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TWU Drama presents 'Dancing At Lughnasa'


DENTON — The nature of family, lost love and missed opportunities is explored as the Texas Woman’s University Drama program presents Brian Friel’s “Dancing At Lughnasa” Nov. 14-18.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14; 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15; 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday. Nov. 17; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18. 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 online or for more information, visit or call the TWU Box Office at (940) 898-2020.

Set in Donegal in 1936 during the festival of Lughnasa (in Celtic folklore, when the harvest is welcomed), the play tells the bittersweet 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 in their world. All of this is viewed through the eyes of Michael, Chris’ son, as he attempts to come to terms with his family’s legacy.

The Tony Award-winning play originally was presented in 1990 at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin.

TWU Professor Emerita Sharon Benge directs the production. The cast includes Desiree Fultz, Averie Bell, Heather Alverson, Claire Watson, Kristi Smith, Paul Engle, Seth Johnston and Colton Jones. University of North Texas scenic designer Ken Verdugo provides the set design. The lighting design is by TWU technical director Michael Stephens. TWU assistant professor Rhonda Gorman is the costume designer, and assistant professor Steven Young is the dialect coach. Choreography is by Karen MacIntyre, and the original music is by Stephanie Mikus. TWU students Chelsea Reeves and Hayley Yates designed the sound and props, respectively. Taylor Reed serves as stage manager, assisted by Elizabeth Blake.

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Karen Garcia
Senior Writer

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