Point Park University's Conservatory Theatre Company to Present BIG LOVE

Point Park University's Conservatory Theatre Company to Present BIG LOVEPoint Park University's Conservatory Theatre Company presents Charles L. Mee's Big Love. Big Love gives a fresh twist on Aeschylus' The Suppliant Women, one of the oldest plays in the western world.

Directed by Reginald L. Douglas, Big Love runs from February 24 -26 and March 9-12, 2017 in the Rauh Theatre at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, 222 Craft Ave. Performances will be at 8 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Adult tickets range from $20-24, students and seniors are $10. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Pittsburgh Playhouse box office at 412-392-8000 or visiting www.pittsburghplayhouse.com.

When fifty brides flee from Greece to a luxurious Italian villa to avoid marrying their fifty cousins, anything can happen. The story follows three main couples and questions love, gender and equality with humor, heart and music. Mee gives this classic Greek story a wildly entertaining and very relevant modern twist. It even includes modern flourishes like helicopters and Beyoncé! Flee to Italy to escape the winter blues with Thyona, Olympia, and Lydia as they escape from their betrothed.

"Big Love examines the conflict between being who you want to be and who society expects you to be, and asks how does one love themselves and others under such conditions," says Douglas. "Working on Mee's action-packed, poignant script with this talented cast and creative team has been a real joy. The show is both funny and heartwarming, and especially timely. Audiences are in for a magical, good time!"

Featuring scenic design by Gianni Downs, costume design by Michael Montgomery, light design by Andrew David Ostrowski, sound design by StEve Shapiro and fight choreography by Randy Kovitz.

Douglas is the Artistic Producer of City Theatre Company in Pittsburgh, a leading center for the development and production of bold new plays. At City, Reginald line-produces and directs in the theater's six-show season; line-produces and directs in the theater's annual Momentum Festival of New Plays; directs City's annual Young Playwrights Festival; oversees casting operations and artistic initiatives; administers City's Directing Observership program for local emerging directors; and builds community and artistic partnerships both locally and nationally. This spring, he will direct Colman Domingo's Wild with Happy at City. In addition to his career at City, Reginald directs extensively throughout the country, having worked at venues including the Eugene O'Neill Center, Theater Works Hartford, Playwrights Center, McCarter, Luna Stage, Harlem Stage, Wild Project, Signature Center, Drama League, Rattlestick, and many others. Reginald has received fellowships from New York Theater Workshop and the Lark; was a member of The Actors Studio's Playwrights and Directors Unit; has assistant directed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regionally; and has served on the selection committees for the Jerome New York Fellowship, Jerome Many Voices Fellowships, the O'Neill's National Playwrights Conference, and the Pittsburgh Foundation's 2015 Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Awards and 2016 Pittsburgh Region Artists Program. Visit www.reginalddouglas.com for more information.

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