“With a body she would have a coffin, or an urn, or a gravesite. A place to put her grief.
But your wife has no such place. All she has is the sky where he vanished. The sky was not meant
to be a burial ground. It’s too big and when you store your grief there it runs wild”. – Olive
The University of Memphis Department of Theatre & Dance will soon kick off its 2021 season with The Women of Lockerbie, written by Deborah Brevoort. The University of Memphis joins theaters nationwide in Jubilee: A year-long celebration of performances generated by individuals that have been historically excluded from our country’s stages.
The show will feature a cast of actors safely distanced and wearing masks and will be filmed and then made available for streaming March 10-13, 2021 at 7:30 PM each evening.
In 1988, Pan Am flight 103 was bombed mid-flight, and the fiery pieces rained down on the peaceful town of Lockerbie, Scotland. Two-hundred-and-seventy people lost their lives that day: 243 passengers, 16 crew members, and 11 people on the ground.
In The Women of Lockerbie, the grief and anger due to the aftereffects of the 1988 Lockerbie Bombing led to a life-affirming catharsis. Through the use of a chorus and the expansiveness of a symbolic set, the audience will engage with the traditionally Greek elements of tragedy in a modern filmed-then-streamed production. The Women of Lockerbie asks the audience to reevaluate how we deal with hate in our world and shows us how vital a final gesture rooted in love can be.
The Women of Lockerbie, is being directed by third-year MFA directing candidate Triston P. Pullen with a full design collaboration with Scenic Designer Mollie West, Costume Designer Haley Grannon, Lighting Designer Matt Beecher and Sound Designer Jenni Propst. Like the cast, the design team and all of the students working on the show have been socially distant and wearing masks, keeping everyone safe while creating theatre during the pandemic.
The University of Memphis Department of Theatre & Dance is committed to creating opportunities for our students to learn and grow as artists under any circumstances.
Get your tickets and enjoy The Women of Lockerbie, from the comfort of your own home. All tickets are FREE and MUST BE RESERVED through the Box Office in order to obtain the streaming link. For more information, visit www.memphis.edu/theatre/.