TWU Drama presents 'Seven' Oct. 14-18
DENTON— A powerful docudrama on seven women’s fight to be heard opens the Texas Woman’s University Drama Program’s 2015-16 season. Seven runs Oct. 14-18 in the Redbud Theater Complex. Written by Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol K. Mack, Ruth Margraff, Anna Deavere Smith and Susan Yankowitz, Seven is based on interviews with seven women’s rights activists whose efforts have brought about major changes in their home countries of Russia, Pakistan, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Afghanistan, Guatemala and Cambodia. The play bears witness to their determined fight to rescue girls from human trafficking, to give a voice to the disenfranchised, for the right to an education, for peace and labor equality, and to protect women from domestic violence.
The women depicted in the play are part of the Vital Voices Global Partnership, a non-governmental organization that identifies, trains and empowers women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe. More information about the organization is available at www.vitalvoices.org.
TWU Drama Program director Patrick Bynane said that in selecting productions for the drama season, he purposefully chooses plays that, like Seven, speak to the university’s mission.
“Given TWU’s unique and powerful mission to ignite potential, purpose and a pioneering spirit, it seemed only natural for TWU Drama to produce this exciting work,” he said. “The stories these women tell are a reminder to us all that inspiring leadership really can make the world a better place.”
Bynane will direct the production. The cast includes Kayla Harris, Selena Flores, Isabell Moon, Jordan Desmarais, Alle Mims, Krystalyn Lasater, Natalie Beech, Asiyah Martin, Terrence Benard and Jake Defoore. TWU guest artists, faculty, staff and students will share design responsibilities. Technical director Michael Stephens will serve as the set designer, and assistant professor Rhonda Gorman will work as the costume designer. Undergraduate students Chelsea Reeves is in charge of sound and projection design. Bronwynne Smith is the properties designer, and the lighting design is by Nikki Deshea. Chelsea Taylor serves stage manager, with Andrea McKinney and Riley Payne as assistant stage managers. Graduate student DeAmber Houston-Dailey is both assistant director and choreographer.
Seven runs Oct. 14-18 in the Redbud Theater Complex, located on the north side of Hubbard Hall on TWU’s Denton campus. Performances are at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14; 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15; 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. In an effort to provide all members of the community with an opportunity to attend a theatrical production, TWU Drama offers a “pay what you can” option at the 2 p.m. Saturday performance. This option does not apply to tickets purchased online.
To reserve tickets or for more information, visit www.twu.edu/theatre or call the TWU Box Office at (940) 898-2020.