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Sophocles' ELECTRA
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 8:30pm

A northwest premiere of a new adaptation by Frank McGuinness

Directed by Devon Allen
Scenic and Lighting Design by Glenn Gauer
Choreography by Carolyn Holzman
Costume Design by Kim Decker

"Shall there be killing after killing forever?"

The children in the House of Atreus, Electra and Orestes, are the offspring of King Agamemnon who, when the gods demanded human sacrifice if he was to move his stalled ships forward during his war against Troy, killed his own daughter—their sister—Iphigenia. Agamemnon was in turn murdered by his wife (and Iphigenia's mother) Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus. This left the eldest, Electra, his chief mourner and sworn avenger. To insure that vengeance (the murder of mother and stepfather), Electra hid her young brother Orestes away from harm in the care of a loyal servant, to return when he was old enough to do the bloody deed. In the meantime, Electra lives as an embittered exile within the palace, baiting and battling her mother, while her sister Chrysothemis represents the conquered who is willing to compromise with the conqueror.

As adapted in 1997 by Irish playwright Frank McGuinness, Sophocles' s 2000-plus-year-old story of revenge is grounded in the world of ancient Greece and our modern day war-torn counterparts, and stripped down to a bare-bones ninety minutes. Accessible to mature audiences of any stripe, the tale of this most dysfunctional of all families plays out to a bitter end - justice, as Electra sees it, must be done.

PSU Student Preview - Thursday, March 5th, 2009
Friday, March 6th - Saturday, March 14th, 2009
Where: Artists Repertory Theatre - Morrison Stage
Time: For student preview (March 5th), doors open at 7:15 pm (For admission, present PSU ID)
For other dates, 7:30 pm on Tuesday through Saturday performances and 2:00 pm on Sunday, March 8th
General admission tickets: $10, Seniors/Students/PSU Students: $8

Tickets available at PSU Box Office 503.725.3307 (foyer of Smith Memorial Union) and Ticketmaster.

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