TU Theatre Department Presents "Defying Gravity" Sept. 26-30

Wednesday, September 19, 2001

Published on 9/19/01

“Defying Gravity,” a fictional account based on the Challenger Space Shuttle tragedy of 1986, will be presented Sept. 26-30 by The University of Tulsa’s theatre department. The play will be presented at the TU Chapman Theatre in Kendall Hall, Fifth Place and Florence Avenue.

“Defying Gravity” is a play by Emmy Award winning writer Jane Anderson that examines the experience of hope after tragic loss. The 24-scene play revolves around a combination of characters and interactions that encourage mankind to forgive its failures when they cost more than bargained for.

Anderson offers perspective and hope by considering what might be possible if one’s deepest wishes could be fulfilled and mistakes amended, moving beyond realism to the place where all losses are healed. She dedicates the play to “that mysterious region on the other side of grief where loss grows wings and flies us to the light.”

Directed by TU Theatre Professor Lisa Wilson, “Defying Gravity” features lighting and scenic design by Susan Barrett and costume design by Katie Irish. The cast includes the following TU students: Melissa Enochs, Elizabeth Terry, Randy Lee Chronister, Ben Black, Lorie Cantu, Wynoami Isaac and Michael Whelan.

Performances will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets can be purchased in person an hour before show time at the TU box office in Kendall Hall or by calling (918) 631-2567. Box office hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Tickets for TU students, staff and faculty are $2.