2016 News Releases
TWU Drama presents 'The Triumph of Love' April 13-17
The Texas Woman’s University Drama Program ends its 2015-2016 season with a classic love story gone awry. The Triumph of Love runs April 13-17.
Performances are scheduled for:
- 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 13;
- 4 p.m. Thursday, April 14;
- 8 p.m. Friday, April 15;
- 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 16; and
- 2 p.m. Sunday, April 17.
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 Saturday matinee is 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.
In The Triumph of Love, Princess Leonide becomes love-struck at the sight of Agis, the “legitimate” prince of the realm over which Leonide rules. Hermocrate (Agis’ teacher) prohibits women from entering his garden, forcing Leonide — with the help of her trusty servant, Corine — to disguise herself as a man. The jester and the gardener, having discovered the princess’s masculine disguise, are being bought off by Leonide and wooed by Corine — all so Leonide can find some time alone with Agis. This good-natured farce demonstrates that the power of love can set even the most confusing situation right — even if a little deception and bribery are needed as well.
Steven Young, TWU associate professor of drama, directs the production. The cast features seven TWU undergraduate drama majors: Terrence Benard, Nolan Chapa, Matthew Jake Defoore, Michael Johnson, Alle Mims, Riley Jo Payne and Britnee Schoville. Guest artist Don “Captain” Henschel provides the scenic design, while the costume design is by TWU associate professor of drama Rhonda Gorman. Lighting design is by technical director Michael Stephens. Undergraduate students Kayla Biggerstaff and Michael Johnson designed the properties and sound, respectively. Crystal Phariss serves as the stage manager, assisted by Selena Flores.
Texas Woman’s University Drama Program director Patrick Bynane, Ph.D., said The Triumph of Love is classic 18th century French romantic comedy. “At TWU Drama, we strive to offer a balance of production experiences for our students,” he said. “With its witty blend of comic banter, commedia dell’ arte style and strong, intelligent female leads, we felt this play offered us a great opportunity to produce a neglected classic while serving as a fitting conclusion to our 2015-2016 production season.”