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Berlind Theatre to present 'Big Love,' Nov. 14-16 and 20-22

The Program in Theater and Dance will present Charles Mee's critically acclaimed comedy, "Big Love," as the gala University opening of the Roger S. Berlind Theatre at 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Nov. 14-16, and Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 20-22.

Faculty member Davis McCallum will direct the New Jersey premiere of this play, which won a special citation at the 2001-02 Obie Awards.

Inspired by what some believe to be the earliest surviving play in Western literature, Aeschylus' "The Suppliant Women," "Big Love" tells the story of 50 sisters who flee an arranged marriage to their 50 cousins. The production uses spectacle and text, music and movement to tell a story that is part romance, part gender war and part exploration of what it is to be a man and a woman in today's world.

"Charles Mee has the uncanny ability to blend various disciplines such as poetry, sculpture, music, choreography, performance art and physical schtick," McCallum said. "For a director and actors, he offers a canvas on which to create a mind-boggling theatrical event -- tragic at one moment, farcical the next."

The Roger S. Berlind Theatre, the dynamic new performance space at McCarter Theatre Center, is named after the distinguished Broadway producer and 1952 Princeton alumnus. The building, designed by renowned theater architect Hugh Hardy, a 1954 alumnus, is a shared venue of the Program in Theater and Dance and McCarter Theatre.

For ticket information, call the box office at (609) 258-2787 or visit the McCarter Web site .

Contact: Lauren Robinson-Brown (609) 258-3601

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