Come enjoy an evening in the town of Lockerbie Scotland with Highland Community College’s latest production, The Women of Lockerbie, playing on the main stage Nov. 8-10 in Culbertson Auditorium. Performances are Thursday, Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets as always are FREE.
In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was destroyed by a terrorist bombing. The plane crashed into residential areas of Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 257 passengers and crew on board, and 11 people on the ground. Set seven years after the attack, The Women of Lockerbie is the fictional account of a couple from New Jersey who has come to the rolling hills surrounding Lockerbie to honor the anniversary of their son’s death aboard the flight. They meet a group of women who are fighting the U.S. government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the wreckage. The women, determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim’s families. A poetic drama about a community’s response to terrible suffering, Lockerbie celebrates the triumph of love and connection.
Thirty years after the terror bombing of an airliner that crashed in Lockerbie, Scotland, Highland Community College’s theater program presents the play, The Women of Lockerbie, which explores the grief and lasting impact left in the wake of the crash.
This play by celebrated playwright Deborah Brevoort—recipient of the Onassis International Playwriting Award for New Plays—is based on events surrounding the terrorist bombing of flight Pan Am 103, which crashed in the town of Lockerbie, Scotland just days before Christmas 1988.
The college’s stage production pays homage to the heart and humanity of the Scottish people by depicting the efforts of a U.S. mother who roams the hills looking for her son’s remains while the Lockerbie women support her and her husband while also seeking to wash thousands of pieces of clothing from the wreckage as an act of “cleansing.” The U.S. government refuses to release the clothes but the women battled back through the media.
In the words of the play: “When evil comes into the world it is the job of the witness to turn it to love.”
This production is directed by HCC Professor Sam Smith with 15 student actors and technicians. The chorus of women from the village serves as a connection to the audience to communicate various aspects of the aural and scenic atmosphere in support of this theatrical journey.
The student cast of “The Women of Lockerbie is Ray Clark of Leavenworth; Beth Streit of Seneca: Kaden Elliott of Belleville; Paige Collins of Osawatomie; Taye Polk of Tupelo, MS; Stephanie Babella of Geneva NE: Breaira Bergstresser of Rossville; with Samantha Edwards of Sabetha and Alex McClary of Savannah, MO serving as the understudies. Backstage and technical assistance is provided by Jesse Hazelton of Meriden; Aedan Martinez of Kansas City; DW Snook of Mayetta; Jessica Greenwood of Morrowville; Garret Davis of Horton; Rowan Crespo of Wathena.