Lovers of retro fashion are in for a visual treat at Concordia Theatre’s upcoming production of "Perfect Arrangement." But there’s more than chiffon dresses and tweed suits occupying the closets of the play’s young married couples.
Set in Washington, D.C., during the 1950s, Topher Payne’s tragicomedy tells the story of two neighboring couples leading secret lives during the Lavender Scare – a time in U.S. history when homosexuals were persecuted and considered as threatening to the American way of life as the communists.
“The story illustrates the courage people often have to have just to be in their relationships,” says the show’s director, Sally Story. “When I read the script, it struck a chord with me, and I knew we had to have it at Concordia.”
This will be the regional premiere of "Perfect Arrangement" and the first collegiate production of the play.
The show runs Feb. 11-13 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. in the Frances Frazier Comstock Theatre. Tickets may be purchased in person at the theatre’s box office from 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, via email or by calling 218.299.3314.
Laura Caroon '06 is a content strategist at Concordia College.