UNT’s production of The Memory Project preserves memories of WWII generation

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 12:51


What: “The Memory Project,” devised by UNT students under the direction of Mara Richards Bim, presented by the University of North Texas Department of Dance and Theatre

When: Feb. 28 (Thursday) - March 3 (Sunday) see website for specific showtimes

Where: Studio Theater, Radio Television Film and Performing Arts Building, 1179 Union Circle, Denton

Cost: Tickets cost $12.50 for students, UNT faculty/staff, UNT alumni and seniors and $15 for adults. Audience members can purchase tickets at the box office, which is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday and one hour before each performance, at the Radio Television Film and Performing Arts Building. For more information, call 940-565-2428 or visit the Department of Dance and Theatre box office online.

More information: Visit UNT’s transportation services website to learn more about parking, including new rules. Patrons have two options for parking:
1.) ADA/handicapped patrons may park directly east of the Radio, Television, Film and Performing Arts Building in Lot 50 in the designated spaces.
2.) Patrons may pay to park through the app ParkMobile in the Union Circle Parking Garage at 350 Welch St. in Denton.

Background: The “Memory Project” is a production devised by UNT students and directed by Mara Richards Bim, the artistic director of Cry Havoc Theater Company in Dallas and explores the stories of individuals who were children during World War II, and the impact technology has had on the imaginative play of later generations.

Richards Bim and the cast interviewed men and women who were born between 1920 and 1940. They transcribed the interviews and researched the time period to create an original script that captures a time before cell phones and other technologies; a time that was simpler, but not necessarily kinder.

Richards Bim says the group interviewed people who knew Albert Einstein and Jackie Robinson personally. They talked with someone who escaped Nazi Germany, but whose extended family did not. Another interviewee was a little girl in Honolulu and remembers the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the aftermath. A former newspaper reporter was in a theater when police discovered Lee Harvey Oswald hiding there and took him into custody after the assassination of President Kennedy. Richards Bim hopes the play will inspire audiences to take the time to share and document stories that may otherwise be lost.

Media interested in interviews and photo/video opportunities with director, cast and participants should contact Kris Muller at kris.muller@unt.edu or 281-704-7739.

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