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‘Big Love’ opens at the Backdoor Playhouse Thursday, April 5

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The brides demand asylum from “Piero,” played by James Alder, as young “Giuliano,” played by Thomas Moore looks on in a scene from the Backdoor Playhouse production of Big Love. Pictured, from left, are cast members Samia Anderson, Dallas Stark, James Alder, Thomas Moore, and Sy Matlock.

Published Monday Apr 2, 2018

With a modern take on an ancient Greek play, the Tech Players present Big Love by Charles Mee at Tennessee Tech’s Backdoor Playhouse, opening April 5 with performances continuing through April 14.

Big Love is a modern adaptation of “The Suppliant Maidens” by the ancient Greek playwright, Aeschylus. “The Suppliant Maidens” is widely considered the oldest surviving Greek play.

“It is a fun, odd piece,” said Mark Creter, director of the production. “It is big, beautiful, chaotic and even though it has an ancient story at its base, it is surprisingly relevant.”

Big Love is about 50 brides who flee to a manor in Italy to avoid marrying their fifty cousins. The play takes the plot of the original Greek play into modern times, including such details as having the grooms ambush the brides by helicopter.

“In the end, it is shocking to realize the contemporary relevance of Big Love, especially when women are still fighting for proper widespread recognition and respect as characterized by the #metoo movement,” Creter said. “The wonderfully creative and visionary Mee constructs a well-rounded argument, one where both men and women are properly represented on stage. As in life, there are no easy answers to these big problems, but sometimes you just have to believe that love will see you through.”

This production is the 26th annual Dorothy Printz Pennebaker Memorial Spring production and sponsored by the Tennessee Tech English department.

The cast, features a strong group of Tech students including Samia Anderson as “Thyona,” Sy Matlock as “Olympia,”Dallas Stark as “Lydia,” Andrew Neal as “Constantine,” Aaronas “Oed,” Thomas Glanville as “Nikos,” James Alder as “Piero” and Kyusok Lee as “Leo.” Filling out the cast are high school student, Thomas Moore as “Giuliano,” and two area teachers, Eleni Fragopoulos as “Bella” and Chelsea Holland as “Eleanor.” The production features set design by Jeff Kean and Colin Forsyth with stage management by Kate Mucke.

Performances will take place in the Playhouse on April 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, at 8 p.m., with additional performances on April 12 at 10 p.m. and a special matinee performance on Saturday, April 14 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 senior citizens, and $5 for all students.

For reservations or further information, contact the Tech Backdoor Playhouse box office at 931-372-6595 or visit us online at www.tntech.edu/bdph.

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