TWU Drama presents 'Endgame' and 'Play'
Performances of Endgame and Play will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18; 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19; 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22. All performances will take place in the Redbud Theater Complex, located on the north side of historic Hubbard Hall on TWU’s Denton campus. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. To reserve tickets or for more information, visit www.twu.edu/drama or call the TWU Box office at (940) 898-2020.
In an effort to provide all members of the community with an opportunity to attend a theatrical performance, TWU Drama offers a “pay what you can” option at the 2 p.m. Saturday performance. This option does not apply to tickets purchased online. Tickets must be purchased at the box office prior to the scheduled performance and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Dr. Patrick Bynane, director of TWU’s drama program, directs Samuel Beckett’s 1957 play, Endgame. Considered a classic of 20th Century drama, the tragicomedy is one of Beckett’s most famous works and stands alongside Waiting for Godot as one of the most influential plays of the 20th century. The play explores the relationship between Hamm, unable to move from his wheelchair, and Clov, unable to sit or disobey Hamm’s orders. They exist in a disturbing world where the only things that seems to matter are routine, habit and absurd gameplay. The pair is ultimately forced to make a decision — continue on as they are or accept the final moves of this existential endgame.
The evening also includes Play, a short work by Beckett that investigates the effects of memory; particularly a memory that leaves one feeling trapped by past events. Three people, buried in urns up to their necks, are forced to recount an adulterous affair by a mysterious and, possibly, malevolent interrogator. This rarely performed piece features extravagant language, austere poetry and haunting images.
Endgame features a cast of four, including TWU undergraduate students Carlos Iruegas, Michael Johnson, Colton Jones and Emma Montes. Play features a cast of three, including TWU undergraduate students Adam Kellman, Melissa LeCompte and Riley Payne. TWU faculty, staff and students will share design responsibilities, with assistant professor Rhonda Gorman serving as set designer and technical director Michael Stephens providing the lighting design. Ms. Gorman is the costume consultant, while graduate student Misty Clark serves as the costume designer. Undergraduate students Chelsea Reeves and Emma Montes serve as the sound designer and properties artisan, respectively. Selena Flores is as the stage manager for Endgame and Kolby Campbell serves as the stage manager for Play.
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