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University Production of 'Prometheus Bound'
to Open Dec. 6 in Riverside Theatre

RELEASED: Nov. 27, 2007

poster for Prometheus BoundEAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire music and theatre arts department's production of "Prometheus Bound," by Aeschylus, will open at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in Riverside Theatre. Additional performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7-8 and 12-15, with a matinee performance at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9.

In Greek mythology, Prometheus is the immortal Titan chiefly honored for stealing fire from Zeus in the stalk of a fennel plant and giving it to mortals for their use. For that, Zeus orders him to be chained on top of the Caucasus Mountains.

The play is directed by Richard Nimke, associate professor of music and theatre arts.

According to Nimke, this production is a new translation of the Greek classic by James Kerr and was first performed in London in 2006 and then in spring 2007. The UW-Eau Claire production is the first amateur production of this translation.

"The new translation is an exciting and dynamic one that is accessible to a modern audience while retaining the imagery and beauty of the language," said Nimke. "Our production is aiming to bring the primitive and energetic nature of the piece to the stage. Prometheus stands as a testament to defiance against totalitarianism and absolutism. His gift of fire can be viewed as the gift or curse of science, technology, art, knowledge and the spark of the soul," Nimke said.

Junior Ryan McDaniel, Oregon, will play the role of Prometheus. Senior Joshua Lang, Milwaukee, will play the role of Violence. Junior Tim Jacobs, Hampton, N.H., will play the role of Oceanus. Sophomore Charlene Lucht, Greenville, will play the role of Io. The role of Hermes will be played by senior Shane Chandler, Menomonie. Junior Matthew D. Thompson, Winona, Minn., will play the role of Power, and freshman Anthony Schuh, Neenah, will play Hephuestus.

Members of the chorus are sophomores Stephanie Doms, Chanhassen, Minn., and Maggie Russell, Stoddard; juniors, Brittany Gusho, Milwaukee, and Sheena Thompson, River Falls; and senior Rebecca Witt, Jefferson.

Junior Christian Krueger, Rochester, Minn., is stage manager for the production. Assistant stage manager is senior Melissa Vander Heiden, Plover. Senior Melissa Jean Briggs, Cottage Grove, Minn., is assistant scenic designer for the production. Junior Tyler Morris, Stillwater, Minn., is assistant lighting designer. Assistant professor of music and theatre arts Kevin Gawley is scenic and lighting designer for the production. Arthur Gulig is sound designer. Mallory Rishoi is costume designer. Junior Josh Dolan-Neill, Eau Claire/Fall Creek, is prop designer.

Tickets for "Prometheus Bound," available at the University Service Center, 715-836-3727 or 800-949-UWEC, are $10 for the general public, $8 for those 62 and older; $6 for children 17 and younger, $8 for faculty and staff with a university ID; and $5 for students with a university ID. Group rates are available for the school matinees.

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