BIG LOVE by Charles Mee
An idyllic Italian villa's evening is shattered. From Greece, 50 brides
flee an arranged marriage, seeking asylum from their Italian neighbors.
The 50 jilted grooms pursue in this modern re-making of one of the
western world's oldest plays, The Suppliant Women by Aeschylus.
Representing their 47 brothers and 47 sisters, three women and three men
stake a claim to their destiny. Muscular and delightful, bracing and
heart-breaking, funny and excessive, BIG LOVE exposes the magnitude of
our feelings when desire and freedom collide. BIG LOVE (re)makes the
myth and exposes the collisions that happen at the intersection of human
relationships. It asks "Who are we willing to help?" and "What is the
cost of freedom?"
BIG LOVE marks Devon Allen's Portland premier. Allen is an award winning actor who has joined the faculty of the Department of Theater Arts Faculty this year to head the Acting program. She is the Artistic Director of OUR SHOES ARE RED PERFORMANCE LAB (relocating at PSU) and has previously taught at NYU, Duke, Muhlenberg College, and UCSD.
Direction: Devon Allen
Scenic & Lighting Design: Glenn Gauer
Costume Design: Sandra Zodnik
Choreography: Carolyn Holzman
Low Cost Preview: Thursday, May 25, 7:30 p.m.
Performances: Friday - Saturday, May 26-27, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 28, 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday - Saturday, May 31 - June 3, 7:30 p.m.
BIG LOVE, A "pay what you can" affair in conjunction w/the Oregon Food Bank:
Bring two cans of food or cash donation to the performance on Wednesday, May 31, 2006, 7:30 p.m. Cash proceeds benefit PSU Department of Theater Arts. For information call the PSU Box Office: 503-725-3307. Preferred items include: peaner butter, canned beans, canned meats, canned fruits, canned vegetables, soup, stew, chili. *No glass please!
Where: Lincoln Performance Hall (1620 SW Park)
Low Cost Preview (May 25 only): $3.50
PSU Students at the Door $4.00 (1/2 hr before performance)
PSU Staff/Seniors/Other Students - $8.50*
General Admission - $9.50*
*Includes Service Charge
Tickets may be purchased at the PSU Box Office (503) 725-3307 or through Ticketmaster
Presented by the Department of Theater Arts and Drama Productions-ASPSU & OUR SHOES ARE RED PERFORMANCE LAB
OUR SHOES ARE RED/THE PERFORMANCE LAB (currently forming in-residence at
PSU) is a professional performance force that unites exceptional young
talent with experienced professionals. The lab engages in extensive
research, dense collaboration, and innovative rehearsal techniques to
develop new work, examine the classics, and produce great writers. Lab
members are based in Portland, Manhattan, Philadelphia, Christ's Church,
Florence, London, Los Angeles, and Chicago and come together to make art.