Southeastern Theatre to present “Big Love” in unusual venue
Friday, October 22, 2021
by: Tonya Lowentritt
SOUTHEASTERN THEATRE PRODUCTION TO BE HELD IN PARKING GARAGE – Members of the cast rehearse for the upcoming Southeastern Theatre production of “Big Love” Nov. 10 and 11. The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. in the Strawberry Stadium Parking Garage.
HAMMOND – Due to damage to Vonnie Borden Theatre brought on by Hurricane Ida,
the Southeastern Louisiana University Theatre Department is presenting their latest
production in a rather unconventional venue. “Big Love,” a dark, romantic comedy by
American playwright Charles Mee, will be presented in the Strawberry Stadium Parking
Garage Nov. 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m.
“The parking garage is a fantastic fit for Mee’s raucous, dark, romantic comedy,” said Anne-Liese Fox, Southeastern theatre faculty member and the play’s director. “This production features an all-student design team, production team and a cast of 13 Southeastern students. Admission is free for all. We don’t want our community to miss out on this.”
The play is based on what is considered the oldest surviving play – Aeschylus’ “The Suppliants.” Mee’s adaptation is a contemporary take where fifty brides flee to a manor in Italy to avoid marrying their fifty Greek-American cousins, Fox explained. While the brides and grooms wait for their wedding day, the characters raise issues of gender politics, love, and violence.
Members of the cast include Dominic Arcuri of Killian, Trinity Jacques, Keenen Gillum and Sable Diaz of Slidell, Rayna Myers of Tickfaw, Shelby Grantham of Baton Rouge, Isaiah Smith and Zoe Burns of Kenner, Lauren Price and Robert Alsbury of Denham Springs, Kevin Thompson of Amite, Miguel Garcia of Marrero, and Anthony Addotta of LaPlace.
The production crew includes Sydney Salassi of Livingston as costume designer, Mina Perkins of Covington as scenic designer, and Adrian Cote of Hammond as lighting designer.
For more information about the production and Southeastern Theatre’s 2021-22 season, visit southeastern.edu/theatre.