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McNeese Theatre to Open Season with LIZARD

McNeese Theatre to Open Season with LIZARD

For tickets or more information, call 337-475-5040.


Cast of Lizard with writer
Writer Dennis Covington, third from right, and Charles McNeely, fourth from left, coordinator of theater at McNeese, take a group shot with the cast of Covington’s play, “LIZARD,” which is now playing in Tritico Theatre through Sunday, Oct. 2. Covington was in Lake Charles Friday to see the production. He wrote the novel on which the play is based after being stationed at Fort Polk in the early 1970s and is set in Southwest Louisiana and Birmingham, Alabama, during the summer of 1976. The play is described as a coming-of-age story about 13-year-old Lucius Sims, a physically deformed boy who is nicknamed “Lizard.” McNeely is directing the play.


(September 19, 2015) McNeese State University Theatre will kick off its 2016-2017 season this fall with the play, “LIZARD,” Sept. 28-Oct. 2 in Tritico Theatre. Times are 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28-Oct. 1 and 2 p.m. Oct. 2.

The play was written by Dennis Covington based on his 1991 novel of the same name and is described as a coming-of-age story about 13-year-old Lucius Sims, a physically deformed boy who is nicknamed “Lizard.”

“Lizard searches for the truth as the play explores what it means to be a family and how each one of us can overcome the limitations placed on us by society and other people by finding the kePoster for Lizard playy within us that sets us free,” said Charles McNeely, coordinator of theater at McNeese and the play’s director.

“LIZARD” is set in Southwest Louisiana and Birmingham, Alabama, during the summer of 1976. The play references Lake Charles, Holly Beach, DeRidder, Leesville, DeQuincy, Rosepine and New Llano. 

“Dennis wrote the novel after being stationed at Fort Polk in the early 1970s,” said McNeely. “The Alabama Shakespeare Festival (ASF) asked him to adapt the novel into a play in the early 1990s and the play was first performed at the festival in 1994.”

“LIZARD” is described as an intriguing cross between “Candide” and “Huckleberry Finn.” 

“While the story deals with a 13-year-old boy in the mid 1970s, some of its language may be unsuitable and offensive to audience members,” added McNeely.

The cast and crew include: Lizard, Evan Seago, Lake Charles; Callahan, Matt Dye, Nashville, Tennessee; Sallie, Stacy Solak, Emporium, Pennsylvania; Miss Cooley, actor and stagehand, Chassadi Decker, Bridge City, Texas; bus driver, Mike, stage technician and Roger, Joseph Comeaux, Lake Charles; Tinker, Homer and Waldo, Gabi Fontenot, Cameron; Rain, Troyal Harris, New Orleans; Nurse Barmore, actor, stagehand and woman at courthouse, Jennifer Tolbert, Grand Lake; Walrus and accordion player, David Duplechin, Lake Charles; actor and stagehand, Jane-Claire Radde, Lake Charles; Ricardo and Sammy, Isaac Thomas, Lake Charles; Willie and preacher, Michael Davis, Baytown, Texas; Albino and Ronnie, Sean Hinchee, Lake Charles; Miranda, Corinne Mitchell, Winston-Salem, North Carolina; fire chief, Tre’Vion Edwards, Jennings; understudy, Kevin Downing, Amite; stage manager, Jennifer McHaffie, Sulphur; light designers, Mark Teal, Westlake, and Stephen Vidrine, Sulphur; set designer, Randy Partin, Moss Bluff; costume designer, Diane Rathbun, Lake Charles; and costume assistant, Mark Bailes, Rosepine.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $10 for McNeese faculty/staff, senior citizens and youth, and free for McNeese students with a current ID. For tickets or more information, call 337-475-5040.

Persons needing accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the ADA Coordinator at 337-475-5428, voice; 337-475-5960, fax; 337-562-4227, TDD/TTY, hearing impaired; or by email at cdo@mcneese.edu.