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Lake Forest College Theater Presents 'All of Orestes'

Experience a Greek tragedy with laughs at Lake Forest College's production of 'All of Orestes," which opens Feb. 21 and runs through March 2.

The Lake Forest College Theater Department presents its humorous take on Greek tragedy, "All of Orestes," from Feb. 21 through March 2.

The production is a three-act look at Orestes and his descent into matricidal madness. It is a modern adaptation of nearly all the Greek tragedies that feature Orestes (Aeschylus’ Oresteia, Sophocles’ Elektra, and Euripides’ Elektra,Orestes, Andromache and Iphigenia in Tauris).

Orestes returns to Argos ten years after his mother kills his father to enact murderous revenge with the help of his sister Elektra. Hunted by the Furies, he finally abandons his flight and stands trial under a new system of justice.

This is a contemporary work of theater that updates Ancient Greece to a Cold War Soviet look. Recasting the plays' language into a contemporary voice, Graney has found dark humor in the story of the blood revenge that curses Orestes until the gods enact a new democratic system of justice that finally stops the ongoing cycle of retribution. Immerse yourself in Graney's promenade style of theater.

Cast

Stephen Bromfield: Orestes

Maya Beckles: Calchas + Cassandra + Andromache

Madison Gordon: Achilles + Neoptolemus

Sam Kaser: Clytemnestra + Clytemnestra's Murderer

Selmir Klicic: Agamemnon + Sisyphus Stoneroller

Kiersten Kolstad: Elektra + Helen

Ayden Lopez: Menelaus + Aegisthus

Jenna Mary Madeley: Iphigenia + Hermione

Nick Banks: Pylades

The production is directed and created by Sean Graney, Artistic Director of The Hypocrites, Chicago.

"All of Orestes" run Feb. 21 through March 2 at Hixon Hall at Lake Forest College. Thursday and Friday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday shows will be held at 7:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

Tickets are $3 for students and seniors, $7 for adults. Cash payment at the door. E-mail theater@mx.lakeforest.edu to reserve.

The school's next production, "Once On This Island," is scheduled for April. It is a musical for all ages produced by the Lake Forest College Theater Department and the Garrick Players.

Submitted by Lake Forest College

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