2016 News Releases
TWU Drama presents 'In Love and Warcraft' Feb. 24-28
The virtual world and real life collide as the Texas Woman’s University Drama Program presents Madhuri Shekar’s In Love and Warcraft Feb. 24-28.
Performances are scheduled for:
- 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24;
- 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25;
- 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26;
- 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27; and
- 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28.
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. Admission to the Saturday matinee is “pay what you can.”
To reserve tickets or for more information, visit www.twu.edu/theatre or call the TWU Box Office at (940) 898-2020.
In Love and Warcraft tells the story of Evie Malone, a gamer girl who thinks she has figured out love and war, though her experience of both is limited to writing love letters for fellow college students who want to fix their broken relationships and ruling a game called “World of Warcraft.” While writing the letters does bring in extra cash, it doesn’t prepare her for Raul, who wants more from her than she thinks she knows how to give. Online alliances are threatened, real-world friendships are pushed to the brink and avatars come to life in Shekar’s original look at the collision of our perfectible virtual selves and the messy lives we live IRL (In Real Life).
The play is not suitable for children.
The production marks the directorial debut of Noah Lelek, Ph.D., a new assistant professor of drama at TWU. The cast features undergraduate drama majors Britnee Schoville, Riley Payne, Nolan Chapa, Colton Jones, Terrence Bernard, David Freyman, Selena Flores and Alle Mims. Associate professor Rhonda Gorman designed the costumes, and technical director Michael Stephens provides the scenic and lighting design. Bronwynne Smith is the properties designer, Chelsea Taylor designed the sound and Chelsea Reeves is the projection designer. Amanda Hackleman serves as stage manager, assisted by Crystal Pharris and Isabell Moon.
Texas Woman’s University Drama Program director Patrick Bynane, Ph.D., said In Love and Warcraft was selected for production because it is the work of an up-and-coming female playwright. “As we are dedicated to developing strong new female voices, finding new playwrights who are interested in forming a strong voice in the theater seems imperative,” he said. “We also were interested in what the play had to say about digital media and the place of women in social media in the gaming world. As controversies like GamerGate bring more and more focus to gender roles, misogyny and the Web 2.0, it seemed like the right time to find a play that speaks, with humor and insight, to these issues.”