Coe Theatre Department to present "Electra"

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2008-10-31 07:33:25 - General

Bailey Clark '10 (chorus), Caitlin Staebell '09 (chorus), Addie Phelps '09 (Electra) and Matei Dima '10 (Orestes) are featured in the upcoming Coe theatre production of "Electra." The performance opens Nov. 14 in the Dows Theatre on the Coe campus.

The Coe College Department of Theatre Arts will present a modern adaptation of the Greek tragedy "Electra" Nov. 14, 15, 16, 20, 21 and 22 in Dows Theatre on the Coe campus. All performances begin at 8 p.m. except for the Sunday, Nov. 16 performance, which starts at 2 p.m.

Seats are reserved, and tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at the door, or by calling the Coe Box Office at 399-8600, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Featuring an all-student cast, "Electra" is directed by Steven Marc Weiss, Coe College associate professor of theatre arts. Talkbacks with the director and cast will be held following the Thursday and Sunday performances.

A story as old as time and as shocking as today's headlines, Sophocles' "Electra" is a larger-than-life tragedy of family betrayal, cold-blooded murder, civil war, and political intrigue. Many years after Electra has saved him from certain death by sending him into exile, her brother Orestes returns to Argos incognito and fullfils his sister's fondest wish - the revenge murder of their mother Clytemnestra and of her lover Aegisthus. In Frank McGuinness' terse, tense and vibrant English adaptation, this ancient Greek revenge play exposes the pain of emotional loss and crippling, obsessive sorrow.

"The depth of the play is not in the design of its dramatic action but rather in the rich complexity of its multi-faceted characters and in their failure to conform to easy moral categorization," noted Weiss in his director's notes. "While it is fairly clear much of the time where the playwright's sympathies lie, none of the principal characters is ever all good or bad. All of them, in fact, put forth valid reasons for acting as they do (or have done), and it is ultimately as impossible to dismiss or denounce any of them outright as it is to empathize with them without reservation."

For its 1998 New York production, this version of "Electra," starring Zoƫ Wanamaker, earned three Tony Award nominations, including one for Best Revival of a Play.

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