writer
940-898-3456
kgarcia@twu.edu

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