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The Greek Trilogy Project at Johnson Theatre

January 10, 2007

Greek Trilogy Project Cast
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 by UNH.

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 ancient Greeks.

“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 fleet.

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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