"Ladyhouse Blues," Kevin O'Morrison's poignant story of five women living under one roof in St. Louis waiting for their men to return from World War I, will open Brigham Young University's 2002-2003 Margetts Theatre Season.
Directed by Laurie Harrop-Purser, the play will run Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8-9, and Tuesdays through Saturdays, Nov. 12-23, at 7:30 p.m. A matinee will be performed on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $12 for the public and $9 for BYU faculty and students. Half-price preview performance tickets will be available for Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 6 and 7. For tickets, please call the Fine Arts Ticket Office at (801) 378-4322 or order them at www.byu.edu/hfac.
"'Ladyhouse Blues' is a tribute to women-particularly to mothers-who have a great capacity for love and yet fear inadequacy in loving," said Harrop-Purser.
The mother's presence in the home is so powerful that she becomes the very walls and support of these women's lives. Liz has given her daughters the strength to survive and to be their best, not by her perfection, but by her strength of conviction and her refusal to break under adversity.
"In this play I see generations of women surviving the effects of war, death and the struggles of daily living," said Harrop-Purser. "They are as beautiful in their faults as in their strengths."
Through the love and strength Liz's mother instilled in them, Liz's daughters leave home with a solid footing, not copies of their mother, but rather the strength to endure and remain true to their beliefs.
Through these lessons of love and strength, "Ladyhouse Blues" chronicles the parallel changes in the lives of these women and in America's destiny.
The cast includes Laura Reyna as Liz, Melissa Burk as Helen, Kelly Garrison as Eylie, Hannah Stum Stoehr as Dot and Janel Crane as Terry.
Scenic designer for the production is Curt R. Jensen, the costume, make-up and hair designer is Lara Anne Beene, and the lighting designer is Ben Meyers. The stage manager is Aimee Kay Pierce.
Writer: Elizabeth B. Jensen