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Women’s Theatre Troupe presents “Decision Height” Oct. 9, 10 and 12

BOONE—Appalachian State University’s Women’s Theatre Troupe presents the new historical drama “Decision Height” by Meredith Dayna Levy in the intimate I.G. Greer Studio Theatre on campus. Feminism’s historical roots are examined in this production about the training of the first female service pilots.

View larger imageFreshman Logan Mariner portrays Virginia Hascall in “Decision Height,” a new historical drama by Meredith Dayna Levy about the first female service pilots during World War II. The Appalachian Women’s Theatre Troupe production will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 9, 10 and 12 in I.G. Greer Studio on campus. Photo credit: Kerstin VanHussView larger imageThe Appalachian Women’s Theatre Troupe formed last year and is open to any student, regardless of student status, age or interests. This fall’s production is the historical drama “Decision Height” Oct. 9, 10, and 12 in I.G. Greer Studio. Photo credit: Kerstin VanHuss

The play will be presented Oct. 9, 10 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. There is no performance on Saturday due to homecoming festivities. Tickets are $6 in advance and may be purchased Monday through Friday, Oct. 6-10, in the Valborg Theatre Box Office from 1-5 p.m., or at the Studio Theatre one hour prior to curtain for $8. For more information, visit ASU Women’s Theatre Troupe on Facebook or contact the Women’s Troupe at asuwomenstroupe@gmail.com.

Levy’s original, award-winning script premiered in October 2012. “I was able to attend the recent staged reading at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival,” said Dr. Derek Davidson, Appalachian theatre professor and local playwright. “It was a great performance, but I believe the Women’s Troupe will be able to make ‘Decision Height’ truly amazing.”

Savannah Core, who directed the club’s inaugural show, “The Most Massive Woman Wins,” returns to direct this production. “I can’t express how blessed I feel to have this opportunity,” she said. “To see so many talented women that have a passion for art, history and women’s rights touches me in a way I can’t fully explain. When the cast sat down for the first time and read the script together, we all cried our eyes out. ‘Decision Height’ is hilarious and feisty, and it will break your heart.”

The Women’s Theatre Troupe was founded only a year ago, but has blossomed into a successful interest group and arts organization. “Decision Height” will be the troupe’s third production, following their spring show, “A Part Equal.”

In order to encourage students to work in the arts, the troupe gives opportunities to underclassmen, including non-theatre majors. Opportunities like these have shaped the academic careers of students such as Emma Siplon, club treasurer and actress, who thought college wouldn’t give her a chance at artistic expression. “I auditioned for ‘The Most Massive Woman Wins’ thinking there was no way they’d consider casting a freshman, but they did!,” the chemistry/secondary education major said. Siplon has been involved in every club production since, just as other freshmen are discovering their place in the troupe.

The entrance to I.G. Greer Studio Theatre is located on the east side of I.G. Greer Hall below the auditorium. Parking is available after 5 p.m. on campus in faculty/staff lots and after 5:30 p.m. in the College Street parking deck near the Belk Library and Information Commons.

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The Appalachian Women’s Theatre Troupe is a student-run performing arts organization designed to promote theatre experience, to develop opportunities for women, and to advocate women’s rights in productions at Appalachian State University and throughout the High Country region through the use of student-directed shows, programs and social events, such as group trips to see live productions at other theatres, biweekly meetings, and scheduling projects and workshops of interest to the membership.

Media Contact

Madi Viterito
973-534-2454
asuwomenstroupe@gmail.com