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Nov. 3, 2011
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SRU theatre presents Sophocles’ ‘Electra’


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Love, secrets, murder and revenge. These are just a few of the emotions and actions that take place in Slippery Rock University’s theatre’s performance of Sophocles’ “Electra.” The play runs from Nov. 15-21, with opening curtain at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15.

                “This adaptation brings out all of the contemporary actions in the story, updated to be placed in a post World War II setting,” said David Skeele, SRU associate professor of theatre and director. “There will be seven performances of this bold new adaptation by Nick Payne, the English playwright, that clarifies the never-ending cycles of revenge.”
           Electra is a Greek tragedy written around 400 B.C. It tells of King Aganemnon returning from the Trojan War with a new concubine. The king’s wife, Clytemnestra, kills the king and his lover, prompting the king’s son, Orestes, to seek revenge.
        The play retains Sophocles’ character names to maintain a connection to the original. The contemporary version makes the story more accessible to students, Skeele said.
            This cast includes Jess Kowach, a theatre major from Hopewell, as Electra; Luke Chamberlain, a political science major from Latrobe, as Orestes; Alyssa Houk, a psychology major from New Castle, as Clytemnestra; Kevin Moore, a theatre major from Aliquippa, as Strophius; Amber Mikec, a theatre major from Strabane, as Chrysothemis; and Ciera Spencer, a theatre major from Harrisburg, playing the Chorus.

            Gordon Phetteplace, associate professor of theatre, is the set designer; Rebecca Morrice, associate professor of theatre, is the costume designer.

            Aniela Schaefer, a theatre major from Greensburg, is the stage manager; Charlene Jacka, a theatre and communications double major from Oakmont, is sound designer; Ayaka Hikosaka is the props master; Danielle DePalma, a theatre major from Pittsburgh, is the lighting designer; and Chelsea Grossman, a theatre major from Slippery Rock, is the assistant stage manager.

            The production will be performed 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15, 16, 17, 18, 20 and 21, and at 2 p.m. Nov. 20. There is no Saturday performance.
           Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for general admission. Tickets are available at the University Union Information Desk and the Miller Auditorium Box Office. Call 724.738.2645 for more information.


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