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Encore Theatrical Performance at SWOSU This Monday

February 24, 2006

Southwestern Oklahoma State University Theatre will present an encore performance of The Women of Lockerbie this Monday, February 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Old Science Building Auditorium on the Weatherford campus.

The production was selected as one of seven university plays in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and New Mexico to perform at the Regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

SWOSU will travel to Tulsa February 28 through March 5 for the regional festival which is being held on the campus of Tulsa Community College. The production will be viewed by a national selection team from the Kennedy Center, and the team will then select a slate of shows to invite to the national festival in Washington, D.C.

The Women of Lockerbie, by Deborah Brevoort, focuses on the aftermath of the horrific December 21, 1988 event when the American airliner, Pan Am Flight 103, was exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, by a terrorist bomb. All 259 people on board the flight and 11 on the ground were killed.

After the crash of Pan Am 103, the women of Lockerbie, Scotland, set up a laundry project to wash the 11,000 articles of clothing belonging to the victims that were found in the plane’s wreckage. Once the clothes were washed, the women packed and shipped them to the victims’ families around the world.

Director Steve Strickler said these events are historical; however the play is loosely inspired by those events and takes place on the 7th year anniversary of the attack. American parents Madeline and Bill have traveled to Lockerbie to attend a memorial service and meet the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the U.S. government to obtain the clothing of the victims. The women are determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love.

Brevoort states that “even though it’s a tragedy, The Women of Lockerbie is an uplifting story about people who refused to be broken by a disastrous event. They healed themselves from the legacy of terrorism – which is hatred and revenge. Hatred claimed the lives of their loved ones, but they wouldn’t let it infect their hearts. They responded with love. That’s why I wrote the play, and that’s why I think this play is done all over. It’s about profound sorrow but also about a group of people who figure out how to heal themselves.”

Admission to the encore performance at SWOSU is $3 for adults, $1.50 for non-SWOSU students, and free for individuals with an SWOSU I.D. For more information, call 580-774-3240.

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