From Oct. 20-24, NU Theatre begins its 2011-12 season of productions with "The Women of Lockerbie" by Deborah Brevoort, an unforgettable drama inspired by true events and real people.
Within the rolling green hills of Lockerbie, Scotland, seven years after the crash of Pan Am Flight 103, this poetic drama spotlights the triumph of love over hate. Based upon the aftermath of the 1988 terrorist bombing, which killed 270 people over Lockerbie, the drama unfolds as a group of Scottish women come together to fight the U.S. government to obtain the clothing of the victims on behalf of the grieving families.
The play won the silver medal in the Onassis International Playwriting Competition and the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award.
Director of the production is adjunct professor Amanda Lytle Sharpe, who recently directed "The Pirates of Penzance" for NU Theatre. Set designer of the production is assistant professor David Dwyer. Light designer is James Hergenroder, while sound designer is Glenn Bernardis. NU theater studies student Andrea Gollhardt of Amherst is costume designer, and theater studies student Rachel M. Olszewski of Grand Island is assistant director.
"The Women of Lockerbie" will be on stage in the Leary Theatre within the Elizabeth Ann Clune Center for Theatre, Clet Hall, at 7 p.m. on Oct. 20 and Oct. 24, and at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 21 and 22. Also, 2 p.m. matinees will be held on Oct. 22 and Oct. 23 (with a post-show discussion with the author of the play, Deborah Brevoort, on Oct. 23).
Cast members include the following Niagara University theater studies performance majors: Megan Kemple of Theresa, N.Y. (Madeline Livingston); John Woodley (Bill Livingston) and Keirsten Greifenstein (Chorus) of Niagara Falls; Meghan Deanna Smith of North Tonawanda Olive Allison); Grace Turner (Woman 1) and Glenna Rankin (Chorus) of Buffalo; Brianna Lanoye of West Seneca (Woman 2); Brittany Gabryel of Orchard Park (Hattie); Dino Petrera of Syracuse (George Jones); and Michele Dalia of Pine Brook, N.J. ( Chorus). Stage manager is Aaron Moseley of Grand Island and assistant stage manager is Michael Sheridan of Amherst