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TWU transports audience to Donegal for ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’


In a small house in 1936 Donegal, the five unmarried Mundy sisters are getting by. Kate, Maggie, Agnes, Rose and Chris occasionally clash, but for the most part, they try to nourish the family and bring up young Michael, the son born to Chris out of wedlock, to fit right into the clan.

Texas Woman’s University presents Dancing at Lughnasa, a touching drama by Brian Friel. The play is the study of this Irish family’s dynamics just as they’re tipped from their balance by the arrival of two men: a missionary uncle, who has allowed his work in Africa to enlarge his spirituality, and Michael’s father.

Professor emerita Sharon Benge directs the production. The cast includes Desiree Fultz, Averie Bell, Heather Alverson, Claire Watson, Kristi Smith, Paul Engle, Seth Johnston and Colton Jones.

University of North Texas scenic designer Ken Verdugo provides the set design. The lighting design is by TWU technical director Michael Stephens. TWU professor Rhonda Gorman is the costume designer, and professor Steven Young is the dialect coach.

Choreography is by Denton choreographer and TWU alumna Karen MacIntyre, and the original music is by Stephanie Mikus. TWU students Chelsea Reeves and Hayley Yates designed the sound and props, respectively. Taylor Reed serves as stage manager, assisted by Elizabeth Blake.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday and Nov. 16-17, 4 p.m. Wednesday, and 2 p.m. Nov. 17-18 in TWU’s Redbud Theater Complex, on the north side of Hubbard Hall.

Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. To reserve tickets or for more information, visit  or call 940-898-2020.

— Staff report