Focus on Community/Arts
Sixties Tribute Continues at Chesapeake

Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2005


 

The Peake Players will present Murray Schisgal’s Tony Award-winning comedy, Luv, from Friday, March 4th, through Friday, March 18th. Luv is the fourth 1965 production in the Peake Players tribute to the college’s 40th anniversary celebration.

Luv is a pungent satire on contemporary relationships and the many 1960’s shows which depicted these relationships. It has been described as a "brainy, off-beat comedy of substance," and "a kooky, zany, farcical romp which portrays the funny side of the depression of people’s lives in their search for that elusive thing called happiness."

Luv was first produced in November 1964 and featured Alan Arkin, Eli Wallach, and Anne Jackson. Later in the run Gene Wilder and Elaine May joined the cast. A 1967 film version featured Jack Lemmon, Peter Falk, and Elaine May. The show was the recipient of 5 Tony nominations in 1965, and the winner of three: Best Director, Best Producer, and Best Scenic Design.

Luv is the story of three unhappy people: Harry, Milt, and Ellen. The show begins with Harry, a lovable loser who has never been in love, about to jump off a bridge. His long-lost college buddy, Milt, happens to come along and stops him from ending it all. It turns out that Milt, a successful businessman, is in love with a lovely young woman, but his wife, Ellen, will not give him a divorce. Milt hatches a plan whereby Harry and Ellen will fall in love, Ellen will give him a divorce, he will marry his new love, and they will all live happily ever after. Needless to say, it doesn’t work out that way.

Director Anita Livingston is adding a new twist to the production by featuring two complete casts—one consisting of two "traditional-age" Chesapeake College students and one young community member, and one consisting of two "mature" students and one faculty spouse. The two casts will perform on alternate days: the younger cast on March 4th, 6th, 12th, and 17th, and the mature cast on March 5th, 11th, 13th, and 18th.

Cast members include Rondell Johnson and Stuart Desso as the younger and older Harry, respectively; Joshua Potts and Patrick Fee as the younger and older Milt, respectively; and Holly Baldwin and Nancy Caldeira, as the younger and older Ellen, respectively. Assistant Directors are Bruce Grove and Ashley Hasbargen.

Luv will be performed in the Cadby Theater, located in the Kent Humanities Building. General Admission is $8 and student and senior tickets are $6. If you choose to come back and see the other cast perform, the second ticket will only cost $3. Tickets are available at the door.

Luv will be followed by the final offering of the 2004-05 academic year, "Cactus Flower" by Abe Burrows, which will open on April 8th in the Rufus and Loraine Hall Todd Performing Arts Center.

For more information on Peake Players productions, call director Anita Livingston at 410-822-5400, ext. 278.

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