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Catawba's Blue Masque Presents "Electra"

February 11, 2009

Category: Events, Theatre Arts

Catawba Students in ElectraThe grounds of ancient Greece will shake with impending justice when the Catawba College's Blue Masque presents "Electra." The production runs from February 25th to the 28th in the Florence Busby Corriher Theatre on campus.

"Electra," written by Sophocles and translated by acclaimed poet and scholar Anne Carson, tells the story of a young woman's struggle with passion and rage as she seeks to restore honor to the tarnished house of her murdered father. In true tragic fashion, Electra must battle with questions of right versus wrong, reason versus action, and staying silent versus speaking up. Re-invigorated with original music and stylized modern dance, this production promises a unique look at a play with themes that remain relevant in contemporary society.

Dr. Janice Fuller, Catawba's Writer-In-Residence and professor of English, serves as literary consultant for the production. She provided the cast with seminars and guidance on the literature and myths of ancient Greece. 

Cast members include Amber Hughes of Seattle, Wash., as Electra; Nicole Bowles of Monroe, as a member of the Chorus; Mary Alice Nichols of Conyers, Ga., as a member of the Chorus; Aaron Ganas of Milwaukee, Wis., as Orestes; Jesse Hunter of powder Springs, Ga., as Pedagogus; Jared Kenish of Glassboro, N.J., as Pylades; Gracie Greenbaum of Tolland, Conn., as Chrysothemis; Sara Johnson of Charlotte as Clytemnestra; and Jesse Siak of Hendersonville as Aegisthus.

The production, directed by Betsy Foster of Baltimore, Md., includes crew members Jordan Hunt of Hartford, Wis., composer; Diana Hagler of Charlotte, stage manager; Vaughn Pullman of Overland Park, Kansas, assistant stage manager; Katherine Tierney of Smyrna, Ga., set designer; Carrie Harris of Asheville, costume designer; Eleanor Withrow of Abingdon, Md., make-up and mask designer; Miranda Smith of Salisbury, lighting designer; Caitlin Becka of Wilmington, technician; and Dustin Sullivan of Monroe, technician.

The production is offered at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25th through Saturday, Feb. 28th in Florence Busby Corriher Theatre on campus. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for all students and senior citizens. For more details, contact the Catawba College Theatre Box Office at (704) 637-4481.


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