An avant-garde play about the power of love is being staged at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
“Big Love,” a modern version of a centuries-old Greek play, will be performed in Jenkins Theatre in the Noel Fine Arts Center, 1800 Portage St., at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2, and Thursday through Saturday, March 7–9. A 2 p.m. matinee will be performed Sunday, March 3.
Admission is $17 for adults, $16 for senior citizens and $12 for students. Tickets are available at the Information and Tickets Office in the Dreyfus University Center, http://tickets.uwsp.edu, or by calling 715-346-4100 or 800-838-3378. Due to adult situations and strong language, the play is for mature audiences.
Updated by playwright Charles Mee, “Big Love” tells the story of 50 runaway brides pledged to 50 grooms and the trouble that ensues. According to director Tyler Marchant, assistant professor of theatre, the setting is reminiscent of a Greek amphitheater but the costumes are modern and the actors play a big part in revealing their environment.
“This is a world where anything can happen, so the audience needs to come armed with their imagination,” said Marchant. “The playwright uses songs, dance, musical scores, chanting and theatrical movement combined with dialogue to express ideas about sexual politics and how men and women really feel about relationships,” he said.
“I fell in love with this play because I think there are some great human truths spoken that most people don’t say out loud,” said Marchant. “Ultimately, it’s about the power of love and one’s ability to choose love.”