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TWU Drama presents 'The Night Witches'


DENTON — The Texas Woman’s University Drama Program will showcase the works of one of its own with The Night Witches, a work by award-winning playwright and drama faculty member Steven Young. The production runs Nov. 20-24.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20; 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21; 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24. 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.

In an effort to provide all members of the community with an opportunity to attend a theatrical performance, TWU Drama now 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.

The Night Witches is a fictionalized account of the first all-female bomber squadron. According to The New York Times, the Nazis coined the term “Night Witches” from the noises their plywood and canvas airplanes produced that were reminiscent of a witch’s broomstick. Based on actual events from the Soviet Union during World War II, this new work examines the uneasy intersection of gender, combat, patriotism and the need for flight and freedom.

The play will make its world premiere at TWU before touring the United Kingdom in May 2014 and appearing at the Brighton Fringe Festival. The Brighton Fringe Festival is second only to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (where TWU Drama already has appeared twice) in size and scope and showcases a wide variety of music, comedy, dance and theater.

Dr. Patrick Bynane, drama program director, will direct the production. The cast includes TWU graduate students Heather Alverson and Kristi Smith, and undergraduates Gary Bailey III, Natalie Beach, Julia Bodiford, Kolby Campbell, Ryan Davila, Jordan Desmarais, Jacob Drum, Brittany Fowler, Colton Jones, Samantha Napier, Riley Payne, Bronwynne Smith and Hannah Wimmer. TWU staff and students share design responsibilities, with technical director Michael Stephens providing the set design, Kathy Cox as the lighting designer, assistant professor Rhonda Gorman designing the costumes, senior Morgan Gaston designing the properties and freshman Chelsea Reeves designing the sound. Senior Jonathan Charles is the stage manager, with Selena Flores as the assistant stage manager.

Media Contact:

Karen Garcia
Senior Writer

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