Department of Theatre

UNCW Theatre Presents Diana of Dobson's

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 NY 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 rights in the UK to be followed by the same in the US, it feels like the right time for Diana to reemerge and to potentially contemplate how far we have come.

Diana of Dobson's will run September 26-29 and October 3-6 on the Mainstage Theatre in UNCW’s Cultural Arts Building. Show times on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday are at 8pm, and Sunday performances are at 2pm.

Tickets for Diana of Dobson's are $15 for the general public, $12 for seniors, UNCW Alum, and UNCW Faculty and Staff, and $6 for students. Tickets are available for purchase at the Kenan Box Office on UNCW’s campus, by calling 910.962.3500, or online at their website, https://uncw.edu/arts/tickets.html. Tickets can also be bought in person an hour before the show on show dates.