TWU Drama presents 'Third' Nov. 18-22, 2015
DENTON— The Texas Woman’s University Drama Program will welcome back some old friends for its production of Wendy Wasserstein’s Third, which runs Nov. 18-22 in the Redbud Theater Complex on the TWU Denton campus. TWU Professor Emerita Sharon Benge returns to direct the production. Benge, who stepped down as drama program director in 2012 and retired from TWU last May, directs plays throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. TWU alumna Terri Tomola, a professional lighting and set designer in New York, is the production’s lighting designer.
Third tells the story of Laurie Jameson, a college professor deeply dedicated to keeping alive the angry, critical spirit of the radical social change of the 1960s. She is equally adored and feared by her students at the elite private college that is her world. All seems well in Laurie’s life until she meets Woodson Bull III, known to his friends simply as “Third”. Laurie instantly dislikes his jockish, jingoistic attitude. He is, as she condescendingly phrases it, “a walking red state.” Believing that Third's sophisticated essay on King Lear could not possibly have been written by such a specimen, Laurie reports his assumed plagiarism to the college's Committee of Academic Standards. But is Laurie’s accusation justified? Or is she casting Third as the villain in her own private struggle with her relationships, her age and our nation’s increasingly polarized political environment?
The cast of Third features five TWU undergraduate drama majors: Nolan Chapa, Michael Johnson, Isabell Moon, Riley Payne and Bronwynne Smith. Rhonda Gorman, associate professor of drama, will provide the costume design. Technical director Michael Stephens will serve as the set designer. Matthew “Jake” Defoore will serve as the properties designer and Nikki Johnson as the sound designer. Melissa LeCompte and Amanda Hackleman will serve as stage manager and assistant stage manager, respectively.
Performances will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 18; 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19; 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22. All performances will take place in the Redbud Theater Complex, located on the north side of Hubbard Hall on TWU’s Denton campus. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. The admission to the Saturday matinee will be a pay-what-you-can performance. To reserve tickets or for more information, visit www.twu.edu/theatre or call the TWU Box Office at (940) 898-2020.