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'A Perfect Wedding' includes a mud fight, Bollywood dance number

by UofL Today last modified Feb 25, 2011 05:18 PM

University of Louisville's Department of Theatre Arts explores the institution of marriage in "A Perfect Wedding," a comedy by Charles Mee.

'A Perfect Wedding' includes a mud fight, Bollywood dance number

Cast members rehearse for "A Perfect Wedding."

The play will be performed at 8 p.m. March 2-6 and at 3 p.m. March 6. All performances will be at The Playhouse, 1911 S. Third St.

Mee loosely based his matrimonial, multicultural romp through a forest on such plays as Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” according to director Amy Steiger, assistant professor of theater arts.

“Following the conventions of Shakespeare’s comedies, everything falls apart only to come back together in unexpected ways,” Steiger said.

“We began our work on this play with an interest in joining the national conversation about marriage equality. It’s a fun, irreverent and occasionally dark look at love that examines the complex relationships between people,” she said. “Couples fall in and out of love with a blend of music, drama and storytelling that challenges the conventions of theater and of marriage.7#8221;

There is a lot of action, including a mud fight and Bollywood dance number.

Steiger’s background in community-based theater influenced the rehearsal process for the first major production she has directed since returning to Louisville from the University of Texas at Austin. While the actors follow Mee’s script, the characters in the play reflect the “real” personalities of people who students interviewed as they conducted research in local communities for a class project.

“One of the goals of community-based theater is the expression of local character and issues through performance,” Steiger said. “We hope our cast reflects a mixture of the cultures and people of Louisville.”

Tickets are $12 for the general public, $10 for UofL faculty and staff and $8 for students and senior citizens. For tickets and information, call 502-852-6814 or go to the Department of Theatre Arts

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