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'Oresteia' to open Oct. 20 in Kjer Theatre

RELEASED: Oct. 11, 2011

Editor's Note: Media interested in conducting interviews or in taking photographs/video should contact Richard Nimke in advance of the opening night to make arrangements. You can reach him at 715-836-2407 or nimkerf@uwec.edu.

Oresteia

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will present "Oresteia," an ancient Grecian trilogy, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20-22 and Oct. 26-29, and at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 30 in Kjer Theatre.

"Oresteia," written and adapted by Richard Nimke and Paul Calenberg, is based on the original trilogy by Aeschylus, first produced in 458 B.C.

The performance comprise three tragedies, "Agamemnon," "The Libation Bearers" and "Eumenides." The tragedies were written to be performed together but contemporary audiences rarely see them as a whole because of the length of the production. The version adapted by Nimke and Calenberg tells all three stories in a single evening.

The stories follow a series of events that result from a curse on the House of Atreus that has led to a line of revenge. Set 10 years after the Trojan War, the trilogy begins with the death of Agamemnon by the hands of his wife, Clytemnestra, who is then killed by their son, Orestes. Hounded by the Furies, Orestes is tried for the murder of his mother. With the intervention of the gods Apollo and Athena, the trilogy celebrates the end of an old order of vengeance and retribution and the beginning of a new order of justice within a democratic society.

Clytemnestra, the wife of Agamemnon, will be played by Katie Gerarden, De Pere. Agamemnon will be played by Evan Wilberg, Anoka, Minn., and Cassandra and Pythia will be played by Siri Brobst, Rochester, Minn. Jake Brockmann, Merrill, will play the Watchman. Aegisthus will be played by Tyler Edmondson, Appleton, and Orestes will be played by Seth Hale, Antigo. The chorus leader is Michael Renner, Waukesha. The chorus of Mycenae Elders consists of Kevin McCarthy, Eau Claire; Scott Krueger, Eagan, Minn.; Micah Harder, Hartland; Alex Baca, Apple Valley, Minn.; and Paul Matthews, Wauwatosa. These cast members also will play Athenian citizens.

Electra will be played by Aubrey Eggers, Wauwatosa. The nurse will be played by Ellen Dawson, Crystal, Minn. Samantha Johnson, Rogers, Minn., will be the chorus and Furies leader. The chorus of servant women and the Furies will be played by Claire Kafka Duda, Rolla, Mo.; Molly Wilson, Beloit; Holly Bergman, Green Bay; and Leah Beckman, Andover, Minn. JT Stocks, McFarland, will play Apollo, and Abby Lowenstein, La Crosse, will play Athena.

Tickets, available online and at the University Service Center, 715-836-3727 or 800-949-UWEC, are $12 for the general public; $10 for those 62 and older and faculty and staff with a university ID; $8 for children 17 and younger; and $4.50 for students with a university ID.

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