convergence-continuum to Present LILIES, 10/11-11/2
convergence-continuum continues its 2013 Season, Ruled by Passion, with the love story no one ever told: the Ohio premiere of Lilies, or the Revival of a Romantic Drama by Michel Marc Bouchard (translation by Linda Gaboriau).
Lilies is about love and revenge and also manages to include a commentary on truth and on theatre, thanks to its multi-level structure. The play is set in 1952 in the church of a prison where it has been arranged that the jailEd Simon Doucet will make confession to his old friend Bishop Bilodeau. The Bishop, however, is imprisoned by Simon and some fellow convicts who act out before him scenes from a play. It is no light entertainment that Bilodeau is forced to watch, but the homoerotic scenes from The Death of San Sebastian, which in turn are revealed to be only a part of the script that is to be presented by the convicts. The prisoners' play takes the action back to the Quebec countryside of 1912 where Simon, Bilodeau and the Parisian newcomer, Count Vallier De Tilly, were young contemporaries involved in a love triangle. In acting out the circumstances that occurred immediately prior to Simon's incarceration, it is intended that Bishop Bilodeau will be the one to confess what he did four decades earlier that resulted in Simon's wrongful imprisonment.
Note: The production contains scenes of an adult nature and nudity.
Lilies is directed by convergence-continuum's Tyson Douglas Rand, who directed convergence-continuum's 2011 production of The Boys in the Band. The acting ensemble includes Robert Branch, Bobby Coyne, Joe Dunn, Charles Hargrave, Jack Matuszewski, Michael Regnier, Eric Sever, Clyde Simon and Dennis Sullivan.
Lilies opens Friday, October 11 and runs at 8 p.m. Thu-Sat through November 2 at the Liminis, 2438 Scranton Rd., Cleveland, OH 44113 in the historic Tremont neighborhood. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for seniors and $10 for students. Reservations and information at www.convergence-continuum.org and 216-687-0074.