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TWU Drama presents 'Speech & Debate'

DENTON — Three outcast teens attempt to reveal a scandal that could rock their school and destroy the reputation of more than one local politician as the Texas Woman’s University Drama Program presents Stephen Karam’s Speech & Debate Oct. 1-5.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1; 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2; 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5. 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.

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.

To reserve tickets online or for more information, visit or call the TWU Box Office at (940) 898-2020.

TWU Drama welcomes alumna Vickie Washington as guest director for Speech & Debate. Ms. Washington is a respected stage director in the North Texas region as well as a faculty member at the Booker T. Washington School for the Performing Arts in Dallas. This production marks Ms. Washington’s debut as a director at the new Redbud Theater Complex at TWU.

Speech & Debate looks at the lives of Howie, Solomon and Diwata and their quest for truth and recognition. The irrepressibly quirky Diwata decides that the only way to fully expose the hypocrisy of their small town is to stage an original musical adaptation of The Crucible replete with modern dance, amateur electronica, a time-travelling Mary Warren and a sexually confused Abraham Lincoln.

Speech & Debate features a cast of four, including TWU undergraduate students Jordan Desmarais, David Freyman, Kolby Campbell and Alle Mims. TWU faculty, staff and students share design responsibilities, with technical director Michael Stephens serving as the set designer and graduate student Kathryn Fullbright providing the lighting design. Rhonda Gorman, assistant professor of design, serves as the costume consultant, while graduate student Misty Clark is the costume designer. Undergraduate students Chelsea Reeves and Riley Payne will serve as sound designer and properties artisan, respectively, with graduate student De Amber Houston-Dailey as the choreographer. Violet Goforth is the stage manager and will be assisted by Selena Flores.

Media Contact:

Karen Garcia
Senior Writer

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