Big Love

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 douglc@goshen.edu


 

Big Love by Charles Mee 2009

 

Cast

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

 

 

Production Team

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