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Furman Theatre Stages “The Women of Lockerbie”

Furman University Theatre will present The Women of Lockerbie by Deborah Brevoort Nov. 9-12 and Nov. 17-19 at 8 p.m., with matinee showings Nov. 13 and Nov. 20 at 3 p.m. All performances take place in The Playhouse on the Furman University campus.

A pre-show talk with Brevoort takes place Friday, Nov. 11 at 2:30 p.m. at the Herring Center for Continuing Education on campus. A special talkback event with Brevoort is slated for Friday, Nov. 11 following the 8 p.m. performance in The Playhouse.

Directed by guest artist Jayce T. Tromsness, the production is open to the public. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students.

In December 1988, a small Scottish town hosted unusual guests: dozens of corpses that lay for days in streets, fields and gardens until investigators could process them as forensic evidence. The dead were the victims of the Pan Am 103 bombing that claimed 259 passengers and crew, as well as 11 people on the ground.

Deborah Brevoort wrote her tribute to The Women of Lockerbie eight years before 9/11. Inspired by true events, Lockerbie depicts the extraordinary efforts of the town’s women to wash 11,000 pieces of clothing from the plane’s wreckage as both a practical and symbolic act of cleansing. While a U.S. government official refuses to release the clothes, the Scots fought back with the best modern weapon: the media.

Cast members for The Women of Lockerbie are:

Madeline………………………………………….Ellie Caterisano
Bill…………………………………………………..Salvatore Donzella
Olive………………………………………………..Karsen Green
Hattie……………………………………………….Vania Brockway
George……………………………………………..Matt Middleton

Chorus members are Kenzie Wynne, Ellie Peoples, Eliza Kate Leiter, and Cammi Stillwell. Understudies are Allie Hargrove and Lee McCaskill.

Stage Manager is Sam Nelson, assisted by Beth Fraser and Jillian Padgett. Designing the set is alan bryson who is assisted by Derek Leonard. Dakota Adams is lighting designer. Chris Sessoms serves as master electrician. Light board operator is Aishwarya Tripathi, while Alan Smith operates the sound board.

Margaret Rose Caterisano is costume designer and is assisted by Lauren Girouard (who also leads publicity). Wardrobe crew head is Chelsea Helton.

Props designer and crew head is Scott Simon. The props crew includes Melina Churt, Helen Grigg and students in Theatre Arts 101. Box office and house manager are Clare Ruble and Claire Shea, respectively.

For ticket information and reservations, call the Theatre Box Office at (864) 294-2125. Online tickets sales begin Oct. 31 at www.furman.edu/theatrearts. The Theatre Box Office opens Nov. 7 for phone orders.

 

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