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Middlebury College Theatre Season Opens with BIG LOVE

October 14, 2011

Charles Mee’s Extravagantly Emotional Comedy Plays October 27-29

Middlebury, VT—Middlebury College’s Theatre Department opens its 2011–12 season with Big Love, an emotionally extravagant comedy by OBIE Award-winning playwright Charles Mee. The play will be performed Thursday, October 27, Friday, October 28, and Saturday, October 29, all at 8:00 P.M., plus a 2:00 P.M. matinee on Saturday only, in Wright Memorial Theatre on Chateau Road.


Loosely inspired by Aeschylus’ The Suppliants, Big Love takes us on a whimsical journey from Greece to Italy, when 50 Greek brides are betrothed against their will to their American cousins. They run away in their wedding dresses, and land on an Italian villa that is as fantastical as some of its inhabitants. While the wealthy Italian master of the household attempts to play the negotiator between the two sexes—and Grandma prepares to make pasta sauce—and other family members reveal unexpected idiosyncrasies, the young women decide to take their future into their own hands. Will the weddings take place after all? Expect the extraordinary from this play that the New York Times called “an MGM musical in Technicolor, a circus…”


Directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Cláudio Medeiros ’90, Big Love features 17 actors, all of whom promise to take you on a wild, fanciful rollercoaster. With costumes by Emma Ermotti ’12, set by Hallie Zieselman, and lights by Mark Evancho, Big Love is sure to transport the audience to a colorful, sensory universe that is bound to please adolescents as well as those who might have grown a little too forgetful of the intensity, beauty, and magic of falling in love—or of the deep generosity required to love life!

A Behind-the-Scenes Lunch and Discussion about Big Love will take place on Wednesday, October 26, at 12:30 P.M., at Wright Memorial Theatre. Medeiros will introduce the play and speak about the inspirations for the Middlebury production; members of the cast and crew will share insights on their work. Lunch is provided free of charge for Middlebury College ID card holders; pay-as-you-can community donations are accepted.

Tickets for Big Love are $12 for the general public, $10 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, and emeriti, and $6 for Middlebury College students. For the Middlebury College Box Office, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to

Mahaney Arts Center
Middlebury College
South Main St./Route 30 South
72 Porter Field Rd.
Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 443-3168 phone
(802) 443-2834 fax