TFA Presents Re-staging of Perseus Bayou

Posted: April 23, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

The Theater of the First Amendment brings back a family favorite, Perseus Bayou, to the Center for the Arts this week. Written by Mary Hall Surface and David Maddox, the musical will be performed at 7 p.m. tomorrow and Friday, and at 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Perseus Bayou transplants the Greek myth of the Medusa-slaying hero to post-Civil War Louisiana. With a mixture of puppetry, dance, storytelling, and Cajun-inspired music, the show is designed for all ages to enjoy. Family-centered pre-performance activities for children will include face painting, paper mask making, movement workshops, and “adapt-a-story” fun. In addition, adult ticket holders are invited to attend the pre-performance discussion with the show’s creative and directorial team, Surface and Maddox, on the Grand Tier. Pre-performance activities begin one hour prior to each curtain and are free for ticket holders.

The musical premiered at the Theater of the First Amendment in March 2001 and had a sold-out run of 24 performances. In May 2002, Surface won a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Director of a Resident Musical for Perseus Bayou. The play was nominated for five other Helen Hayes Awards. The soundtrack for the musical was also awarded a Parents’ Choice award in 2002 for its colorful Cajun version of the Greek tale.

Tickets for Perseus Bayou are $25 and $20; children and students are admitted for half price. For more information, call (703) 993-8888.

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