The Women of Lockerbie opens this week!

Gripping drama to be performed March 9-12
By UW-Waukesha
Women of Lockerbie - cast
Front: Linda Wirth, Savannah Shilkey
Back: Sara Sarna, Lauren Hill

The University of Wisconsin-Waukesha’s theatre department presents The Women of Lockerbie by Deborah Brevoort, a play described by Variety as "A stunning display of raw emotion, a powerhouse drama, a masterful and cathartic experience.”  Performances for The Women of Lockerbie will be held on March 9, 10, and 11 at 7:30 p.m. and on March 12 at 2:00 p.m. in the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on the UW-Waukesha campus, 1500 N. University Drive. UW-Waukesha Associate Professor of Theatre and Communications Steven Decker directs three UW-Waukesha students and five community members, rounded out by a UW-Waukesha student crew of eight.

A mother from New Jersey roams the hills of Lockerbie Scotland, looking for her son’s remains, which were lost in the crash of Pan Am 103. She meets the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane’s wreckage. The women are determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love. A poetic drama about the triumph of love over hate. “This play appealed to me because we do not easily discuss loss in our lives. We believe that grief is difficult and ugly, a burden best borne alone for fear that it might be contagious,” explained Decker.

UW-Parkside costume graduate Jazmin Medina returns as co-costume designer with UW-Waukesha cast member Margot Lange as first time co- designer. Also returning is New York City, guest lighting designing Morgan Brenner whose lighting was featured in past productions Columbinus and The Grand Guignol.  Decker believes it is important to bring in professional designers so students have the experience of working with theatre professionals. He noted, “It is also important that the elements of costume and lighting design paint a picture reflecting the tough as well as beautiful, compassionate and funny women in the midst of their grief.”

Cast members include:

Kelly Pierce, Milwaukee Madeline Livingston

Nick Hurtgen, Pewaukee Bill Livingston

Linda Wirth, West Allis Olive Allison

Sara Sarna, Summit Woman 1

Lauren Hill*, Hales Corners Woman 2

Savannah Shilkey*, Waukesha Woman 3

Margot Lange*, Waukesha Hattie

David Hein, Hartford George Jones

Crew members include:

Steve Decker, Waukesha Director, Producer

Jazmin Medina, Racine Co-Costume Designer

Margot Lange*, Waukesha Co-Costume Designer

Olivia Springsteen*, Waukesha Wardrobe Assistant

Morgan Brenner, New York City Lighting Instruction & Consultant

Nicole Krickhahn*, Oconomowoc Lighting Design, Stage Manager

Jacob Schindelholtz*, Waukesha Lighting Crew and Technical Assistant

Jack Carter*, Waukesha Audio Engineer, Production Crew

Jackson Wolfe*, Waukesha Sound Design, Scenic Artist

Adam Jermain, Madison Master Electrician and Technical Assistance

Kat Schell*, Eagle Co-Scenic Design, Production Crew

Joseph Jenna*, Waukesha Stage Effects & Master Carpenter

Bethany Kreiter, Waukesha Box Office Manager

Candace Decker, Waukesha Marketing & Promotions

Kyle Kingston, Denver Poster & Program

* Current UW-Waukesha Student


Tickets are free to UW-Waukesha students, $12 adults, $10 students (and child price) & seniors over 65. Tickets may be reserved by calling the box office at 262-521-5212 or purchased at the door the day of the performance. Box office opens one hour before curtain. All seating is general admission. Parking is free.

About the Lunt Fontanne Ensemble: Each year, the UW-Waukesha Lunt-Fontanne Ensemble presents a wide variety of productions. As a college theatre program, education is the primary goal, and shows are produced in a variety of genres.

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Women of Lockerbie



Steven Decker