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McNeese Theatre Season

McNeese Theatre Season

McNeese Theatre's 73rd season opens with Stephen Aldy Guirgis' play "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot" Sept. 26-30 in the Shearman Fine Arts Theatre.

"The Last Days of Judas Iscariot" takes a close look at the eternal damnation of the Bible's most notorious sinner. Set in a time-bending, seriocomically imagined world between Heaven and Hell, the play uses flashbacks to an imagined childhood and lawyers who call for the testimonies of such witnesses as Mother Teresa, Caiaphas, Saint Monica, Sigmund Freud and Satan. The New York Times calls Stephen Guirgis "a fierce and questing mind that refuses to settle for glib answers, a gift for identifying with life's losers and an unforced eloquence that finds the poetry in lowdown street talk. Guirgis brings to the play a stirring sense of Christian existential pain, which wonders at the paradoxes of faith." Joy Pace is the director. This production includes coarse language and adult themes and is not recommended for persons under the age of 17.

Deborah Brevoort's play, "Women of Lockerbie," is about exploring selfless love and how grief changes over time. "Women of Lockerbie" gives a powerful voice to a disturbingly contemporary anguish - how to respond to suffering caused by a terrorist attack. A mother from New Jersey roams the hills of Lockerbie, Scotland, looking for her son's remains that were lost in the crash of Pan Am 103 on Dec. 21, 1988. She meets the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the U.S. government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane's wreckage. The women, determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim's families. "Women of Lockerbie" is loosely inspired by a true story, although the characters and situations in the play are purely fictional. In this play, with the power to move an audience to new hope in a world witnessing continual acts of revenge and hatred, Brevoort shows Love's victory. On stage Nov. 7-11, the production is directed by Charles McNeely III.

 "Almost, Maine," a romantic comedy by John Cariani, opens the spring season Feb. 20-24. Searching for love on a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal and the hearts mend-almost-in this delightful midwinter night's dream. "Almost, Maine" is a whimsical approach to the joys and perils of romance and throughout Love's journey. Charles McNeely III is the director.

Exploring the foibles of love, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by William Shakespeare contains some wonderfully lyrical expressions of lighter Shakespearean themes, most notably those of love, dreams and the stuff of both - the creative imagination itself. Written in the mid-1590s, probably shortly before Shakespeare turned to "Romeo and Juliet," "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is one of his strangest and most delightful creations. Unlike the plots of many of Shakespeare's plays, however, the story in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" seems not to have been drawn from any particular source but rather to be the original product of the playwright's imagination. Shakespeare takes us back and forth through the human world and the fairie world with wonderfully endearing characters - with all of the quirkiness of humanity - and shows the audience the power of Love's magic. On stage April 17-21, the production is directed by Joy Pace.

Season subscriptions are $45 for adults and $30 for McNeese faculty and staff, senior citizens and youth (K-12). All season subscriptions support McNeese Theatre scholarships. For 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.