by Charles Mee
directed by Michelle Milne
The Goshen College Theater Department’s Think For Yourself season continues with an engaging play that brings together the heart, mind and soul. Big Love, written by Charles Mee and directed by Michelle Milne, is a whimsical, contemporary take on an ancient Greek play that includes romance, refugees, and revenge.
Fifty sisters seek asylum from a contract made by their father when they were infants, who promised them in marriage to their fifty cousins. The women point out that they weren’t consulted when the contract was made; the men claim that a contract is a contract. A wide range of opinions are put forth, and pleas are made by both sides to their Italian hosts.
The play is both fast-moving and thought-provoking. It incorporates humor, absurdity, extreme physicality, stereotypes, opposing ideologies, violence, and intimacy. Big Love raises questions about responsibility to others, responsibility to ourselves, and obligations to tradition/authority. Love wins out in the end, but it comes at a tragic price, and it reminds us that true love ultimately is chosen, each person for her or himself.
Performance dates and times were as follows:
Fri, Oct. 30 at 8:00 p.m.
Sat, Oct. 31 at 8:00 p.m.
Sun, Nov. 1 at 3:00 p.m.
Fri, Nov. 6 at 8:00 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 7 at 3:00 p.m. (note: matinee)
Sun, Nov. 8 at 3:00 p.m.
Contact: Doug L Caskey, phone (574) 535-7393, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Big Love by Charles Mee 2009
Lyndia Brittany Lentz
Olympia Beth Glick
Thyona Emily Bowman
Bella Angie Noah
Eleanor Vanessa Hofer
Piero Adriel Santiago
Giuliano Patrick Ressler
Constantine Phil Stoesz
Oed Natahn Stoess
Nikos Sam Jones
Leo Jay Mast
Chorus Peter Garry, Meg Kennell, Kristina Mast, Sammy Rosario, Jacob Schlabach, Emily Taylor
Director Michelle Milne
Asst. Director Brittany Lentz
Producer Doug Leichty Caskey
Production Assistant Sandy Slabaugh
Choreographer Jay Mast, Michelle Milne
Stage Manager Disi Diaz
Set Design Anne Berry, Dave Nafsinger
Light Design Alison Brookins
Costume Design Kevin Koch, Janell Cripe
Sound Design Doug Hallman
Props Design Sarah Jensen, Taylor Stansberry
Hair & Make up Design Jenna Grubaugh, Meg Kennell
Scenic Artist Anne Berry
Graphic Design Tim Blaum
Asst. Stage Manager Natalie Harman, Emily Kraybill
Asst. Technical Director Meg Kennell
Asst. Director Brittany Lentz
Light Board Operator Jenny Boehs
Sound Board Operator Maryn Munley
Master Carpenter Matt Donat, Phil Stoesz
Master Electrician Alison Brookins, Aaron Kaufmann
Wardrobe Master Angie Noah
Make up Crew Deanna Cender, Rachel Clasen, Kelly Frey, Jenni Miller, Gina Stutzman
Paint Crew Penny Acayo, Emily Bowman, Lewis Caskey, Disi Diaz, Natalie Harman, Sarah Jensen, Laura Nimigan,. Katie Roberts, Nate Vader, Lydia Yoder
Costume Construction Kevin Koch, Janell Cripe
Professor of ASL Josh Garrett
Interpreters Rebecca Hutchinson, Lynda McChesney, Jake Stewart
House Manager Suzanne Miller, Adrea Kraybill, Alisha Bender
Publicity Jodi Beleyer, Kristina Mast
Advance Ticket Sales Lisa Weaver