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FTT play "Big Love" to open Nov. 7

Author: Arts and Letters


The University of Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television and Theatre (FTT) will present Charles L. Mee’s “Big Love” Nov. 7 to 11 (Tuesday to Saturday) and Nov. 14 to 17 (Tuesday to Friday) at 7:30p.m., and Nov. 12 (Sunday) at 2:30p.m., in the Philbin Studio Theater of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts.

Admission is $12 for the general public, $10 for seniors and Notre Dame faculty and staff, and $8 for students. Subscriptions to the 2006-07 theater season are now available, including tickets to each of this year’s FTT productions – “Big Love,” “The Mousetrap” and “The Threepenny Opera.” Subscriptions are $24 for the general public, $20 for seniors and Notre Dame faculty and staff, and $16 for students. Tickets and subscriptions can be purchased at the performing arts center box office or by calling 574-631-2800 or visiting on the Web.

Inspired by Aeschylus’ “The Suppliant Women,” widely believed to be the earliest surviving play of the western world, “Big Love” reinvents the classic of Greek theater as an examination of modern-day gender politics in a wildly unconventional manner.

Fifty Greek brides, on the verge of being forced into marriage with their 50 cousins, flee by boat to an Italian villa in search of refuge at the behest of ring leaders and angry brides-to be, Lydia, Olympia and Thyona. After successfully convincing the villa’s Italian owners to shelter them, the sisters’ plans for cover are thwarted when their 50 grooms arrive by helicopter, having easily tracked their ship. Plans are hatched, emotions explode and an engaging dialogue on the inequalities of the human experience is present throughout.

_*Contact:* Chris Sopczynski, FTT outreach specialist, 574-631-0457 or

Originally published by Arlette Saenz &Chris Sopczynski at on November 02, 2006.