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November 3, 2011

UofL Theatre presents ‘Mad at Miles: A Black Woman’s Guide to Truth’

A funny, angry and lyrical look at the dark side of relationships between men and women

LOUISVILLE, Ky. –“Mad at Miles: A Black Woman’s Guide to Truth,” a new dramatic adaptation of the book by Pearl Cleage that explores love, violence and relationship boundaries, will be performed by the University of Louisville’s Department of Theatre Arts African American Theatre Program (AATP).

The play will be performed Nov. 30-Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. nightly plus matinees at 3 p.m. Dec. 4. All performances are at the Thrust Theatre, 2314 S. Floyd St.

Interpreted and directed by AATP director and theatre arts professor Deana Thomas, the play is set against the backdrop of jazz icon Miles Davis and Cicely Tyson’s troubled marriage.

Thomas first heard readings of Cleage’s original essays in 1989 when she and Cleage were faculty members at Spelman College. Inspired by her own experience and stories of abuse wrought by Davis and others, Cleage explored themes of violence, love and unhealthy relationships in what later formed her book.

“Cleage’s stories of women speak out to the age-old mystery as to how men can love us and still hurt us,” Thomas said. “Women grapple with how to survive after reality shatters the idealism of love. The play speaks frankly of the qualities women desire in their men.”

A cast of six mix music and humor in stories that try to understand the paradox of love and pain that many women face in their relationships.

Show tickets are $12 for the general public, $10 for faculty and staff, and $8 for students and senior citizens. For tickets and information, call 502-852-6814 or visit louisville.edu/theatrearts/.

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