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TWU Drama announces 2012-13 season

9/13/12

DENTON — The Texas Woman’s University Drama program’s 2012-13 season showcases a variety of modern works that focus on personal relationships and the many ways – both funny and bittersweet – of learning to cope with change.

All shows will take place in TWU’s Redbud Theater Complex, located on the north 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. For a complete schedule, or to reserve tickets online, visit www.twu.edu/drama and click on “Box Office.” For more information, call the TWU Box Office at (940) 898-2020.

The season opens with the Obie Award winning “Circle Mirror Transformation” by Annie Baker. Directed by TWU alumna Amber Devlin, the play tells the story of four people enrolled in a small-town community center drama class taught by the free-spirited Marty. As the class progresses, the students unexpectedly find themselves entangled in each other’s lives. Secrets are revealed, boundaries are crossed and relationships are changed forever. The show runs Oct. 3-7.

In November, TWU Professor Emerita Sharon Benge directs the classic Irish drama, “Dancing At Lughnasa” by Brian Friel. Set in Donegal in 1936, the Tony Award winning play tells the story of the five unmarried Mundy sisters, Kate, Maggie, Agnes, Rose and Chris. When two different men from the sisters’ past suddenly reappear, the sisters must confront past regrets and learn how to adapt to the changing dynamics within their lives. The show runs Nov. 14-18.

The spring semester will kick off with the first of two graduate student projects. “Dissonance,” by graduate student Paul Engle, asks what happens when God’s your boss Mary Magdalene’s your bodyguard and the devil’s your temptress. For Monty Mason, this becomes the burning question of his life. This full-length dark comedy will be presented as a stage reading in the Redbud Studio. The show runs Jan. 24-26, 2013.

In February, drama program director Dr. Patrick Bynane will direct “Well” by Lisa Kron. The play begins with its author addressing the audience directly and thanking them for attending the show. From that point on, nothing is predictable. The actors rebel against the director; the story refuses to follow the order created by the author; and Ms. Kron’s mother nearly takes over the theater. “Well” is based on Ms. Kron’s experiences growing up with a mother who – while healing her community with her social activism – privately was battling with her own issues of health and illness. The show runs Feb. 20-24, 2013.

Graduate student Katlyn Snader will direct the 2001 musical “The Last 5 Years,” written by Jason Robert Brown. This two-person musical details the relationship between Jamie and Catherine, with one version told in chronological order; the other in reverse chronological order. The show will be presented in the Redbud Studio and will run March 7-9, 2013.

Anton Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard” will close out the season, with Steven Young, TWU assistant professor of drama, directing. First produced in 1904, the play is one of the most influential works of 20th century theater. Set in Russia at the turn of the 20th century, the poignant comedy follows the trials and tribulations of an aristocratic Russian family forced to face the potential loss of their social and economic status, as well as their precious cherry orchard. Faced with bankruptcy, defaulted loans and eviction, Madame Ranyevskaya and her family do the only thing they know how to do well – they throw a party. The show runs April 17-21, 2013.


Media Contact:

Karen Garcia
Senior Writer
940-898-3456
kgarcia@twu.edu

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