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Theater department to perform "Orestes"


Union will be the first college to produce a musical version of “Orestes: An Antic Tragedy,” to be performed at Yulman Theater at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31-Nov. 3, with a matinee Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m.

The play has been transadapted from Euripides’s classic Greek tale by noted American playwright Anne Washburn. It will include original music by James Sugg, a Helen Hayes award nominee.

“This play is ironic, desperate, humorous and highly entertaining, with a chorus of six women who sing continually throughout the evening,” said William Finlay, director of the all-student cast and chair of the Department of Theater and Dance.

“I believe our audience here at the college, without a shred of knowledge about Greek literature, will be carried away by this ebullient, sharp-tongued, constantly surprising Orestes.”

“Orestes” is the story of the tragic events that ensue after siblings Orestes and Electra murder their mother, Clytemnestra, to avenge the death of their father, Agamemnon.

The large ensemble cast includes Lizzie Cohen ’13, Rose Dumbrigue ’16, Meredith Fierro ’13, Joe Kiernan ’13, Rachel Magan ’14, Lizzie Magas ’15, Lauren Resnikoff ’15, Jasmine Roth ’14, Ryan Semerad ’13, Sarang Sharma ’15, Alexandra Weisse ’13 and Yuqiao Yuan ’15, with Robyn Belt ’14 as Electra and Dan Pallies ’15 as Orestes. The actors were drawn from the Theater Department as well other disciplines.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for students, which can be charged to declining balance.