The Greek Trilogy Project at Johnson Theatre
January 10, 2007
Photo by UNH Photo Services, Left to right: Seraphina Caligiure, Christine Dulong, Jerard Craven
UNH, in collaboration with Keene State College and Plymouth State University,
presents “The Greek Trilogy Project” February 21-25 at the Johnson
Theatre in the Paul Creative Arts Center
The trilogy of Greek plays includes “The Trojan Women” by Euripides,
performed by Plymouth State University, “Agamemnon” by Aeschylus,
performed by Keene State College, and “Electra” by Sophocles, performed
Exploring the theme of the consequences of war on the victor, this trilogy
will prove to be as vital and relevant to our lives today as it was to the
“The idea is to excite a student who may have a very deep seeded preconception
that the older the play, the duller and less meaningful to his or her life,” says
David Kaye, director of Electra.
The Greek Trilogy will show the evolution of playwriting told through a continuing
story by the greatest playwrights of antiquity. “The Trojan Women” follows
the fate of women after Troy has been attacked, husbands killed, and their
remaining families taken away as slaves. This includes the Princess Cassandra
who is slated to become the conquering General Agamemnon’s concubine.
“Agamemnon” picks up the story with the homecoming of Agamemnon
and his slave and concubine Cassandra. Clytemnestra, Agamemnon’s wife,
awaits her husband with thoughts of vengeance for the death of their daughter,
Iphigenia, whom Agamemnon had sacrificed to gain favorable winds for the Greek
The trilogy concludes with “Electra,” the daughter of Agamemnon
and Clytemnestra. Electra’s mother, with the help of her lover, kills
Agamemnon and rules over his lands. Electra yearns for her brother’s
return and for the day her father’s murder can be avenged.
Guest lecturer James Arieti will discuss the trilogy’s theme during
a free lecture Thursday, Feb. 22 at 4:30 p.m. in the Hennessy Theatre, Paul
Creative Arts Center.
The Art Gallery will have an art exhibit on view which coincides with The
Greek Trilogy. The exhibit, “The Disasters of War by Goya: Selections
from the Georgia Museum of Art,” also examines the effects of war and
runs January 20 – April 7. The Art Gallery is free of charge and is located
in the Paul Creative Arts Center.
“The Trojan Women,” directed by Paul Mroczka, will be presented
Feb. 23 at 7:00 p.m.; “Agamemnon,” directed by Ron Spangler, runs
Feb. 24 at 7:00 p.m.; and “Electra” runs February 21–22 at
7:00 p.m. and February 25 at 2:00 p.m. Arieti will lead a moderated panel discussion
after each performance.
Attend all 3 plays for $25.00; $12.50 for general admission; $10.50 for seniors/children,
UNH ID holders and groups of 15 or more. The theatre box office opens one hour
prior to curtain in the lobby at the Paul Creative Arts Center. For more information,
call the theatre and dance office at 2-2919.
For tickets, contact the MUB ticket office at 2-2290, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4
p.m., or visit www.unhmub.com.
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