8/26/2004

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Contact: Charla Jenkins, University Theatre, (785) 864-2684.

KU theatre to restage tragedy that students rehearsed in Greece

LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas Department of Theatre and Film and University Theatre will present "Eumenides," the third play in Aeschylus' "Oresteia," at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 27 and 28, in the William Inge Memorial Theatre in Murphy Hall.

The production is the culmination of the KU Summer Theatre in Greece program in which students spent five weeks living, studying and rehearsing in an elementary school in the Greek village of Katohi. The play was presented at the nearby ancient theatre of Oiniades.

The KU production is being restaged in the manner in which it was performed in Greece, said Dennis Christilles, associate professor of theatre and film, who led the Greek program.

"The play is bilingual," he said. "The students involved in this program spent almost every day in class learning modern Greek. Four girls from the village rounded out our chorus and worked with us to create the production. They helped us with our Greek just as we helped them with their English."

Christilles directed and designed the production, which has a 10-member cast. It is choreographed by Erika Danielle Crane, Tokyo, Japan, senior, also a member of the cast; and costumes are designed by Jessie Cook, Lawrence junior.

The six songs in the production were written by Christilles and arranged by musical director Nicholas C. Mosher, Lawrence senior.

Christilles said the source of Aeschylus' trilogy was the murder of Agamemenon by his wife and her subsequent murder by her son, Orestes. However, he said, the true subject of the work is justice.

"Justice, forged of reason and wisdom as a prerequisite to peace and prosperity, was the central subject of our production."

A talkback will be held after each performance in the Inge Theatre so the cast can discuss the play and the production.

General admission tickets are on sale in the KU ticket offices: University Theatre, 864-3982; Lied Center, 864-ARTS; SUA Office, 864-7469; All seats are $5; VISA and Mastercard are accepted for phone reservations. On performance nights the University Theatre Ticket Office will open at 6:30 p.m.

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