TWU Drama To Stage 'Nuts'
audience will become part of the courtroom drama as the Texas Woman’s
University theatre department opens its 2004-05 season with “Nuts,”
Oct. 7-10 in the Denton County Courthouse on the Square, 111 W.
Performances are at 8
p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7 through Saturday, Oct. 9, and at 2 p.m. Sunday,
Oct. 10. Admission is free, and no tickets are necessary. For information,
call (940) 898-2020.
“It’s a very
intimate environment,” said Jeff Winkler, a TWU graduate student
directing the play. “It will feel as though you’re watching
an actual trial.” The audience at times will participate in
the production, standing when the bailiff calls “All rise”
as the judge enters the room. It’s part of the dinner theatre
aspect Winkler wants to bring to the production.
Due to limited access
for rehearsals, the entire courtroom — from the width of the
room to the height of the judge’s bench — had to be
measured and recreated on the TWU campus. Still, Winkler said the
crew and the cast — many of whom are first-time performers
— are enthusiastic about the play and the venue.
Tom Topor’s story of a competency hearing for Claudia, a high-priced
call girl who claims she killed a client in self-defense. Her conventional
upper-middle-class parents want to have her declared incompetent
to stand trial and be committed to an asylum “for her own
Barbra Streisand brought
the play to the movie screen in 1987, and Winkler said the movie
was quite different from the play. He’s making his own changes
to TWU’s production, updating the time to present day and
moving the setting from New York to Texas.
The role of Claudia is
being played by Lindsay Huntoon of Plano. Claudia’s attorney,
Aaron Levinsky, is portrayed by Jaymes Gregory of Haltom City. Other
cast members include Jeff Kaplan of Denton as Claudia’s stepfather;
Kari Schouveller of Wichita Falls as Helen Rosenthal; Lenora Quickley
of Richardson as Officer Harriet Haggerty; Thomas R. Stratton of
Krum as Franklin MacMillan; and Jenny Lynn Beckman of Pasadena as
the court recorder.
Crew members include
Winkler of Alma, Kan., director; Frances Chatel Seman of McKinney,
stage manager; Maranda Mang of Hewitt, costumes; and Megan Welch
of Fort Worth, props.
For Further Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456