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May 4, 2005
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Two plays by visiting Greek playwright to be staged May 10-11 at KU


LAWRENCE -- Two plays by Greek playwright Andreas Flourakis will be read at the University of Kansas in May in culmination of Flourakis' three-month visit to KU as a Fulbright scholar.

" Atreides, End," which will be read Tuesday, May 10, is an interpretation of the end of the Atreides myth, bringing about a "logical" conclusion to the family that includes Orestes, Electra, Chrysothemis, and Iphigenia.

" The Phoenix and Its Chicken" will be read Wednesday, May 11. A darkly comic story of elusive identities and illicit desires, the play is set mostly in a hospital following a traffic accident.
Both readings will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Inge Theatre in Murphy Hall.

" The Clothing Project," a collaborative play created by KU students enrolled in Flourakis' playwriting class, will be read from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, May 9, in 341 Murphy Hall.

Flourakis is a Greek writer and playwriting teacher. He studied Greek and international cinema and was a writer-in-residence for the Royal Court Theatre, London. He has published three books of poems, a novel and two plays in Greece. Scenes from his play "The Phoenix and Its Chicken" were read in the Royal Court Theatre in London in 2001 and the Gate Theater in Dublin in 2003. His plays "The Days Before You Came" and "Her Leaves" have been performed by the Theater of the South and by the Greek Cultural Olympiad. A staged reading of his last play, "Atreides, End," was presented at the 29th Comparative Drama Conference in Los Angeles earlier this spring.

The readings at KU, which are free and open to the public, will be followed by a discussion with the audience. Both plays contain adult themes and language.

Readers for the two plays are listed by name, class, parents' names, high school and play(s):

ALLEN COUNTY
From Iola
Samantha Raines, senior in theatre and film, daughter of Susan Raines; Iola High School; "The Phoenix and Its Chicken" and "Atreides, End."

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Lawrence
Summer Eglinski, senior in theatre and film, daughter of Ed and Pam Eglinski; Lawrence Free State High School; "The Phoenix and Its Chicken."
Sarah Hahs, senior administrative assistant for the KU Department of Theatre and Film; "Atreides, End."

From Lawrence and Bemidji, Minn.
Patrick Carriere, doctoral student in theatre and film, son of Donald and Winifred Carriere, Bemidji, Minn.; Bemidji High School; "Atreides, End."

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Olathe
Eric Avery, junior in theatre and film, son of Mary Ann Avery and John and Vivian Avery; Highland Park High School, Topeka; "The Phoenix and Its Chicken."

From Stanley and Odessa, Mo.
Stephen Burkett, senior in architecture, son of Stephen Burkett, Stanley, and Brenda Brenneman, Odessa, Mo.; Odessa High School; "The Phoenix and Its Chicken" and "Atreides, End."

LEAVENWORTH COUNTY
From Lansing
Lawrence Henderson, sophomore in theatre and film, son of Lawrence W. Henderson and Terril Harris; Lansing High School; "The Phoenix and Its Chicken" and "Atreides, End."

From Leavenworth
John Matteson, freshman in theatre and film, son of Wallace and Christine Matteson; Leavenworth Senior High School; "Atreides, End."

ILLINOIS
From Wheaton
Larissa Ejzak, junior in physics and in theatre and film, daughter of Richard and Karen Ejzak; Wheaton Warrenville South High School; "The Phoenix and Its Chicken" and "Atreides, End."

MINNESOTA
From Bemidji and Lawrence, Kan.
Patrick Carriere. See Douglas County, Kan.

MISSOURI
From Odessa
Stephen Burkett. See Johnson County, Kan.

JAPAN
From Tokyo
Erika Crane, senior in theatre and film with a minor in human development and family life, daughter of Gene and Hideko Crane; International School of the Sacred Heart; "The Phoenix and Its Chicken" and "Atreides, End."

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