BETHANY, W.Va. - Bethany College Theatre has announced the start to the 2007-08 season with the Amphitheatre production of Deborah Brevoort’s “The Women of Lockerbie.”
“The Women of Lockerbie” is loosely based on a true incident that followed the crash of Pan Am 103. Katie Orwing, sophomore Visual Arts major from Monongah, W.Va., plays Madeline, a mother from New Jersey who is looking for her son’s remains that were lost in the crash.

While on her search Madeline meets the women of Lockerbie who are fighting the United States government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane’s wreckage. Determined to turn an act of hate into an act of love, they want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim’s families.

The women of Lockerbie are played by freshman Communication major, Marcie Zampini of Northeast, Md.; sophomore Education major Maggie Solusby, from Chardon, Ohio; sophomore Theatre major Lydia Lavin of Jackson Heights, N.Y.; and senior Spanish major Sally Mellring of Cochrantown, Pa.

Other members of the cast include freshman Political Science and Theatre major Evan Oslund, from Pittsburgh, Pa. who is cast as Madeline’s husband; and senior Psychology major Ryan Darrow of Richmond, Ohio, cast as George Jones, the United States government official who obstructs the women’s efforts.

This production will also mark the debut of Bethany College Theatre’s new Designer/Technical Director, Tracie Lynn Duncan.

Duncan’s assistants include Orwig; Johnna Valenti, sophomore Education major, from Avella, Pa.; Freshman Devon Farris, from Midland, Pa.; Beth Patsch, senior Visual Arts major from Weirton, W.Va.; Shane Buydasz, sophomore Visual Arts major from Canonsburg, Pa.; Megan Areford, junior Social Work major from Waynesburg, Pa.; Whitney Riddel, senior Education major from St. Clairsville, Ohio; and Stephanie Dike, freshman Pre-Veterinary major from Springfield, Va.

The stage manager for the production is Megan Valentino, a Theatre Production major from North Jackson, Ohio. The play is under the direction of Luke Hardt, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts-Theatre.

The show opens on September 20 at 6 p.m. and will run through September 23, concluding with a 2 p.m. performance. The show will take place in the outdoor Amphitheatre, weather permitting, and the audience is advised to bring a lawn chair or blanket.