“Merlin & Vivien,” a full-length one-act play, is scheduled for six performances at Cité des Arts, 109 Vine Street, in downtown Lafayette, starting on September 16. The play is a collaborative merging of a series of poems written by Forrest M. Byrd and their encapsulating dialogue written by John W. Fiero. Both writers are former colleagues of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s English Department and longtime friends. They also were mainstays in the Eavesdrop Theatre.
The play is not a typical collaboration. Its nucleus in Byrd’s sequence of poems set within Fiero’s dialog. It depicts an illicit relationship between lovers, who like their counterparts in Arthurian myth, seen ill-fated from the start. The voice of the poems I Merlin’s and his magic is in his vivid, vibrant words. He is a drifter, endlessly searching for something neither he nor Vivien are sure of. She is an aging socialite, apparently comfortable in her social world. The Reader is detached narrator, reading the poems and sometimes providing background.
Vivien is the focal character. She is alone in the motel room, and Merlin appears as her memory of him as a young man. She struggles to exorcise his “ghost” in order to justify the prudent but passionless choices she has made.
The play is being directed by Eavesdrop veteran, Joe Riehl. The cast features Sandra Broussard as Vivien, Trevor Chapman as the younger Merlin of Viven’s memory, and Daniel Ladmirault, the Reader, who can be seen as an older Merlin.
Performance dates for the play are September 16th and 17th at 7:30 PM and September 18th at 2:00 PM; September 23rd and 24th at 7:30 PM and September 25th at 2 PM. Admission is $17 and $12 for students. Tickets and reservations can be made by phone at (337) 291-1122 or by visiting citedesarts.org.
If you feel like escaping Bridgeway Apartments in Lafayette, Louisiana for the day, this event is a perfect opportunity to do just that!
Friday, September 16, 2016— 7:30 PM
Event Venue Location:
Cité des Arts
109 Vine Street
Lafayette, Louisiana 70501