Homecoming 2009 Theater Production

Lockerbie theater productionHatred will not have the last word in Lockerbie" - the women of Lockerbie in a poignant moment from the play (l. to r.) Sarah Gant, Brooke Snyder and Leah Risser.

The Women of Lockerbie

Theater at Eastern Mennonite University will give seven performances of its fall mainstage production, "Women of Lockerbie" by Deborah Brevoort.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 8, 8 p.m. Fri., Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 10, 2 p.m. Sun., Oct. 11 and 7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., Oct. 15-17 in the mainstage theater of the University Commons.

In this poetic drama that uses the structure of a Greek tragedy, a mother from New Jersey roams the hills of Lockerbie, Scotland, looking for her sons's remains, which were lost in the bombing crash of Pan Am flight 103. She meets the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the U.S. Government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane's wreckage. The women, determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim's families.

Heidi Winters Vogel, associate professor of theater, is directing the eight-member cast in the 90-minute play that takes a journey through grief, love and healing.

The Women of LockerbieCast member Braydon Hoover of Elizabethtown, Pa., says of his role in the play, "As I identify more and more with my character, I understand his grief better and how to process my own, especially the loss of my best friend Matt." (Matt Garber, a 2008 EMU graduate also from Elizabethtown, drowned in July that year while on a missions trip in Costa Rica. EMU has created the Matt Garber Endowed Scholarship Fund in his honor.)

Assistant director is Brandon Habron, Fredericksburg, Va.; Jaymie Albright, Macungie, Pa., and Kayla Sasser, Maurertown, stage managers; Phil Grayson, set designer; technical and lighting director, David Vogel; and Malea Gascho, Pigeon, Mich., costume designer.

Tickets and other info

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door, $8 for senior citizens and non-EMU students, $10 at the door and can be purchased from the EMU box office, 540-432-4582 Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., or online via EMU's box office. This production is appropriate for ages 8 and up.