(April 1, 2011)

Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073

Big Love takes the stage at MLP April 14-17

SHREVEPORT, La. (Centenary News Service) — From the imaginings of one of today's most exciting contemporary playwrights comes the groundbreaking play Big Love by Charles L. Mee. This fearlessly physical production showcases a circus act of elements that defies the boundaries of conventional theatre and directly engages the audience to examine issues of sexuality, gender equality, and, of course, love.

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The plot follows the story of 50 brides as they flee to Italy on their wedding day to escape their arranged marriages. The action focuses in on three brides and three grooms as they engage in a heated battle of the sexes ending in a chaotic blend of murder and true love.

Directed by faculty member Emily Heugatter, Big Love is a bold, funny, and provocative production that relies on the tightly knit ensemble cast of Sandy Rather, Abby Presswood, Chelsea David, Lauren Morrison, Natasha Sebeyran, Barry James Acosta, David Fitzgibbons, Scott Gibbs, Jacob Bates, Josh Rabalais, Emily Hay, Amanda Spangler, and Tara Watson.

Charles Mee's explosive modern day retelling of the ancient Greek myth of the Danaids aggressively challenges accepted stereotypes of love and commitment. Ideas ricochet through the theatre like a shotgun blast and will continue to reverberate in the minds of the audience long after the curtain falls.

Big Love opens at the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse on April 14 and runs for one weekend only with performances April 14, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. and April 17 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and military, and $10 for children under 12 and non-Centenary College students. Free admission with valid Centenary College ID.

Reservations are also accepted by calling the box office at 318.869.5242. Tickets can also be reserved at Marjorie Lyons Playhouse box office, located on Wilkinson Street between Woodlawn and Alexander, from April 1115 from noon until 4 p.m.

IF YOU GO

What: Big Love
When: 8 p.m. Thursday, Apr 14 through Saturday, Apr 16; 2 p.m. Sunday, Apr 17, Marjorie Lyons Playhouse, 2700 Woodlawn Ave., Shreveport
Admission $10 to $15
Information: 318-869-5242

Preview

Cast

  • Sandy Rather
  • Abby Presswood
  • Chelsea David
  • Lauren Morrison
  • Natasha Sebeyran
  • Natasha Sebeyran
  • Barry James Acosta
  • David Fitzgibbons
  • Scott Gibbs
  • Jacob Bates
  • Josh Rabalais
  • Emily Hay
  • Amanda Spangler
  • Tara Watson
  • Directed by Emily Heugatter


About Centenary College of Louisiana

Centenary College is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and has been recognized as "One of the Best 371 Colleges" by the Princeton Review and one of "America's Best Colleges" and one of "America's Best Private Colleges" by Forbes.com. In 2008 Centenary College celebrated 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City.

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