(August 27, 2009)

Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073.

MLP Kicks Off Season With "Never the Sinner" Sept. 25

Never the Sinner

SHREVEPORT, La.— The Marjorie Lyons Playhouse begins the 2009-10 season with the opening production of John Logan's "Never the Sinner" Friday, Sept. 25 beginning at 8 p.m.

Directed by Emily Heugatter, the cast includes Centenary students: Destin Bass, Andrew Wood, David Fitzgibbons, Erik Champney, Jacob Bates, Emily Slazer, and Chelsea David.

Additional shows will take place:

  • Saturday, Sept. 26 at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 27 at 2 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 2 at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 3 at 8 p.m.

Ticket prices for adults are $10; seniors, military and students are $7. Admission is free for the Centenary community.

In what seems to be ripped from the headlines of today, Never the Sinner is the true story of the complex relationship of Leopold and Loeb that lead to the murder of a fourteen year old boy "for the thrill of it." Their deed and the sensational trial that followed enthralled a nation in 1924 has inspired playwrights, screenwriters and authors to pen plays, movies, musicals and books all examining the psyche of two boys that had so much promise but hardly any as well received as Never the Sinner.

Never the Sinner depicts the story of Leopold and Loeb - two young millionaire boys who in 1924, while attending university of Chicago, murdered a fourteen-year-old boy simply for the "thrill of it." This cinematic play chronicles the dark, deranged yet hauntingly tender world of Leopold and Loeb's relationship against the media's sensational coverage of what was then, "the trial of the century." A trial which is now equally famous for Clarence Darrow's legendary defense of the boys in the face of city-wide cries for execution.

Box office will open Monday, Sept. 21 and will be open daily from noon until 4 p.m. For more information, please call 318.869.5242.

About Centenary College of Louisiana

Centenary College is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and has been recognized as "One of the Best 371 Colleges" by the Princeton Review and one of "America's Best Colleges" and one of "America's Best Private Colleges" by Forbes.com. In 2008 Centenary College celebrated 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City.