"Cover of Life" to close out theater season
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Posted by: Katy Watson
1943 Louisiana serves as the backdrop for a story of war, sisterhood and self-worth for the OC theatre season finale. The Cover of Life will have performances April 16-18 in Judd Theatre.
Tood, Weetsie and Sybill are brides in rural Louisiana, each married to a Cliffert brother. While the men are off to war, a local news story about young wives keeping the “home fires burning” intrigues the newspaper publisher, Henry Luce. He decides that they belong on the cover of Life Magazine and assigns Kate Miller to the story. Kate has been covering the war in Europe and, though she views doing a “women's piece” as a career setback, she accepts because it will be her big break. Kate spends a week with the Cliffert women and her big-city attitude gives way to empathy as she develops an understanding of the Clifferts and herself.
OC professor Dr. Barrett Huddleston will direct. Huddleston has directed past OC productions including The Ugly Duckling and R.U.R.
“The insight of R.T. Robinson's Cover of Life derives from its capacity to perturb this facade through humor and drama. The Cliffert girls represent home front wives at odds with the very media mechanisms that shape their daily lives,” Huddleston said. “This dramatic tension raises relevant questions: by what standard should one appraise marriage and family? How can our sex, age or geographic locale be used to reinforce or critique larger institutions? What is a woman's “place?”
Performances will begin at 8 each evening. Ticket information is available by calling the OC Box office at 405-425-5540. The production is suitable for ages 12 and up.
OC Theatre is planning for the 2009-2010 season. Following the theme of “Odd Couples” productions will include A Year with Frog and Toad, The Tragedy of Tragedies or the Life and Death of Tom Thumb the Great and Two Rooms.