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Written as a modern take on one of the oldest of the ancient Greek plays, Charles Mee's Big Love is a retelling of the story of three Greek women (and their 47 sisters) who escape from arranged marriages to their cousins, and seek refuge across the sea at an Italian villa. The male cousins arrive from Greece in pursuit of their runaway brides and the brides take desperate measures to escape. A rollercoaster tale of the battle of the sexes full of violent, tragic horrors blended with a sense of playful surrealism of a big wedding gone horribly wrong.
Can a man and a woman move past these battles and all of the cultural expectations that get piled onto a relationship? From the women’s march to the white house, the current state of immigrants' rights, the crisis of refugees and asylum seekers across the world, to the closing of women’s health facilities, this play reflects the contemporary re-negotiation of the relationship between men and women, residents and foreigners.
Allegra Libonati has served for the past 5 years as the Resident Director at the distinguished American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA, associated with Harvard University. This summer she directed the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company production of Romeo and Juliet to strong reviews. She directs musicals, operas, and unique immersive events across the US and internationally. Most recently she devised a new adventure production of Peter Pan playing in Beijing, China. Ms. Libonati also served as Assistant Director for the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of the musical Hair.
April 18-April 21
Dever Stage (Parenzo Hall)
Produced in collaboration with the Department of Music