Theatre Program presents ‘The Wal*Mart-ians’

 

Sept. 21, 2017 – DENTON – The Texas Woman’s University Theatre Program will open its 2017-2018 season with The Wal*Mart-ians, an original play written and directed by Steven Young, associate professor of theatre at TWU. The Wal*Mart-ians was originally produced in Chicago, where it won the 2003 Chicago Arts and Entertainment award for best comedy of the year.

The production runs Oct. 11-15, 2017.

Performance times are:

  • 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11;
  • 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12;
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13;
  • 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct 14; and
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct 15.

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 will be a pay-what-you-can performance. To reserve tickets online or for more information, visit www.twu.edu/theatre or call the TWU box office at (940) 898-2020.

The Wal*Mart-ians is an apocalyptic comedy set in small-town Iowa. It is the 70th birthday of the cash-strapped but land-rich widow, Jan Gunter. Her family arrives late to the party, more interested in the potential of Jan’s final will than a celebration of her life. Over the course of the day, the matriarch uses the implied threat of being cut from the will as a soapbox to condemn the lifestyles of her daughter’s spouses, friends and careers, pitting family members against each other. The setting becomes a literal powder keg set to explode at any moment as the characters tear each other, and themselves, apart.

The cast of The Wal*Mart-ians features undergraduate theatre students Terrence Benard, Michael Diaz, Lauren Jordan, Isabell Moon, Claire Parry, Sydney Sandburg and Tyler Shults. The cast also features graduate theatre students Blair Mitchell and Bronwyn Sullenberger. Graduate student Misty Dawn Clark will provide the costume design, and associate professor Rhonda Gorman will serve as set designer. Lighting design will be provided by Jon Felt, and Russell McKinley serves as the technical director. LeeAnn Ducker is the properties designer, and Eric Molina and Damon Wadyko are co-sound designers. Patrick Bohmier and Tempie Love serve as stage manager and assistant stage manager, respectively.

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