TWU Drama Program announces 2014-15 season
All shows will take place in TWU’s Redbud Theater, 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. Additionally, TWU Drama offers a “pay what you can” option available at every 2 p.m. Saturday performance.
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 Speech and Debate by award-winning playwright Stephen Karam. TWU alumna Vickie Washington will direct the play, which is centered on three teens as they attempt to reveal a scandal that could rock their school and destroy the reputation of more than one local politician. The show will run Oct. 1-5.
TWU Professor Emerita Sharon Benge will direct the rarely performed musical Celebration in November. Written by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, this musical fable tells the story of a dramatic New Year’s Eve that brings together a naïve orphan and a greedy old man. Exploring the struggles between youth and age, innocence and experience and spirituality and materialism, the musical reveals that love is the only force with the power to make one content. The show will run Nov. 12-16.
In February, TWU Drama presents Endgame by Samuel Beckett. Dr. Patrick Bynane, director of the drama program, will direct this tragicomedy, which stands alongside Beckett’s Waiting for Godot as one of the most influential plays of the 20th century. The term “endgame” describes an ending in chess where the outcome is already known. The play’s central characters – Hamm and his servant, Clov – go through the routine of their days while waiting for the end of their diminishing lives. The show will run Feb. 18-22, 2015.
The drama program’s season finale, Henry V, is one of Shakespeare’s greatest historical verse-dramas. Steven Young, TWU assistant professor of acting, will direct the production, which focuses on Henry V’s preparations before the Battle of Agincourt and his conquests afterward. Following the death of his father, young Hal must live down his reputation as a wild and rash young man and gain the trust of his people. His past is not the only thing standing in his way, however – he also must face the belligerent French army and a charming French princess. The show will run April 15-19, 2015.
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