Big Love by Charles Mee, October 11-21
Fifty brides flee their fifty grooms and arrive as refugees in a villa on the coast of Italy in this modern re-making of one of the western world's oldest plays, The Suppliants by Aeschylus. This dark comedy explores human rights abuses, gender politics, domestic violence and love.
American playwright Charles Mee is noted for his radical reconstruction of found texts: “I wanted to go back to what some people thought was one of the earliest plays of the Western World, which is The Suppliant Women, and see how that would look today. See if it still spoke to the moment, and of course it does. It’s all about refugees and gender wars and men and women trying to find what will get them through the rubble of dysfunctional relationships, and anger and rage and heartache. ...You know, unlike so much drama on television, where there’s a small misunderstanding at the top of the hour that you know is going to be resolved before the final commercial break. The Greeks start with matricide, fratricide..."
Directed by professor Kate Kohler Amory.
FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY
October 11–13 and October 18-20
Sunday, October 21
Callan Studio Theatre
$15 general/$10 students and seniors
Free with Salem State student ID
Purchase tickets online at salemstatetickets.com
Speech communication will host a pre-show event: Love and Marriage: The Rules Have Changed, Thursday, October 18 at 6:30 pm.