WSU Theatre presents play based on children’s book

The WSU Theatre Program will present “Dragonwings,” a play directed by Benjamin Gonzales and based on the Newbery-award winning children’s book written by Laurence Yep, Feb. 8-11.

All performances will be at Daggy Hall’s Jones Theatre at 8 p.m., with a matinee showing Feb. 11 at 2 p.m.

Yep brings this story alive with his own adaptation of the original work. A Chinese-American, Yep writes realistic fiction, science fiction and fantasy for children and adults. His other works include the “Golden Mountain Chronicles” series and “The Chinatown Mysteries.”

The play takes place at the turn of the 20th century (1906-1926) and explores the challenges Chinese immigrants had while trying to make a life for themselves in a new world. The story follows Windrider and Moonshadow, who together, inspired by their dreams and the Wright Brothers, build a flying machine to once again race amongst the clouds.

Gonzales graduated with a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts and is pursuing a master’s degree in education. He has been an instructor for three years.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $7.50 for seniors and $5 for WSU students with ID. The Daggy Hall Box Office is open for ticket sales from 2-5 p.m. the week of the performance and an hour before curtain.

Reservations can be made by calling the ticket office at (509) 335-7236 or e-mail to

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