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By Beth Henley
Directed by Nikka Ziemer
Dedicated to the memory of Dale Pawley
No Strings Theatre Company presents "Impossible Marriage" by Beth Henley and directed by Nikka Ziemer. "Impossible Marriage" opens Friday, January 30 and runs through Sunday, February 15 at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. The play is a delightful and entertaining comedy about the difficulties involved in love and marriage.
Just in case marriage is not sufficiently challenging, add a generational age span, an asexual partner, a love which crosses religious boundaries and life which invades and destroys southern proprieties and you have IMPOSSIBLE situations. Welcome to real life in all its complexities, realities, tragedies and hopefulness. Just don't expect to be undisturbed in life's socially accepted rut! While the playwright Beth Henley, has taken tragedy and imbued it with comedy in Crimes of the Heart, she has written a mirror image in Impossible Marriage. The challenge for us as actors and director is to find life's truth in its peculiarities.
The entire action of the play takes place in Kandall Kingsley's beautiful and mysterious garden. Kandall's youngest daughter, Pandora, is to be wed to Edvard Lunt, a worldly artist twice her age. Kandall does not think the match to be at all suitable. Flora, Pandora's older sister, who is expecting a child at any moment, plots to break off the marriage. Unexpectedly, Sidney Lunt, the groom's son, arrives with a note from his mother in which she vows to throw herself from an attic window if the marriage goes forward. Even Reverend Lawrence who has come to wed the couple has secret hopes and desperate desires. Throughout this wildly funny and moving play the characters struggle heroically with the impossibility of finding an allegiance between their civilized duties and primitive desires.
Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.,
Sundays, February 8 and February 15 at 2:30 p.m. and a Thursday performance
on February 12 at 7:00 p.m.
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