Current Season

“Always Patsy Cline” by Ted Swindley

(Musical)

DWU - Patten-Wing Theatre, Hughes Hall

7:30 p.m. on Sept. 25, 26 and Oct. 2, 3 

2 p.m. on Sept. 27 (homecoming weekend) and Oct. 4

Tickets:

$12 General Admission

$5 DWU Students, Staff, Faculty

“Always...Patsy Cline” is based on the true story of Patsy Cline's friendship with Houston housewife Louise Seger.

Having first heard Cline on the “Arthur Godfrey Show” in 1957, Seger became an immediate and avid fan of Cline's and she constantly hounded the local disc jockey to play Cline's records on the radio.

In 1961 when Cline went to Houston for a show, Seger and her buddies arrived about an hour-and-a-half early and, by coincidence, met Cline who was traveling alone. The two women struck up a friendship that was to culminate in Cline spending the night at Seger's house – a friendship that lasted until Cline's untimely death in a plane crash in 1963.

The relationship, which began as fan worship evolved into one of mutual respect. It is the kind of relationship that many fans would like to have with their heroes.

Over a pot of strong coffee, the two women chatted about their common concerns. When Cline finally left for Dallas, her next job, the two women had exchanged addresses and telephone numbers. Seger never expected to hear from Cline again, but soon after she left, Seger received the first of many letters and phone calls from Cline. The pen-pal relationship provides much of the plot of the show.

The play focuses on the fateful evening at Houston's Esquire Ballroom when Seger hears of Cline's death in a plane crash. Seger supplies a narrative while Cline floats in and out of the set singing tunes that made her famous – “Anytime,” “Walkin' After Midnight,” “She's Got You,” “Sweet Dreams,” and ”Crazy” – to name a few.

The show combines humor, sadness and reality. It offers fans who remember Cline while she was alive a chance to look back, while giving new fans an idea of what seeing her was like and what she meant to her original fans.

 

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“Spiders in the Night”
Written by DWU alumnus James Van Oort

(Original Drama)

DWU - Patten Wing Theatre, Hughes Hall

7:30 p.m. on Nov. 11, 12, 13, 14, and 2 p.m. on Nov. 15

Tickets:

$7 General Admission

$2 DWU Students, Staff, Faculty

This intense drama deals with the dysfunctional relationship between a father and his estranged, adult daughters, years after the death of their mother. What secret does he have and can he repair the damage caused by years of cruelty before his own time on earth comes to an end. Written by DWU alumnus James Van Oort; this production will be DWU’s entry into the 2016 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Women of Lockerbie” by Deborah Brevoort

(Drama)

DWU - Equitem Theatre-in-the-Round, Hughes Hall

7:30 p.m. on Feb. 25, 26, 27, and 2 p.m. on Feb. 28

Tickets:

$7 General Admission

$2 DWU Students, Staff, Faculty

A mother from New Jersey roams the hills of Lockerbie Scotland, looking for her son's remains that were lost in the crash of Pan Am 103. She meets the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the U.S. government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane's wreckage. The women, determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim's families. “The Women of Lockerbie” is loosely inspired by a true story, although the characters and situations in the play are purely fictional. Written in the structure of a Greek tragedy, it is a poetic drama about the triumph of love over hate.

 

 

 

 

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“Godspell”

(Musical)

Music by Stephen Schwartz

Book by John-Michael Tebelak.

DWU - Sherman Center

7:30 p.m. on April 8, 9, 15, 16; and 2 p.m. on April 10 and April 17

Tickets:

$12 General Admission

$5 DWU Students, Staff, Faculty

 

“Godspell” was the first major musical theatre offering from 3-time Grammy- and Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz (“Wicked,” “Pippin,” “Children Of Eden”); and it took the world by storm. Led by the international hit, “Day By Day,” “Godspell” features a parade of beloved songs including “Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord,” “Learn Your Lessons Well,” “All For The Best,” “All Good Gifts,” “Turn Back, O Man” and “By My Side.”

 

A small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques, and hefty dose of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs ranging in style from pop to vaudeville is employed as the story of Jesus's life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus's messages of kindness, tolerance, and love come vibrantly to life.

 

Boasting a score with chart topping songs, a book by a visionary playwright (John-Michael Tebelak), and a feature film, “Godspell” is a sensation that continues to touch audiences.

 

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