TWU Theatre Presents Six Characters in Search of an Author
TWU Theatre Presents Six Characters in Search of
DENTON Reality and illusion collide as the Texas
Woman's University Theatre Department presents Luigi Pirandello's
Six Characters in Search of an Author.
Performances are at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 17 through
Saturday, April 20, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21. All
performances will take place in the Redbud Theatre, located on
Bell Avenue on TWU's Denton campus. Tickets are $10 for general
admission and $5 for students, TWU faculty and staff, senior
citizens and children. To make reservations, call the TWU Theatre
Box Office at (940) 898-2020.
Some audience members will be invited to sit onstage during
the production, giving them a close-up view of the drama
unfolding and adding to the overall effect of the play, said
Marketa Fantova, assistant professor in TWU's Department of
Performing Arts and director of the production.
The play begins as a father and his family interrupt a
theatrical company's rehearsal preparation. The six strangers
explain that they are characters from an unfinished play and are
looking for an author to finish their story. As the characters
recall their past, the tale is one of bitterness and accusation,
with each character having his or her own view of events. The
story ends in tragedy or does it? Even the theater
company's stage manager is unsure what is real and what is
Fantova will direct the production from a design standpoint, a
style popular in her native central Europe.
The approach is more compact, with more of an emphasis
on teamwork, she said. Instead of having one student in
charge of scenery and another in charge of costumes, she said,
students will discuss ideas as a group.
I'm letting them explore different possibilities and be
as creative as possible, Fantova said.
Fantova describes Six Characters in Search of an Author
as a play within a play within a play, with fictional
characters springing to life and interacting with
realactors. TWU's use of unusual costumes will help
the audience tell the characters apart, Fantova said.
Pirandello's plays are often seen as the forerunners for
theatre of the absurd, and TWU's production stays true to that
absurdness with abstract, colorful makeup and costumes on a
minimalistic set. All the costumes are made out of papier mache,
which provides an additional outlet for expression of the
characters as well as a way to help the audience distinguish
between the real and fictional characters, Fantova said.
Ruth Stephenson (McKinney) takes on the role of stage manager
both onstage and as part of the crew. Other cast members include
Jaymes Gregory (Haltom City) as the director; Catherine
Brassfield (Fort Worth), as Fifi; Jerry Dawson (Arlington) as
Jerry; Brendan Dennehy (Greenville) as the father; Scott Fryer
(Denton) as Lawrence; Cory Glanton (Southlake) as the son; Larry
Hernandez (El Paso) as the boy; Jamica Hooks (Denton) as the
director's wife; Amanda Kelts (Denton) as the stepdaughter;
Sashenka Lopez (Denton) as the mother; Rebecca Price (Denton) as
Madame Pace and Trinity; Camille Thompson (North Richland Hills)
as the little girl; Marta Thompson (Denton) as Mary Jane; Jamie
Tompkins (Flower Mound) as Colinda; Kristin Weber (Bartonville)
as Clarice; and Thomas Floyd (Denison) as Frances.
Brassfield, Dawson and Gregory pull double duty as members of
the design team, which also includes Maryann Durmer (Corinth),
and Cris Galvan (McAllen). Other members of the crew are Natalie
Bransford (Hurst), wardrobe; and Dr. Mary Lou Hoyle, professor in
the TWU Department of Performing Arts, as literary adviser.
For Further Information Contact:
Tel: (940) 898-3456