TWU Drama announces 2017-2018 season
The TWU Drama Program’s 2017-2018 theatre season will feature an original comedy of catastrophic proportions, a classic French tragedy, an imaginative fusion of Eastern and Western theatre styles and a Pulitzer Award winner from one of America’s favorite playwrights.
All shows will take place in the TWU Redbud Theatre Complex, located on the northwest side of historic Hubbard Hall on the university’s Denton campus. Tickets for all shows are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. TWU Drama also offers a pay-what-you-can option for every Saturday, 2 p.m. performance. Purchase tickets online, or call the TWU box office at (940) 898-2020.
The season opens with The Wal*Mart-ians, a comedy by associate professor Steven Young. In The Wal*Mart-ians, farce meets social commentary as a dysfunctional family gathers for the matriarch’s 70thbirthday in Frederiksberg, Iowa. The setting is rife with tension, creating a literal powder keg set to explode as the characters tear each other, and themselves, apart. The show will run October 11-15, 2017.
In November, TWU Drama will present Jean-Baptiste Racine’s Phaedra, directed by guest director Lydia Mackay. Racine’s masterpiece skillfully combines the elements of tragedy in a tale of a woman’s self-destructive passion, which dooms not only her, but also those she loves most. The show will run November 15-19, 2017.
In February, assistant professor Noah Lelek, Ph.D., will direct The Long Christmas Ride Home, written by Pulitzer Award winner Paula Vogel. Set during an emotionally tumultuous road trip, Vogel daringly mixes Western theatrical tradition with ancient Japanese bunraku-style puppetry to create a story of familial drama and tension. The show will run February 21-25, 2018.
The season will conclude with the Pulitzer Award winning The Skin of Our Teeth, written by Thornton Wilder and directed by TWU Drama program director, Patrick Bynane, Ph.D. Wilder’s ambitious, apocalyptic three-act comedy follows the lives of George and Maggie Antrobus, their children Gladys and Henry, and Sabina – the family maid with a habit of breaking the fourth wall and turning the family’s best laid plans for survival topsy-turvy. The show will run April 18-22, 2018.