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‘Night Witches’ takes wing

TWU to premiere professor’s drama about female fliers

The Texas Woman’s University Drama Program takes on another world premiere play on Wednesday, this time with a play written by one of its own.

Award-winning playwright and TWU drama faculty member Steven Young wrote The Night Witches, a fictionalized account of the first all-female bomber squadron, which flew during World War II. The Nazis coined the term “Night Witches” from the noises their plywood and canvas airplanes produced. Based on actual events from the Soviet Union during World War II, this new work examines the uneasy intersection of gender, combat, patriotism and the need for flight and freedom.

The play will tour the United Kingdom in May and appear at the Brighton Fringe Festival. The Brighton festival is second only to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in size and scope. The fringe festival showcases a wide variety of music, comedy, dance and theater. TWU Drama has appeared twice at the Edinburgh festival.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday and Nov. 22-23; 4 p.m. Nov. 21; and 2 p.m. Nov. 23-24. 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 cost $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. A “pay what you can” option will be offered on Nov. 23. To reserve tickets online or for more information, visit or call the TWU Box Office at 940-898-2020.

— Lucinda Breeding