The Color Purple
New Venture Theatre is bringing the beloved musical The Color Purple to the stage of LSU’s Shaver Theatre. The novel by Alice Walker and film by Steven Spielberg have become American classics, with the film being especially beloved for its effective and beautiful visuals and the dramatic turns it allowed Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey. The musical version is fast becoming as notable in American culture as its predecessors. The epic story explores the life of Celie, a young woman born into poverty, abuse, and extreme challenges and the personal awakening over the course of 40 years that allowed rise above the circumstances into which she was born. The musical score features jazz, ragtime, gospel, African music and blues to tell this story of hope, a testament to the healing power of love, and a celebration of life. Mature content. Not recommended for children under 14. July 20–22, 7:30 pm; July 23, 2 pm and 7:30 pm; and July 24, 3 pm. $35 regular admission, $30 students with ID. newventuretheatre.org.