"Before You" is a post-modern romantic comedy, written by world-renowned UL primatologist Dr. Daniel Povinelli. The play runs January 8-10, 15-17 & 22-24 at Cité des Arts in downtown Lafayette.

Lafayette LA - Acting Unlimited Inc., a theater company founded in 1995 and produced over 40 stage productions, presents Before You, a new play written by Daniel Povinelli and co-directed by Walter Brown.

Before You follows a single, thirty-something scientist named Jason, who is unhappy with his career and devises a "love equation" which he hopes will give him the key to a more fulfilling life. In increasingly surreal and menacing encounters, his boss and a sexy colleague try to thwart his efforts to solve the equation. Jason must rely on his perpetually underemployed best friend, and the woman who may hold the key to his future, to find a solution which may not lie in the realm of mathematics. The elusive solution is both simpler and more profound than he realizes...but will he recognize the answer when he sees it?

Povinelli is a Professor at the University of Louisiana and is one of the world's leading authorities on animal intelligence in his comparative research on human and chimpanzee cognition. After receiving a doctrine from Yale University, he was named one of the "Top 20 Scientists to Watch in the Next 20 Years" by Discover Magazine and his work has been covered by major international media of the past 20 years including Time, Newsweek, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, the Economist, National Geographic, the London Times, CBS News, National Public Radio, BBC Radio, BBC Television, Japanese Public Television, and Spanish Public Television.

Povinelli has been involved in local community theater for over five years as an actor, director, and set designer for the Evangeline Players, the Iberia Performing Arts League, and Acting Unlimited. In the present production, Povinelli co-directs with long-time collaborator Walter Brown, President and Technical Director of Acting Unlimited. Their co-directorial debut was a production of Thorton Wilder's stage classic, Our Town, for which they were awarded "Best Drama of 2006" by local critic, Ray Blum, who described the production as "one of the finest I have ever seen anywhere." Together, they won the Louisiana Association of Community Theater's Award for Best Technical Production of 2000.

Povinelli has been writing fiction and poetry for over 35 years. This is is his first public production of an original play.

About this production: Before You by Daniel Povinelli Co-directed by Walter Brown January 8-10, 15-17, 22-24 (Thurs- Sun) @ 7:30PM Tickets are $15

Garland J. Theriot
Bruce Coen
Jack Robertson
Christy Leichty
Kayla Lemaire

Tickets available at:
Cité des Arts
109 Vine St
Lafayette, LA 70501

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