Fund for New American Plays

Sign of the Lizard

The People's Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, PA

The execution of poet/playwright Federico Garcia Lorca provides a powerful investigation of politics and violence in Louis Lippa's Sign of the Lizard. Both his artistry and his homosexuality made Lorca a target of the Spanish military government in power in 1936. Sign of the Lizard examines the struggle between order, authority, and artistic freedom.

Louis Lippa, resident playwright at the People's Light and Theatre Company for 11 years, has had more than 20 of his works produced, including three off-Broadway productions. A House Remembered won the Obie Award in 1987. Lippa's Stone House received the 1985 Charles Sergel Drama Award. He has received four Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Playwright's Fellowships, a Huntington Hartford Foundation Grant, and fellowships from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania. His six-hour, two-part adaptation of Theodore Dreiser's groundbreaking novel Sister Carrie premiered at People's Light in 1991. Lippa is also a director and actor.

Director: Ken Marini
Set Designer: David P. Gordon
Lighting Designer: James F. Pyne, Jr.
Costume Designer: M. Michael Montgomery
Sound Designer: Charles T. Brastow
Composer: John Lilley
Choreography: Julia Lopez
Featured Peformers: Peter Delaurier, Robin Atkin Downes, Louis Lippa, Stephen Novelli, Tom Teti
Running Dates: September 30-November 13, 1994

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