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October 24, 2014   
Posted: January 27, 2006
A Lie of the Mind opens Feb. 8 at Coastal Carolina

Coastal Carolina University Theater will present Sam Shepards 1984 play A Lie of the Mind for five days in February.

The play will run Feb 8 to 12. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 to 11 and at 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 12. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for Coastal alumni and senior citizens. Coastal students, faculty and staff are admitted free. This performance contains adult themes and may not be appropriate for children.

Directed by Steve Earnest, chair of Coastals Department of Theater, the play chronicles life in the western United States. When first released, the play won the N.Y. Drama Critics Award and was described as a variously rending and hilarious reverie about parents and sons and husbands and wives, all blended into mythic wilderness by The New York Times.

Its a really complicated play, Earnest said. [Shepard] explores patriotism and both giving your life for someone you love and also for your family.

The play includes music from Coastals faculty rock band Virtue Trap. The band wrote original music and will play continuously during the performance. Earnest said the music makes the play feel like a movie with a movie score.

Earnest, directing his first play since coming to Coastal in August 2005, received his masters in fine arts from the University of Miami and his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado.

Performers include: Margaret Graham, Robby Hambright, Dion Beard, Matt James, Jordan Alcoba, Krystin Mementowski, Ashley Heyl, all students, and Kris Rau, teaching associate in theater.

For tickets or more information, call the Wheelwright Box Office at 349-2502.

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