Big Love

January 29 - February 7, 2016
Josephine Louis Theater | 20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

By Charles L. Mee
Directed by Gina Marie Hayes

Fifty terrified brides fleeing an arranged marriage take refuge in an Italian Villa, with fifty angry grooms hot on their trail, hell-bent on reclaiming their “property.” As tensions rise and their trip down the aisle nears, sisters Tyona, Olympia, and Lydia hatch a desperate plan to escape the darker side of love and matrimony.  MFA candidate Gina Marie Hayes directs a wild version of an Aeschylus play that blows open the gender divide and gives new meaning to “until death do us part.”

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GINA MARIE HAYES (Director) has worked previously as a director, choreographer, and playwright. The founding artistic director of Red Egg Theater in Santa Cruz, CA, she also served for five years as Assistant to the Artistic Director and Intern Coordinator at Shakespeare Santa Cruz and directed Machiavelli’s The Mandrake there in 2012. Her work has been seen at San Jose Repertory Theater’s Emerging Artist Lab (A COUNTRY DOCTOR, adapted from Kafka), City Lights Theatre Company (ABRAHAM LINCOLN’S BIG GAY DANCE PARTY), and UC Santa Cruz (PROMETHEUS and I DREAM OF CHANG AND ENG), among others. She is currently a third year MFA Director at Northwestern University where she directed HIT THE WALL last season in the Wallis Theater.

Creative Team:

  • Scenic Designer: Arnel Sancianco
  • Lighting Designer: Sara Gosses
  • Costume Designer: Sully Ratke
  • Sound Designer: Josh Horvath
  • Fight Choreographer: Britain Willcock
  • Dramaturg: Lauren Beck
  • Stage Manager: Emma Horvath