a teen theater ensemble workshop production

Written by Charles Mee
Directed by Bryan Close
Performance Dates: Thursday – Saturday, March 29th – 31st
Tickets at the Door. PAY WHAT YOU CAN.


Lydia… Skylar McCabe
Olympia… Adelyn Murrie
Thyona… Jenna Malyn
Nikos… Inigo Drake
Constantine… Will Ancona
Piero … Madison Weikle
Bella… Arianna Jones
Giuliano… Will AnconaEleanor… Schuyler Barefoot
Leo… Inigo Drake


Schuyler Barefoot

Special Thanks to Costume Consultant Amalia Oswald.

About the Production:

This production is a collaboration between Live Arts Education and the Live Arts Foundry. Live Arts Education programs provide people of all ages chances to study and practice a wide variety theatrical topics. The Foundry is a place to experiment. A place to take risks. A place to stretch your imagination. Big Love will be performed in our Rehearsal A studio, as a fully staged production with very minimal technical elements. After all, this is a play about language and character, not tech.

About The Play:

Charles Mee is a unique and important American writer whose work is both deeply personal and extraordinarily theatrical. Big Love is his best-known play. Here’s what the New York Times has to say about it:

“Big Love, which is big, (mighty, actually), and about love (justice too) is a fa

ble (as in fabulous), a myth (its origin), an MGM musical in Technicolor, a circus and a Greek tragedy…. it is important to note Greek drama as inspiration. For ”Big Love” is not about little things. In its beginnings, drama did not bother with common neuroses, bad marriages, dysfunctional families. There were primal themes (revenge, passion, courage) and real issues (good and evil, right and wrong) and they were enacted at gut-level. In theatrical scale, intellectual size and stylistic scope, Big Love bravely traverses expansive terrain. These men and women, all of them right, all of them wronged, represent a search for truth and freedom; the hope for a safe place, a society at peace, a fulfilling universe.”

More information about the play, including the complete text, can be found at

About the Director:

Bryan Close recently moved to Charlottesville from New York, where he taught acting (Shakespeare and Chekhov) at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts for five years and directed plays by Christopher Fry, George F. Walker, John Patrick Shanley and Charles Mee. Bryan headed the summer drama program at the NC Governor’s School for ten years. While there, he directed plays by Shakespeare, Brecht, Horton Foote, Edward Albee, Peter Barnes and Timberlake Wertenbaker. As an actor, he has performed with A.C.T., Berkeley Rep, San Jose Rep, Arizona Rep, Passage Theatre, Charlotte Rep, and two seasons each at Colorado Shakespeare Festival and Tennessee Stage Co. New York theater credits include E.S.T., The Barrow Group, The Rude Mechanicals Theater Co., Living Image Arts, Metropolitan Playhouse and others. BA, Davidson College; MFA American Conservatory Theater; MS, Columbia University School of Journalism.