January 25, 2011
A Lie of the Mind on Hayes Auditorium stage February 25-27

Lees-McRae Performing Arts presents Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind February 25-27 in Hayes Auditorium.

Directed by Dr. Tessa Carr, A Lie of the Mind is an eight-character meditation on themes familiar to any reader of playwright Sam Shepard. The play explores family dysfunction and the nature of love as it alternates between two families connected by a marriage.

"Sam Shepard is arguably one of the greatest living U.S. playwrights. His work interrogates what it means to be 'American', how the mythology of the west informs our ideas about nationality, and how these ideas manifest in gender roles and relationships," said Director Tessa Carr. "This is the first LMC main stage performance of Shepard's work."

"Exposure to the work of Sam Shepard is a must for any contemporary U.S. performer or designer," Carr continued. "Shepard's deeply emotional and often dysfunctional characters give performers the opportunity to create rich character portraits. The small ensemble cast teaches students the ethics of community responsibility in making the production as strong as possible."

Show times are as follows: Friday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 27 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students and children and are available at the door. All seats are general admission. The box office opens one hour before show time.

The show features original set and light design by Danielle Curtis, costume design by Dr. Michael Hannah, original musical score by Jason Pickering, and fight choreography by Todd Morgan.

A Lie of the Mind contains mature subject matter that is not suitable for children. Mature audiences only.

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