Texas Tech University

School of Theatre & Dance Presents 'Passing'

Cory Norman

October 25, 2018

The drama explores the history of colonialism.


The Texas Tech University School of Theatre & Dance, housed within the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts, will present “Passing” beginning Monday (Oct. 29) through Sunday (Nov. 4). The performances will be held at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the ArtsHelen DeVitt Jones Studio Gallery. Showtimes for the production are 7:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. There will be no performances Friday (Nov. 2).

“Passing” is set on an imagined island ruled by the British empire where ill-matched English expatriates Clara and Sidney live protected lives isolated from the indigenous population. Until a young girl, bloody and brutalized, appears on their property. “Passing” is a poetic and impressionistic drama, confronting the horrors of colonialism and chronicling a history that resists erasure.

“I've been thinking about ‘Passing' for years since I first worked on it with playwright Dipika Guha when we were students at the Yale School of Drama,” said director Jesse Jou, assistant professor of directing for the School of Theatre & Dance. “I love Dipika's very theatrical and poetic writing and her incredibly sharp, and often witty, insight about our world today. ‘Passing' is a surprising, thought-provoking and moving drama that explores how a shocking history resonates with us still today.”

Tickets for “Passing” are $15 for individuals and $5 for students with a valid student ID. Purchase tickets online here. A limited number of free student rush tickets are available for Texas Tech Students. More information is available at (806) 742-3603 or online here.