Saturday, July 25, 2009

Ancient Writing - Contemporary Questions: Sophocles' ELECTRA @ STANFORD

by Sophocles
translated by Anne Carson
directed by Rush Rehm

July 23 – August 15, 2009

Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 pm
Sunday matinee on August 9 at 2:00 pm

Memorial Auditorium, Stanford University; (Seating right at the level of the stage)

---I have to say that I am biased with this production because a very good friend, Francesca McKenzie, plays the role of the sister in this riveting production of "Electra."

Besides my friend being a part of a magnificent production, this ancient writing was as fresh as anything I have seen in a long time. The ensemble did an incredible job accompanied by stunning lighting, stark design and emotive characters.

Don't worry if you don't know about about Greek philosophy (or the story itself) because the "Chorus" describes the entire story through contemporary dance, song and speech. Overall, it was as compelling as theater gets. I hope people get an opportunity to explore the classics. This is a rare chance to see it performed.

Cost: $10 for students, buy on-line beforehand!

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