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Big Love

SquidShow Theatre is excited to bring one of our favorite contemporary plays to Telluride: Big Love, a hilarious retelling of an ancient Greek text by award-winning playwright Charles L. Mee. The performances are February 28 and March 1 at The Ah Haa School for the Arts (300 South Townsend Avenue). Performances begin at 8 p.m. and admission is free (donations are happily accepted and a hat will be passed). To make a reservation, please call 970.708.3934. Seating is extremely limited.

Fifty brides flee their 50 grooms and seek refuge in an Italian villa. When the grooms catch up with the brides mayhem ensues. Big Love teaches us to throw ourselves into life fearlessly, while examining modern and antiquated ideas of love and romance, sex and control, happiness and ultimately balance. 

The playwright was inspired by what some believe to be the earliest surviving plays in the western world, The Suppliant Women by Aeschylus. In this newer version, Charles  L. Mee fuses the ancient text with pop songs, helicopters, dancing, singing, acrobatics and his own writing. Mee's work has a collage-like feel that Squidshow Theatre and director Krissy Smith are hoping to emphasize with their particular production. 

“I like plays that are not too neat, too finished, too presentable. My plays are broken, jagged, filled with sharp edges, filled with things that take sudden turns, careen into each other, smash up, veer off in sickening turns. That feels good to me. It feels like my life. It feels like the world.” —Charles L. Mee