Marjorie Lyons Playhouse, 318-869-5242
Marjorie Lyons Playhouse Announces Dates, Cast for Pride's Crossing
directs Centenary students, alumni, and community members
SHREVEPORT, LA -- Centenary
College's Marjorie Lyons Playhouse has announced performance dates and
cast member for its upcoming production of Tina Howe's Pride's Crossing.
Performances will be
held Feb. 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 18 at 2 p.m., with a
special preview at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 7. Preview tickets are
$5 each. Regular performance tickets are $13 for adults, $11 for
senior citizens, $8 for students and children 12 and under, $6.
The box office will
be open from 12 to 4 p.m. starting Feb. 1. Tickets may also be reserved
for the play by calling 318-869-5242. Performances are free to Centenary
faculty, staff, and students.
The play is about Mable
Tidings Bigelow, who at 90 insists on celebrating her daughter and granddaughter's
annual visit with an archaic croquet party. As the 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
A vibrant portrait
of Mabel takes shape: her flashes of wit and humor, resilience, disappointments,
youthful spunk and geriatric willfulness. 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.
However, her willfulness did not extend to rejecting a socially ideal fiancée
who has received Times Drama Awards for best director for Picasso
at the Lapin Agile, Funny Girl, and 42nd Street, directs Pride's
Crossing. The play won the 1998 New York Drama Critics Award for Best
American Play. Don Hooper, winner of numerous TDA's for technical
productions, designs the set and lights. Katie Coffman is the assistant
to the director and stage manager.
Anne Gremillion, cast
as Mabel, was last seen at MLP in The Diary of Anne Frank.
She has received five TDA's for her performances in Vivat! Vivat!
Regina, Sweet Bird of Youth, The Heiress, Private Lives and All
The Way Home.
Seva May plays Maud
Tidings, Mabel's mother. Seva has received four TDA's for her performances
in Evita, Chicago, Funny Girl and The Little Mermaid and
was last seen at MLP in Nine.
In his MLP debut, Patrick
Maxey plays Gus Tidings, Mabel's father. He was last seen in the Peter
Pan Players production of Aladdin.
Zac Lupo and J.W. Steves
play Mabel's brothers, Frazier and Phineas Tidings. Lupo, a theatre major,
was last seen at MLP in Dracula. Steves, a math major and theater
minor, was in the recent production of As Bees in Honey Drown.
Heather Peak plays
Julia Renoir, Mabel's granddaughter. Heather received a TDA
for her performance as Caliban in The Tempest and received nominations
for her work in The Devils and Lips Together, Teeth Apart.
She was last seen in MLP in As Bees in Honey Drown.
Jessica Maxey, last
seen at MLP in Coastal Disturbances, plays Minty Renoir, Mabel's
great-granddaughter. She was in the recent Peter Pan Players production
of Aladdin and received a TDA nomination as Jimminy Cricket in Pinocchio.
Vanessa Keller plays
Vita Bright, Mabel's housekeeper. Vanessa has received two TDA nominations
for her work in Picasso at the Lapin Agile and 42nd Street. She recently
appeared in MLP productions of As Bees in Honey Drown and Nine.
Briggs Mobley, a junior
at Caddo Magnet High School, makes his MLP debut as West Bright, the housekeeper’s
son. He appeared in East Bank Theatre's production of Hyman
plays Mary O'Neill, Mabel's Irish cook. She won a TDA for her performance
in A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur and received nominations for
her work in Fiddler on the Roof, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Painting
Churches. She was seen last season in Shreveport Little Theatre's production
of Steel Magnolias.
Abbey Broussard plays
Mary's daughter, Pru. She was nominated for a TDA for her performance
in last season's production of How I Learned to Drive.
Mabel's aged friends
Robert Buseick, Dot Hall, Patricia Peyton and Patrick Leray play Chandler
Coffin, Kitty Lowell, Pinky Wheelock and Wheels Wheelock. Buseick received
a TDA nomination for his performance in Picasso at the Lapin Agile and
is chairman of the Theatre/Speech/Dance Department at Centenary. Dot Hall
has received two TDA's for her performances in Foxfire and Anastasia,
both at East Bank. Patrica Peyton and Partrick Leray are both making their
MLP debuts. Leray was in the recent Peter Pan Players production
Josh Talley plays the
younger version of Chandler Coffin. Talley is a junior theatre major at
Centenary and most recently appeared in Gross Indecency: The Three Trials
of Oscar Wilde.
Patrick Kirton plays
Porter Bigelow, Mabel's husband. He received a TDA nomination for his performance
in The Subject was Roses at East Bank. He was in the MLP production
of 42nd Street.
Josh Porter plays David
Bloom, Mabel's trainer for her swim across the English Channel. Porter
has appeared this season in As Bees in Honey Drown and Gross
Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde. Porter received a TDA nomination
for his performance in Grand Hotel.
Jim Montgomery is the
voice-over for Dr. Peabody and has won TDAs for The Diary of Anne Frank,
Peter Pan, A Little Night Music and The Heiress.
Molly Melancon performs
the voice-over for Emma Bigelow, Mabel's daughter. Melancon
was in the MLP production of How I Learned to Drive and was in the
recent Peter Pan Players production of Aladdin.
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