Theatre Presents "Diana of Dobson’s"

Thursday, September 26

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First in the lineup of the UNCW Department of Theatre’s 2019-20 season is Diana of Dobson’s.
Written by Cicely Hamilton 
Directed by Robin Post
Sept. 26-29 & Oct. 3-6

Suffragist, actress and playwright, Cicely Hamilton, was a woman ahead of her time. In 1908 she founded the Women’s Writer’s Suffrage League in the UK and her play, Diana of Dobson’s, had its London premiere. The play had an extended run in London and New York and portrays a woman of means, who after being left penniless by her deceased father, finds herself living the life of a “shop-girl” – a form of bonded slavery. She realizes that choices for women are ridiculously limited and after receiving an unexpected sum of money, takes an intentional journey of extravagance while testing what she believes to be the disparities of men and women and the power dynamic that society seems to support. Diana of Dobson’s is a romantic comedy tinged with an edginess that tends toward caustic and sardonic. The play has a wisdom way ahead of its time, making it relatable and relevant. Having just celebrated the 100-year anniversary of women's rights in the UK to be followed by the same in the U.S., it feels like the right time for Diana to reemerge and to potentially contemplate how far we have come.

Tickets are $15 for the general public; $12 for seniors, UNCW employees and alumni; and $6 for students (sales tax included). They are available at the Kenan Box Office, by calling 910.962.3500 or online. Tickets can also be purchased in person one hour prior to each show. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.