By Tara Ayres & Doug Holtz
Directed by Casey Grimm
Loving More is a comedy about one family's experience with polyamory, or having more than one intimate partner at a time. No, we're not talking about extra-marital affairs or swinging - this is about three gay men making a home together, a lesbian college student with three very different girlfriends, a man struggling with his wife's bisexual longings, and a teen just starting to discover personal relationships. It's a mature soap opera, so Loving More is probably not appropriate for children or Ralph Ovadal.
Polyamory, which literally means "many loves," is a lifestyle involving responsible, honest, and consensual non-monogamy among the partners in relationship. Polyamory has been explored previously in the local media, with good results. In February, 2001, Tenaya Darlington of Isthmus wrote a feature article about a local polyamorous triad and highlighted the Wisconsin Poly Group (www.wipoly.com) . And in 2002, the Wisconsin Film Festival included When Two Won't Do, a feature-length film about polyamory, in its line-up. All three screenings were sold-out.
Loving More is the brainchild of Christine Bzdawka, founder of the Wisconsin Poly Group, and was written by local playwrights Tara Ayres and Doug Holtz. All three are available for interviews. In addition, a talk-back session will follow the Sunday, December 14th performance, and members of polyamory groups throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois will be in attendance.
Loving More will run almost concurrently with True Confessions of a Go-Go Girl (Dec. 5-19th). This play is a retelling of playwright Jill Morley's personal experience on the New Jersey exotic-dance circuit. It promises to be provocative and highly entertaining.
Produced by Mercury Players at Bartell Theatre, 113 E. Mifflin St., Madison
Performances: Dec 5-20, 2003
7:30 pm Thurs, Fri, Sat, 3 pm Sun, 5 pm closing Sat
Ticket Prices $12 & $15
Call 608-242-0150 for reservations or more information.