“Big Love” shows just how out-of-control arranged marriage can get when the bride changes her… “Big Love” shows just how out-of-control arranged marriage can get when the bride changes her mind. When 50 future brides escape to Italy in a boat, they benefit from the country’s charms only until their suitors follow them there, and the plot turns deadly. Contrary to the name, “Big Love” is full of violent, theatrical showdowns, including kitchen utensils and jagged saw blades.
Charles Mee, American author and playwright, wrote “Big Love” based on the Aeschylus tragedy “The Suppliant Maidens,” part of a trilogy in which Danaids flee forced marriage to their Egyptian cousins. “Big Love” takes similar themes of sisterhood, independence and true love, displayed through a new, bewildering blend of poetry, music and violence. Mee welcomes changes to the script to make the play different for each cast – a move as Pitt Rep chose to do.
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