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Video: Rebecca Naomi Jones, Bobby Steggert, Stacey Sargeant , Emmanuel Brown, Lynn Cohen and More in for Charles Mee’s BIG LOVE at Signature Theatre; Opens February 23

Signature Theatre’s production of Charles Mee’s BIG LOVE, directed by Tina Landau, is now in previews for a Monday, February 23 opening night in The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). The production runs through March 15, 2015. All tickets for the initial run of the production are $25 as part of the Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access.

The cast of BIG LOVE. Photo by T Charles Erickson.

The cast of BIG LOVE. Photo by T Charles Erickson.

The cast includes Emmanuel Brown (Signature’s Kung Fu) as Oed, Lynn Cohen (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) as Bella, Ellen Harvey (The Phantom of the Opera) as Eleanor, Ryan-James Hatanaka (King Lear) as Constantine, Christopher Innvar (The Snow Geese) as Piero, Rebecca Naomi Jones (American Idiot The Musical) as Lydia, Preston Sadleir (Top Five) as Giuliano, Stacey Sargeant (Signature’s Our Lady of Kibeho) as Thyona, Nathaniel Stampley (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess) as Leo, Bobby Steggert (Mothers and Sons) as Nikos, Libby Winters (American Idiot The Musical) as Olympia.

Rebecca Naomi Jones, Libby Winters and Stacey Sargeant. Photo by T Charles Erickson.

Rebecca Naomi Jones, Libby Winters and Stacey Sargeant. Photo by T Charles Erickson.

Fifty brides flee their fifty grooms and seek refuge in an Italian villa in this modern re-making of one of the world’s oldest plays, The Danaids by Aeschylus. Mayhem ensues, complete with grooms in flight suits, women throwing themselves to the ground, occasional pop songs and romantic dances – even a bride falling in love. Reuniting Signature’s 2007-08 Playwright-in-Residence Charles Mee with his longtime collaborator Tina Landau, Big Love is a colossal, poetic work that explores the hunger for independence, the burden of tradition, and the shape and size of love.

Bobby Steggert, Emmanuel Brown and Ryan-James Hatanaka. Photo by T Charles Erickson.

Bobby Steggert, Emmanuel Brown and Ryan-James Hatanaka. Photo by T Charles Erickson.

The design team includes Brett J. Banakis (Scenic Design), Anita Yavich (Costume Design), Scott Zielinski (Lighting Design), Kevin O’Donnell (Sound Design), Austin Switser (Projection Design),Rick Sordelet and Christian Kelly-Sordelet (Fight Direction). Lori Lundquist is the Production Stage Manager. Casting by Telsey + Company, Karyn Casl, CSA.

Supplemental programming has been set for Big Love. There will be post-show talkbacks on February 26, and March 3 and 10. Talkbacks brought to you by American Express. There will be a pre-show Art of Collaboration discussion with playwright Charles Mee and director Tina Landau on Wednesday, February 18 at 6pm. There will also be a pre-show Backstage Pass discussion with one of the production’s designers on March 5 at 6pm. These events are free and open to the public.

To purchase tickets for all Signature productions, call Ticket Services at 212-244-7529 (Tues. – Sun., 11am – 6pm) or visit signaturetheatre.org.

Tickets to the initial runs of all Signature productions at The Pershing Square Signature Center are $25, part of the groundbreaking Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access, a program that guarantees affordable and accessible tickets to every Signature production through 2031. Serving as a model for theatres and performing arts organizations across the country, the Initiative was founded in 2005 and is made possible by lead partner The Pershing Square Foundation. Additional support provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation, Margot Adams and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

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