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SWOSU to present 'Where Words Once Were' Nov. 16-19

WEATHERFORD — Southwestern Oklahoma State University Theatre will present the Oklahoma premier of "Where Words Once Were" by Finegan Kruckemeyer Saturday through Tuesday.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Monday and Tuesday in the SWOSU Hilltop Theatre. A matinee will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is free with a valid SWOSU I.D., $5 for adults and $3 for non-SWOSU students.

For reservations, contact the SWOSU Hilltop Theatre Box Office from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday at 580-774-6046.

The playwright said that he was invited to write a play in which language was the main character. He created a dystopian society where language is controlled by limiting the vocabulary of “The City” to 1,000 words. When a new word is needed, an old word is banned from the language.

Steve Strickler of the SWOSU department said the play is an incredible and beautiful lesson in the power of words. Through the use of literary devices such as anagrams, palindromes and homonyms, the playwright uses the language to communicate a message.