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Source: Cassidi Stuckman, 785-532-6878,
News release prepared by: Rosie Hoefling, 785-532-6415,

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010


MANHATTAN -- The Kansas State University theater program will present the comedy "Big Love" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4-6 and Feb. 10-13 in Nichols Theater.

Written by Charles L. Mee, "Big Love" is a modern twist on the Greek play "The Suppliant Women" by Aeschylus in which 50 brides flee to Italy to avoid marrying their 50 cousins. Chaos, however, arises when the grooms chase after them.

"Big Love" examines the themes of gender politics and the power of love and human connection through song, dance and an unforgettable wedding. Right in time for Valentine's Day, this performance explores love gone right, wrong and everything in between.

The K-State production of "Big Love" is directed by Kate Anderson, associate professor of theater; set design is by Kathy Voecks, assistant professor of theater; lighting design by Eric Voecks; sound design by Sarah Gilmore; and costume design by Mary Rutherford, instructor of theater.

Tickets are $13 for the general public, $11 for seniors and military, and $8 for students. They can be purchased at the McCain Auditorium box office from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or by calling McCain at 785-532-6428 during box office hours. Tickets also may be purchased at the Little Theater box office in the K-State Student Union from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays. Groups of 10 or more may receive a discount rate. For more information or assistance in planning a theater party, contact Marci Maullar at 785-532-6878.

K-State students in the cast or crew for "Big Love" include:

Laura Lindsay, senior in theater, Hillsboro, stage manager; Charles Johnston, graduate student in theater, Hutchinson, as Piero; Lisa Erbe, senior in theater, Independence, as Lydia; Ryan Bruce, graduate student in theater, as Nikos, and Meredith Lindsey, senior in theater and mass communications, as Thyona, both from Leawood; Annie Goodson, junior in secondary education-speech, as Olympia, and Chelsey Eimer, junior in mass communications and theater, assistant stage manager, both from Manhattan; Erica Smith, junior in theater, Paola, as Bella.

From Topeka: Dillon Artzer, junior in theater, as Oed; Niklas Bergstrom, freshman in theater, as Leo; LeAnn Meyer, junior in theater, as Eleanor; and Kyle Myers, sophomore in theater, as Giulliano.