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TWU to premiere World War II flying drama at Brighton Fringe


DENTON — A troupe of student-actors from Texas Woman’s University will premiere a World War II drama at this summer’s Brighton Fringe in England.

The Night Witches will be presented May 19-25 at the performance space in the Brighton Media Centre, located in the heart of Brighton. The play, written by award-winning playwright and TWU Drama faculty member Steven Young, is a fictionalized account of the exploits of three Soviet flying squadrons whose personnel — from technicians to pilots — were all women. Although the female pilots were relegated to out-of-date equipment, they took their toll on the enemy with night bombing runs. The name “Night Witches” came from the technique of cutting their engines upon nearing their target, denying ground soldiers sounds of the approaching threat from the air. It was claimed that the wind over the canvas aircraft wings replicated noise of a witch’s broom.

Dr. Patrick Bynane, director of the TWU Drama Program, will direct the production. The cast includes TWU graduate students Heather Alverson and Kristi Smith, and undergraduates Natalie Beach, Kolby Campbell, Ryan Davila, Jordan Desmarais, Jacob Drum, Selena Flores, Samantha Napier, Riley Payne, Bronwynne Smith, Brandy Townsend and Hannah Wimmer. Original designs were provided by Michael Stephens, sets; Kathy Cox, lights; Rhonda Gorman, costumes; and Nikki Johnson, sound. The members of the technical staff traveling with the company are Misty Clark, wardrobe; Austin Rogers, technical director; Chelsea Taylor, board operator; and Morgan Gaston, properties. Jonathan Charles will stage manage the production.

Brighton Fringe is one of the largest fringe festivals in the world. Its aim is to offer education and entertainment in the iconic seaside English city with a unique cultural heritage. Brighton Fringe takes place for four weeks in May. For more information, visit

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