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Texas Tech Graduate Student Produces Play

David Gay

March 22, 2018

"If a Door Opens, A Journey with Frances Perkins" opens Friday (March 23).

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Dori Bosnyak, a graduate student in the Texas Tech University School of Theatre & Dance, is an executive producer for a production of “If a Door Opens, A Journey with Frances Perkins,” a one-woman show about Frances Perkins, the first female member of a presidential cabinet and the visionary behind the New Deal.

The performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (March 23-24) and at 2 p.m. Sunday (March 25). at the Lubbock Community Theatre,4232 Boston Ave.

Bosnyak said she read the script for the play and fell in love with the female voice it represents.

“If a Door Opens, A Journey with Frances Perkins” is an important play, she added, especially in today's world. Perkins helped lead the cause of gender equality and helped enact the Social Security Act.

Dori Bosnyak
Dori Bosnyak

“Frances Perkins is a pioneer in women's history as the first woman in a presidential cabinet and as the longest serving U.S. Secretary of Labor,” Bosnyak said. “Playwright Charlotte Keefe did an outstanding job, making sure Frances Perkins' voice can be heard loud and clear throughout the play.”

Bosnyak said it is important for this play to be performed in Lubbock because of its one-woman nature. She wanted to help bring that format to a West Texas audience.

As the play's executive producer, Bosnyak said she learned about the need of communication and organizational skills behind a production like this, especially with a production that was already successful in Lubbock; it had a sold-out run in 2013.

“This production was unique in the sense there were multiple parties involved that needed constant communication between them,” Bosnyak said. “As a student, organizational and communication skills are essential to develop, and this project certainly helped me improve on these skills.”

Bosnyak said this play will give great insight into the development of the New Deal as well as politics and the women's movement in general.

Tickets can be reserved on the play's website, by calling (806) 445-6996 or at the door. Tickets include a reception after each performance with refreshments and an opportunity to meet the actress Charlotte Keefe. Tickets are $30 and will support Texas Democratic Women of the South Plains.

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