Morehead State University :: MSU Theater Presents ‘Lucia’

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Morehead State University’s Department of Music, Theater and Dance will present its third production of the 2021-22 theater season with a production of “Lucia” by Rebecca Gorman O’Neill.


The play runs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 31 through April 2, and April 7 through April 9. There are matinee performances at 2 p.m. on Sundays, April 3 and 10. All performances are at the Lucille Caudill Little (LCL) Theater at Breckinridge Hall.


“Lucia” centers on the title character Lucia (pronounced “loo-CHEE-ah”) Joyce, a former professional dancer and daughter of iconic authors James Joyce and Nora Barnacle. She was romantically involved with Samuel Beckett before he became an accomplished author and was once a patient of psychoanalyst Carl Jung. Lucia spent the last two-thirds of her life in mental health facilities, her story overshadowed by famous men, especially her father. Lucia’s light shines brightest in this multi-genre piece, illuminating a path for others like her.


Greg Carlisle, an associate professor of theater at MSU, is the director of “Lucia.” He said he had heard of Lucia Joyce a few years ago and considered her story “captivating, heartbreaking and inspiring”. Shortly after hearing about Lucia, one of his students from 16 years ago contacted him about a different project and mentioned that his friend had written an unreleased play about Lucia Joyce and asked him if he would like to read it.


“I responded with an enthusiastic ‘yes’,” Carlisle said. “I loved the play because it not only shed more light on Lucia’s story for me, but the play is richly structured, with each scene both tied to a chapter in Lucia’s father’s novel ‘Ulysses’ and a kind of theatre.”


Carlisle also wanted to incorporate dance into the production and contacted playwright “Lucia” O’Neill. He collaborated with Dr. Natasha Davis, associate professor of dance and assistant dean of Caudill College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, to incorporate a three-person dance ensemble into the production.


“The biggest choreographic challenge has been to provide a well-balanced blend of historical dance (1920s expressionist dance also known as modern dance) with contemporary movements of today while ensuring that the dancers and audiences can see the foundations of modern dance and examine how it began versus where it is today,” Davis said.


Carlisle said this blend of theatrical genres and dance choreography allowed MSU students to tell an essential story in a unique way.


“I want everyone to know more about Lucia. I can’t believe I only recently heard about her, and I hope everyone is as interested in her story as I am. “, did he declare. “I hope anyone in the audience who feels they struggle to express their creativity will be inspired by Lucia’s story to shine their light.”


Tickets are $11 for the general public, $6 for seniors and non-MSU students, and free with ID for MSU students. The MSU Theater box office is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Reservations are required for all MSU Theater productions and can be made by calling 606-783-2170 or emailing [email protected]


Wearing masks and face coverings during the performance is recommended, but not required.


To learn more about MSU Theater and see this season’s schedule, visit www.moreheadstate.edu/theatre.


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