TFA Presents Perseus Bayou

Posted: March 13, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Theater of the First Amendment (TFA) presents Perseus Bayou, by Mary Hall Surface and David Maddox, as its annual family production. The show opens tomorrow and runs through Sunday, April 1, in TFA’s TheatreSpace in the Performing Arts Building.

Perseus Bayou transplants the Greek myth of the Medusa-slaying hero to post-Civil War Louisiana while interweaving a complex patchwork of dialogue, music, and storytelling. Surface and Maddox tell the story with a 19th-century Louisiana twist because the myth presents “a frontier society and the rolling natural world at its edge,” says playwright and director Surface.

A five-piece band, including guitar, bass, piano, fiddle, and accordion, injects Southern sounds into the show. “We use music quite excessively in Perseus,” says Maddox, the play’s composer and musical director. The collision of French, African, Cajun, and Creole cultures (with their attendant folkloric and musical traditions) offers a rich and diverse setting for this humorous work.

Evening performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. Special family matinees run Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. A post-play discussion follows each Friday evening performance. Tickets for Perseus Bayou are $25 and $20. Tickets for students and children are half price for all performances. For more information, call x38888.

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