UM-Flint theatre opens season with The Women of Lockerbie

FLINT — The University of Michigan- Flint’s Department of Theatre and Dance celebrates its first main stage production of the season, The Women of Lockerbie, Oct. 28-30 and Nov. 5, 11 and 13 at the UMFlint Theatre, 303 E. Kearsley St., Flint.

Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m .

Written by Deborah Brevoort and directed by Janet Haley, The Women of Lockerbie is a beautiful, poetic drama of hope that explores how personal interactions can start the healing process.

Seven years after the tragic explosion of Pan Am Flight 103, Madeline and Bill Livingston leave their quiet New Jersey suburb and make the agonizing journey to Lockerbie, Scotland, in search of closure . . . and any fragment of their son’s memory they can find.

As Madeline obsessively combs the countryside, Bill meets the women of the village, who are on their own quest for closure– embroiled with the U.S. government to obtain the clothing recovered from the flight’s wreckage so that they may wash the articles and return them to the victims’ families. As the grieving and isolated couple engages with the community of Lockerbie, each finds the courage and the strength needed to begin the individual journey toward healing.

Tickets are $10 general admission and $8 for students, seniors, alumni, faculty and staff. To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact the Box Office: 810-237-6520. This play is a fictional story inspired by historical events. Due to the mature subject matter, this production is recommended for children over the age of 14.

As part of the department’s Guest Speaker Series, audiences will have the opportunity to join the playwright, Deborah Brevoort, for a post-show conversation immediately following the Nov. 13 matinee.

In keeping with the university’s commitment to community engagement, and continuing the “11,000 Pieces of Clothing: The Women of Lockerbie Clothing Drive,” established by Illinois State University, the department will be collecting articles of clothing for local charities in conjunction with this production. Collection boxes will be located at the Box Office and in the theatre lobby. — G.G.

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