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A Lie of the Mind

Peake Players present Sam Shepard play for two weekends

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


Lorraine Holden and Daniel Meeks rehearse for the Peake Players’ presentation of "A Lie of the Mind" at Chesapeake College.The show, which runs for two weekends, opens on November 7 in the Cadby Theatre. 

WYE MILLS - The Peake Players bring Sam Shepard’s riveting family drama A Lie of the Mind to the Eastern Shore on November 7 through 17 at Chesapeake College. This fall production is directed by 2013-2014 Guest Director Patrick Cribben.

An accomplished director, Cribben is staging the play in Chesapeake’s state-of-the-art Cadby Theatre. In addition to his directing experience, Cribben has also been a professional actor, playwright, filmmaker, and journalist. Among his many awards, Cribben was the recipient of the Virginia Prize for playwriting for Feast of Stephen and the Southern Playwriting Award for Fall Into Winter, the Critics’ Choice Award at the Festival of Southern Theatre. His plays have received more than three dozen productions throughout the United States, including New York and Los Angeles.

Cribben has been a contributing writer for Saturday Night Live, and has taught comedy writing and improvisational comedy at the University of Virginia’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Recent projects include directing an experimental documentary film "The Shape of Time" in Virginia, and location scouting for the feature film "Blue Ruin" on the Eastern Shore, which screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. His film and theatre criticism appeared in many magazines and journals.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Awards, Shepard’s work explores relationships with rich story telling. A Lie of the Mind follows two families in the aftermath of domestic abuse.

The cast for A Lie of the Mind includes Marshall Bailey as "Frankie", Rebekah Becreft as "Sally", Patrick Fee as "Baylor", Lorraine Holden as "Lorraine", Scott Myers as "Mike", Caitlyn Poole as "Sally" and Juliet Smith as "Beth.

Performances are scheduled at 7:30 on Nov. 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16. A matinee performance will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17.

Tickets for the show are available in the Chesapeake College Business Office. For more information, call 410-822-5400, Ext. 2244. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $5 for students. The Thursday, Nov. 14 performance is a "Pay What You Can" event at the door.

SYNOPSIS: The story alternates between two families after a severe incident of spousal abuse leaves all their lives altered and intertwined until the play’s final confrontation and resolution at a Montana home. The two families, one composed of Baylor, Meg, Beth, and Mike, the other composed of Lorraine, Sally, Frankie, and Jake are connected by the marriage of Jake and Beth, whose beating and subsequent hospitalization at the hands of Jake comprises the play’s instigating action. Beth, tended by her family, recovers from brain damage that has left her struggling with language but still fiercely attached to the possibility of connection and love. Meanwhile, Jake falls into an inscrutable fever and hysteria at the California home of his mother Lorraine while his brother Frankie sets out to make contact with Beth at her family home in Montana. Thereafter the tensions, enmities, and aspirations that motivate the two families grow increasingly threatening and unpredictable.

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