|Marjorie Lyons Playhouse at Centenary College Announces
SHREVEPORT, LA -- Marjorie
Lyons Playhouse at Centenary College of Louisiana will present seven productions
during the 2000-2001 season.
THE THREE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE by
Moises Kaufman; Director: Robert Buseick; Dates: Sept. 21, 22, 23,
28, 29, 30 and Oct. 1
About the play:
Winner of the 1997 New York Drama Critics Circle Award,
and the Obie Award
for Best Play, GROSS INDECENCY uses trial transcripts, personal correspondence,
interviews and other source materials to tell the story of the downfall
of the great man of letters, Oscar Wilde, whose artistic genius has long
been overshadowed by the scandal surrounding his imprisonment for acts
of "gross indecency". Written by Moises Kaufman, this drama examines
Wilde at the height of his fame, when he chose to sue his lover's father
for slander. Thus began Wilde's descent from the most celebrated
playwright in the English language to a condemned and broken man.
AS BEES IN HONEY
DROWN, a comedy by Douglas Carter Bean; Director: Patric McWilliams;
Dates: Nov. 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 and 19
About the play: A smash off-Broadway hit, AS BEES IN HONEY
DROWN, has at its center a self-invented socialite/con woman, Alexa
Vere De Vere. A campy diva who claims Auntie Mame as her chief inspiration,
Aleya is a self-described promoter of rock stars who's now in the market
for an even greater dose of exploitation. When she sees a magazine
photo of a young novelist named Evan Wyler, Alexa is certain she's found
her prey. Tracking him down, Alexa wines and dines Wyler, creating
visions of fame and fortune in his head. What he doesn't know is
that Alexa is not at all who she says she is and his life is about to change
in ways he never thought possible.
an original musical cabaret by Brian Bradley; Directors: Robert Buseick
and Patric McWilliams; Dates: Dec. 7, 8, 9 and 10
cabaret: Marjorie Lyons Playhouse follows up its enthusiastically
received TONY TUNES from last season with the premiere of the musical
cabaret, ROMANTIC NOTIONS, a joyous and tuneful celebration of romance
and love. ROMANTIC NOTIONS chronicles the romantic relationships
of several couples, from the first blush of love to marriage and beyond,
through a song cycle culled from many of the greatest Broadway love songs
and it offers a holiday season songfest.
Tina Howe; Director: Patric McWilliams;
Dates: Feb. 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 and 18, 2001
play: At 90, Mabel Tidings Bigelow, insists on celebrating her
daughter and granddaughter's annual visit with an archaic croquet party.
As this acclaimed drama unfolds, Mabel relives her past in vignettes, subtly
interweaving past and present to reveal the moments of opportunity lost
and love rejected that define her life. Bit by bit, a vibrant portrait
of Mabel takes shape. Her Boston blue-blood family expected daughters
to applaud from the sidelines, but Mabel had her shining moment when she
became the first woman to swim the English Channel.
THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN
McDonagh; Director: Robert Buseick; Dates: March 29, 30, 31, and April
5, 6, 7 and 8, 2001
play: With this uproariously funny yet bleak play, Martin McDonagh
fills the promise of his Tony Award-winning, THE BEAUTY OF QUEEN OF
LEENANE. In 1934, the people of Inishmaan learn that a Hollywood
director is coming to a neighboring island to film a documentary.
No one is more excited than Cripple Billy, an unloved boy whose chief occupation
has been gazing at cows and yearning for a girl who wants no part of him.
Billy is determined to cross the sea and audition for the Yank. As
the news of his audacity ripples through his community, THE CRIPPLE
OF INISHMAAN becomes a portrayal of a world where hope is an affront
to its order.
ART, a comedy
by Yasmina Reza; Director: Robert Buseick; Dates: May 24, 25, 26 and 31
and June 1, 2 and 3, 2001
About the play:
How much would you pay for a white painting? Would it matter who
the painter was? Would it be art? One of Marc's best friends,
Serge, has just bought a very expensive all-white painting. To Marc,
the painting is a joke but Serge insists Marc doesn't have the proper
standard to judge the work. Another friend, Ivan, allows himself
to be pulled into the disagreement. Lines are drawn and these old
friends square off over the canvas, using it as an excuse to relentlessly
batter one another over various failures. ART was the winner
of the 1998 Tony Award for Best Play.
Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb, Book by Joe Masteroff; Director:
Robert Buseick; Dates: July 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 and 22, 2001
About the musical:
A classic of the American Musical Theatre, CABARET is the well-known
story of Sally Bowles, a young, not-too-talented headliner at the Kit Kat
Club in 1930's Berlin. This musical was given a radically rethought
revision in 1998, adding songs from the acclaimed movie version.
The score contains some of musical theatre's best known songs: "Maybe
This Time," "Money Makes The World Go Round", "Willkommen" and, of
course, the title number.
are on sale at the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse Box Office, corner of Wilkinson
and Woodlawn Streets, or by writing to Theatre Department, Season 2000-2001,
Centenary College, 2911 Centenary Blvd., Shreveport, Louisiana 71134-1188.
Season tickets are priced at $85 each and include a single ticket for each
of the season's productions.
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