Introducing our 2019-2020 Season!
In the coming year Swine Palace is thrilled to present a season filled with stories that pulse with life. Traveling from an office in Manhattan following an act of extreme violence to the entire globe examined through the lens of oil, Swine Palace continues to tell stories that represent the vast and diverse human experience.
by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Femi Euba
November 6 -10, November 12 - 17 2019
Swine Palace begins the season with Pulitzer Prize finalist, Gloria by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. Taking place in modern-day Manhattan, it starts on a normal work day for a group of aspiring writers who are growing tired of the monotony of their desk jobs. Dean stumbles in hungover from a party at the home of the 'office freak', Gloria, the night prior. As the day goes on, everyone goes about their business, though tensions are high with a dispute over who should be allowed to write a story on a deceased singer, and Gloria begins to act stranger than usual. In a shocking moment everything changes.
by Ella Hickson
Directed by Joy Vandervort-Cobb
February 5 - 9, February 11 - 16, 2020
Ella Hickson's Oil is a play about the global implications of our dependency on oil, and tackles subjects including empire, energy and the environment, as well as mother-daughter relationships. The play's action spans 150 years, beginning in Cornwall in 1889, proceeding via Tehran in 1908 and Hampstead in 1970, to Baghdad in 2021, and finally returning to Cornwall in the year 2051. The action focuses on a woman called May and her daughter Amy, who age as the play progresses but whose lives seem uncoupled from calendar time. We first see May as a 19th-century Cornish farmer’s wife, three months pregnant. When a mysterious American salesman arrives at her isolated, freezing, candle-lit home, his demonstration of the newly invented kerosene lamp lights something within her, and soon she is off to pursue her destiny.
We would also like to share the productions coming to the
LSU Mainstage this year...
Trouble in mind
by Alice Childress
Directed by G.D. Kimble
Sept 25 - Oct 8, 2019
Alice Childress’s play, Trouble in Mind is a semi-satirical study of racism in the theater world that proves fascinating on several levels. It is a sometimes-acrid backstage comedy, a frank look at mid-1950s social attitudes and also a commentary on the discomfort between blacks and whites that remains relevant to some degree today. The play opens on the first day of rehearsals for a new Broadway drama, “Chaos in Belleville,” that is written and directed by white artists. Several African-American actors are complaining to one another about the stereotypical roles they have played in other shows.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
by William Shakespeare
Directed by George Judy
April 22 - May 3, 2020
In this classic Shakespeare play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. The play is one of Shakespeare's most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world.
(Theatre for young
by Melissa James Gibson
Directed by John Fletcher
November 19-24, 2019
In adjacent apartments that resemble nothing so much as broom closets with windows, the three young, ambitious neighbors of Melissa James Gibson's [sic] come together to discuss, flirt, argue, share their dreams, and plan their futures with unequal degrees of deep hopefulness and abject despair, all the while pushing the limits of their friendship to the max and demonstrating that language can be both an instrument of intimacy and a weapon of defense. Theo is a composer trying to create a heroic theme for an amusement park ride called the Thrill-o-Rama; Babette is a writer who is trying to finish--or even start--a book theorizing that temper tantrums are the major motivating force behind historical events; and Frank is a would-be auctioneer, preparing for his future career by constantly practicing such tongue twisters as "Sally sought some seeds to sow but sadly soon it snowed." By exploring these questing lives in language that alternates between exhilarating structural inventiveness and loony comedy, poignant soul-searching and incisive analysis of the life that may actually exist beyond one's four walls, Melissa James Gibson has created a unique play that is as witty and wise as it is stylistically groundbreaking and unexpected.