“This year’s plays and musicals are all comedies and still they reflect our times with serious elements or overtones,” theatre director Shawn M. Riley said in a release. “Viewers will get to witness strong female characters in volatile situations, struggling characters driven to finally get their shot, and the calculated jockeying that frequently occurs in places of power. The themes are timeless, and Ballard students get to explore them creatively.”
Big Love covers high-stakes terrain in the story of Lydia and 49 Greek brides who have fled to an Italian villa to avoid marrying their cousins. The grooms soon follow—ready to claim what they consider theirs. As the characters wait for their wedding day, they raise issues of gender politics, love, domestic violence, and migration. With its modern music and arresting action, the play asks big questions that resonate today: What makes a man, a woman, a human being, a displaced person?
Inspired by Aeschylus’s Greek tragedy The Suppliants, Big Love was written by Charles Mee and first debuted in 2000.
Big Love performance dates will be October 11 – 13 and 18 – 20. The plays are open to the general public. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students/seniors. Advance tickets are available here (search for “Ballard High School.”) To request discounted season or group tickets, contact Shawn Riley at firstname.lastname@example.org.