01/21/2015 09:51 AM
BATON ROUGE – LSU Theatre’s Lab Season presents a production of Charles Mee’s “Big Love,” with performances slated for Feb. 10-15 in the Studio Theater, located in the LSU Music & Dramatic Arts Building on Dalrymple Drive.\
Fifty brides flee their 50 grooms and seek refuge in a villa on the coast of Italy
in this modern re-making of one of the western world's oldest plays, “The Danaids”
by Aeschylus. In this villa on the Italian coast, the grooms catch up with the brides
and mayhem ensues – the grooms arriving by helicopter in their flight suits, women
throwing themselves over and over again to the ground, pop songs and romantic dances
and, finally unable to escape their forced marriages, 49 of the brides murder 49 of
the grooms-and one bride falls in love.
Mee has written “Big Love,” “True Love and First Love”; “bobrauschenbergamerica,” “Hotel Cassiopeia; Orestes 2.0, Trojan Women: A Love Story; and“Summertime and Wintertime,” among other plays – all of them available on the Internet at www.charlesmee.org and through a free iPhone app. His plays have been performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, American Repertory Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, the Public Theatre, Lincoln Center, the Humana Festival, Steppenwolf and other places in the United States as well as in Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, London, Brussels, Vienna, Istanbul and elsewhere. Among other awards, he is the recipient of the gold medal for lifetime achievement in drama from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and of the Richard B. Fisher Award. He is also the author of a number of books on history, and the former editor-in-chief of Horizon magazine, a magazine of history, art, literature and the fine arts. His work is made possible by the support of Jeanne Donovan Fisher and Richard B. Fisher.
Directed by Evleen Nasir, performance of “Big Love” will take place at 7:30 p.m. each night from Feb. 1-14, with performances at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15. Tickets are $10 each and can only be purchased at the door. All dates and times are subject to change.
“Big Love” is supported by the LSU Performing Arts Fee.
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LSU Department of Theatre & Swine Palace
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Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2015