Posted by Liam O'Kennedy October 9, 2012 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by Salem State University:
Salem State begins its theater season with award-winning play Big Love by Charles Mee on Thursday, Oct. 11. The contemporary play tells the story of 50 brides who flee to a small minor in Italy to escape marrying their grooms. Inspired by Greek playwright Aeschylus’ The Suppliants, the play tackles large issues like gender politics, violence and, of course, how love affects us.
Assistant Professor of Movement and Acting and Director Kate Kohler Amory, who has been described as “fantastic” and “really helps with the creative process” said, “The play is about how hard it is to have a gender identity in 2012. I mean, the only character in a big wedding dress is the gay guy. And I promise it will be spectacular.”
Luke David Young, who is originally from Ireland and was in Salem State’s Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Underpants as well as large production films Here Goes the Boom, Ted and Moonrise Kingdom, plays alpha-male Constantine. Young said, “The play is really about love and the question ‘does love matter?’ My character wants love but he’s been promised to one woman. So when the only love he’s allowed himself to think he could love says no, it breaks him.”
Opening night is Thursday, Oct. 11 with curtain at 7:30 p.m. in the Callan Studio Theater. Additional performances are October 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. and October 21 at 2 p.m. in the Callan Studio. Tickets are $15 for general and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased online at salemstatetickets.com or by calling 978.542.7890.